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Can Undocumented Persons Bring a Lawsuit in New York?

The answer is YES!  There is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there in the public, with fear and intimidation often dominating truth and justice. 

If you have been injured in an accident due to someone's negligence, you have the absolute right to bring a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries.  In such an instance, you should seek the counsel and advice of a qualified personal injury attorney.

This question comes up frequently as many undocumented persons find work in the construction industry.  When they are injured on the job site, their is often an unfounded fear that they will be deported if they report their accident.  They are told that they cannot sue because they are an illegal alien and may be working under a false social security number.  Often, injured workers are encouraged to tell hospitals and other medical providers that the accident happened in a different way under threat of deportation.  If an undocumented person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, they may fear that the insurance company will report them to immigration services and have them arrested.  They may fear that their medical bills will not be paid because they are using a different name or social security number.

These fears are all based upon misinformation and scare tactics, often contrived by people and companies who simply do not want to be sued for injuries caused by their negligence. 

The law in New York is very clear that an undocumented person who is injured as a result of the negligence of another has the absolute right to bring a lawsuit and be compensated for their injuries.  This is why it is so important for such persons to contact a top personal injury law firm, such as Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP, who have the knowledge and experience to handle personal injury cases involving undocumented persons.  A top law firm will not be intimidated by any threats or scare tactics  A top firm will be able to guide an injured person through the legal process and, if necessary, provide assistance in insuring that a top immigration lawyer is involved to protect the injured client..

If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or death as a result of the negligence of another person or company, the attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will give you a free consultation to determine your legal options. To see if you have grounds for a claim, call 212-406-1700 or contact us online.

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