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Injured Undocumented Laborers

Rights Of Undocumented Laborers In Construction Accidents

Many workers on New York construction sites do not have green cards. However, just because you are undocumented does not mean you do not have rights.The law firm of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, in Manhattan represents undocumented workers who are injured on the job in the New York City area. Our attorneys also represent family members of undocumented workers who die in accidents. We offer a
free initial consultation to explain your legal options and answer your questions.

You may be entitled to medical and wage replacement benefits from New York workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injury. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may have the right to obtain additional compensation through the U.S. civil justice system. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, including:

  • $6,265,000 for the family for an undocumented laborer who died after falling from a scaffold.
  • $4,000,000 for an undocumented worker who suffered head injuries and permanent disability after falling from the unguarded edge of a high-rise.
  • $2,750,000 for an undocumented worker who suffered head trauma after falling four stories through an unguarded opening on a construction site.
  • $2,500,000 for an undocumented plumber’s helper who suffered burns when the pipe broke.
  • $1,200,000 for an undocumented worker who was struck by a motor vehicle.
  • $980,000 for an undocumented worker who fell from a sidewalk bridge.
  • $900,000 for an undocumented laborer who suffered a shoulder fracture and dental injuries when he was struck by a front loader.

A serious injury can affect your ability to work and earn a living. You will need medical care to get better. You will also need financial compensation. Unfortunately, many employers tell their employees they are not eligible for compensation due to their nationality or immigration status. This is not true.

Know Your Rights: Call Now For A Free Consultation

If you have been injured, our lawyers will fight for you and your family. Call 212-571-7100 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.


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“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”