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MI Worker's Compensation - Bill Filed To Give Illegal Immigrants Worker's Comp Benefits

Many times during the career of a hard-working Detroit personal injury lawyer, people are represented that sustained severe personal injury or died while on the job. Under law, these individuals may be entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses and wage loss. However, there has been great debate as to whether worker’s compensation benefits extendto all Michigan residents, including illegal immigrants. Recently, a Michigan State Representative has submitted a bill that would take action on the issue.

Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic State Representative for the city of Detroit, has filed a bill that would extendMichigan worker’s compensation benefits to illegal aliens. Current Michigan State law holds that worker’s benefits will be barred from employees who are “aliens working without employment authorization or an alien’s use of false documents to obtain employment or to seek work.” However, the bill – H.B. 5952 is looking to change that, as there are currently an approximated 110,000 illegal immigrants currently working in the State of Michigan.

At a recent rally for undocumented workers held at the State Capitol in Lansing, Tlaib told the public that Michigan is one of the few states in the country that doesn’t offer any compensation for illegal aliens for injuries sustained while on the job. She believes that the new legislation, if passed, would create “a better system than allowing people to be part of a black market of undocumented workers.”

Being injured while working is a scary experience, regardless if the injured person is a documented worker or illegal immigrant. The consequences of these accidents are life-changing, and result in severe personal injury or death. For answers to all the questions an injured person would undoubtedly have regarding their case, it is essential to contact an experienced Detroit worker’s compensation lawyer. Doing so immediately can not only provide the best legal advice and legal representation, but also help ensure the most successful outcome for your case.