If you are not a citizen and you are injured at work, you may be concerned about what your citizenship status means in relation to your access to benefits for your injury. The answers hinge both on whether you are here legally and what types of benefits you are seeking.
You may be surprised to learn that if you are injured at work while here illegally, you are still entitled to receive medical treatment and workers’ compensation benefits or temporary disability benefits. In addition to this, you can also receive a reward for your injury.
To pursue social security benefits, you need to be here legally, but you do not have to be a citizen. You will need to provide the paperwork documenting your legal status as well as documentation of the medical issue preventing you from returning to work.