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How Illegal Immigrants Are Affected in Personal Injury Claims

If you are the victim of a personal injury accident, such as an auto accident or medical malpractice, you have legal rights to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.  If you are an undocumented worker or an illegal immigrant, you may wonder how you can pursue these legal rights.  It is essential to consult with knowledgeable personal injury attorneys in order to understand your legal rights and how to proceed in order to protect those rights.

The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Steinberg Goodman & Kalish have significant experience representing clients in complex personal injury matters, including auto accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, and slip and fall accidents.  If you are an illegal immigrant and have been injured in an accident, do not hesitate to contact our office to learn more about you legal rights to recover for your injuries and damages.

Victims of personal injury accidents are often confused about whether they are entitled to recover for his or her damages, and if so, the amount of the recovery that may be available.  It is important that all personal injury victims – including undocumented workers and illegal immigrants – understand the personal injury lawsuit process before making any important legal decisions.  Accordingly, it is essential to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, like those at the Chicago personal injury law firm of Steinberg Goodman & Kalish, and there are a number of factors to consider when consulting with an attorney.  If you are an illegal immigrant, it is also important to hire a personal injury attorney who is sensitive to your immigration status.

It is essential that any personal injury attorney representing a plaintiff that is an illegal immigrant attempt to prevent the introduction of any prejudicial evidence in advance of the trial.  Attorneys can help to prevent the introduction of prejudicial evidence by filing motions in limine to bar any evidence or arguments regarding the immigration status of the plaintiff, or any other witness in the case.

Victims of personal injury accidents may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, loss of income, permanent disability, emotional distress, pain and suffering, property damages, and other injuries.  Although personal injury victims are generally entitled to recover lost wages, but in the case of illegal immigrant plaintiffs, the recovery of past lost wages may be difficult to obtain.  Future lost wages may be recoverable, however, since an undocumented worked could obtain legal status or return to his or her own country to work if not for the injury.


Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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