Immigration status is one of the main reasons why injured victims often refrain from taking legal action. Here at Century Park Law Group, we are commonly asked if immigration status matters in personal injury matters. The answer is a bit more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no”, though ultimately, anyone residing in the borders of the United States should be protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.
Does Immigration Status Matter?
According to the Fourteenth Amendment, anyone residing in the U.S. has the right to equal protection. That includes equal ability to sue someone if they cause them injury or harm. Immigration status does not remove or alter this right. In essence, regardless of immigration status, if someone else’s negligence causes you harm, you have the right to file a personal injury claim and pursue lawful compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Immigration status can, however, complicate legal matters. Examples include – If you do not have a valid U.S. driver’s license, or if your auto insurance is in someone else’s name. These factors do not mean that you cannot pursue a personal injury claim, but they could impact coverage and compensation limits.
How to Avoid Immigration Status Issues
If you have been injured and want to know more about how your immigration status could impact a personal injury claim, the best thing to do is contact Century Park Law Group to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys. Working with an attorney who is experienced in immigration matters can help your case proceed without obstacles.