An article produced by students at Skidmore College in New York provides a real world example of the plights of migrant workers who are forced to deal with work-related injuries in the United States. The article highlights the story of a migrant worker who came to the United States to work at the Saratoga Race Track in New York, where he sustained a work-related injury. Typically, the Workers’ Compensation laws in the state of New York are considered some of the most worker-friendly Workers’ Compensation laws in the nation. However, this article exposes the issues migrant workers face when they have sustained a work-related injury.
Many industries rely on both migrant and undocumented workers to provide necessary services that allow those businesses to thrive in today’s competitive market. This is certainly true in Florida due to the substantial farming and hospitality industries which rely heavily on the services of migrant and undocumented workers to continue thriving in the current business climate.
The Florida legislature has recognized the importance of migrant and undocumented workers to the businesses and industries that operate in Florida. In fact, the Florida Workers’ Compensation statute provides the same protection and benefits for undocumented workers as they do for documented workers who have sustained work-related injuries. Unfortunately, the Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers who insure these industries do not share the same view of the importance of migrant and undocumented workers, and continually endeavor to deny Workers’ Compensation benefits to injured workers who truly deserve them.
If you or your loved ones have sustained a work-related trauma, contact the attorneys at Lancaster & Eure today to ensure you will have an advocate who will fight for the benefits you truly deserve.