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Are undocumented workers entitled to Alabama Workers Compensation Benefits if they suffer a work injury?

Alabama Workers Compensation Benefits: Undocumented Workers

Not long ago I read another article that stated 11% of construction workers in Alabama are undocumented; I bet the number is really a lot higher.  I was reminded of that article when the raids in Mississippi were reported over the weekend (here).  Apparently the employers were well aware of their workers’ legal status-but I doubt anyone if shocked by that revelation.

Despite the law passed in Alabama a few years ago concerning undocumented immigrants, if you suffer an on the job injury in Alabama–even if you are not here legally–then you are entitled to Alabama Workers’ Compensation benefits.

By statute, in Alabama an employee is defined as follows: “Employee or Worker-the terms are used interchangeably, have the same meaning throughout this chapter, and shall be construed to mean the same. The terms include the plural and all ages and both sexes. The terms include every person in the service of another under any contract of hire, express or implied, oral or written, including aliens and also including minors who are legally permitted to work under the laws of this state….”

If you or someone you know was hurt at work and you have questions about you right to Alabama Workers’ Compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to call and talk with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Attorneys at Powell and Denny.

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