If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you are entitled to compensation. This is true even if you are an undocumented immigrant here in the United States. Undocumented immigrants have the legal right to file personal injury claims and recover damages after an accident. Furthermore, under the law, you cannot face deportation simply for filing a lawsuit, reporting an accident, or seeking care in a hospital after an accident.
An undocumented immigrant injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green can help you get the compensation you deserve. After your accident, take some time to sit down with one of our attorneys and learn about your legal options and rights.
Our attorneys are ethically bound to keep your immigration status 100 percent confidential and there are no obligations or fees to consult with an attorney at Berger and Green. A consult with us is truly no-risk. Call us today: 412-661-1400.
What should I do if I am in an accident and I am undocumented?
Just like other drivers on the road, if you are involved in a car accident, you need to pull your car over to the side of the road. Do not flee the scene of the accident or you could be accused of a hit and run.
Report the Accident
Once you are in a safe location, call the police to report the accident. While waiting for the police to arrive, you should exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver and take photographs of the damage to your vehicle. If you do not speak English, call a relative or friend who does and have him or her act as your translator.
When the police arrive, you should provide them with your real name and contact information. You do not have to reveal your immigration status to the police.
Try to remain calm after the accident. Do not let your emotions get the best of you. This could lead to you accidentally admitting fault.
Seek Medical Attention
Most importantly, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are seriously injured, get medical attention at the scene and have a passenger tell your side of the story. Your health comes before all else.
Can I still recover damages if I am undocumented?
Yes. United States courts are open to all people and you can recover damages for your injuries even if you are undocumented. You cannot be deported for filing a lawsuit for damages.
The types of damages you can recover include compensation for damage to your vehicle and for your medical bills, medications, future treatments, and physical therapy. You may also be able to recover for your pain and suffering.
If you are injured and cannot return to work, you are entitled to compensation for lost wages. Recovering lost wage compensation can be more complicated in your case. The accident lawyers at Berger and Green have 40 years of experience dealing with these complicated matters and will ensure you get the highest possible settlement.
I do not have a social security number. Can I still recover compensation from insurance?
Yes. You also have the right to file an insurance claim after an accident. Even if you do not have a social security number, you can get compensation from insurance. Berger and Green will work with you to fight back against erroneous claims by insurers.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
Berger and Green provides free consultations to all victims of car accidents, regardless of citizenship. There is no cost to speak with an attorney and learn if you should file a lawsuit.
Also, if you do hire us to represent you, there are no fees unless you win your case. All attorney fees will come out of your final settlement with the party at fault. You will never have to pay any out of pocket fees or up-front costs.
Remember, You Have Rights
Do not avoid a lawsuit simply because you fear deportation. You cannot be deported simply for pursuing your legal rights after a car accident.
You have the right to report a car accident to the police, to seek medical attention at the hospital, and to file a lawsuit after an accident.
Medical professionals and police officers have a duty to help you after an accident. Unless you were breaking the law at the time of the accident, e.g., you were driving under the influence of alcohol, police officers cannot take you into custody simply because of your undocumented status and they cannot refer you to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Call Berger and Green for help today
The accident attorneys of Berger and Green are here to help Pittsburgh residents, regardless of status, recover the compensation they deserve after a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
Do not let the threat of deportation prevent you from recovering damages that you and your family need and deserve.
For a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights, contact Berger and Green today: 412-661-1400.