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Can I still get benefits if I am an undocumented worker?

Can I still get benefits if I am an undocumented worker?
by Attorney Diana Robles

Absolutely!  Immigration status of a worker is not a factor for Workers’ Compensation benefits in Arizona.  In fact, Arizona laws expressly cover undocumented workers in its workers compensation statutes.  The Arizona Workers Compensation Act defines covered employees as “every person in the service of an employer … including aliens and minors legally or illegally permitted to work for hire …” A.R.S. 23-901(6)(b).  There is no reduction of benefits for not being a legal resident.

The Arizona workers compensation system is a no fault system, which entitles the injured worker to necessary medical treatment, in addition to 66 2/3 of their average monthly wage, when they can’t work because of their injury.  It is very important to report the injury to the employer promptly when you are injured.

If you or somebody you know is injured on the job or facing a disability that will keep them out of work for 12 months or more, call Snow, Carpio & Weekley toll-free number at 855-325-4781 to schedule a free consultation in one of our office located around the state. Or, we are happy to schedule a consult over the phone if you are unable to come into an office in person. You may also visit our website at www.workinjuryaz.com.