You do not need to be a citizen of the United States to obtain medical treatment and benefits for a workplace injury; however, your employer need not rehire you. You should contact an attorney forthwith. Good luck!
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Generally, you will still get medical and the small amount of permanent disability payments attributed to your injury. Depending on your state, you may/may not be entitled to temporary disability payments for any period that your employer has light duty available. What you receive will be an "Award" of money that you are owed for your disability. A "Reward" is a gift for positive behavior, like returning a lost wallet.
We give free general concepts to be helpful, but you should give ALL your facts to a licensed Attorney in your state before you RELY upon any legal advice.
You are entitled to benefits, regardless of your immigration status. If your status becomes known through the claim process, your employer may terminate your employment as Mr. Schwartz noted.
Your injury may take a long time to heal and you may need surgical revision to properly fit a prosthesis. This process will certainly go smoother with an attorney. Good luck.
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I am a Texas workers' compensation attorney in Richardson, TX. I frequently represent undocumented workers. You are entitled to medical treatment and to lost wage benefits, as well as benefits for any permanent impairment. You will likely need to hire an attorney to make sure you get all of the benefits you may be entitled to receive.