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Injuries to non-citizens and non-residents of NYC: Part II

This post is the second in our series on the topic of injuries involving non-citizens and non-residents. It will focus specifically on what happens to non-citizens who are injured in New York City. 


If you've come to America as an undocumented resident in search of a better life, you aren't alone. There are an estimated 11 million so-called "illegal immigrants" currently living in the U.S., and many of them are injured while either living or visiting loved ones in the New York City area. Because they are undocumented - and fear removal from the country - they may be afraid to come forward and collect the personal injury benefits that they need and deserve.

We're here to tell you that, regardless of your immigration status, you do have the right to bring a personal injury claim if you have been injured because of someone else's negligence. New York courts have repeatedly decided that immigration status is not relevant to the issue of fault in a personal injury case, and that it shouldn't bar someone from recovering due compensation. 

It is true that your status may make a difference when it comes to determining how much compensation you are due for lost wages, but let us worry about that. You have enough on your plate just focusing on your recovery. We've handled many non-citizen injury cases over the years, and we are confident in our ability to protect your life in America while we pursue the compensation you deserve.

Whether you are a tourist injured on a visit or are a non-citizen hurt while living in the area, Smiley & Smiley, LLP, can help protect your legal rights. Contact us today by calling 212-986-2022 or toll free at 866-SMILEYLAW, or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We have Spanish interpretation services available, and our staff includes a Haitian Creole speaker.

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