Suppose you are an immigrant, undocumented, or otherwise. In that case, you may be concerned that if you are in an accident, you will have to disclose your immigration status or be negatively affected by that status. In Georgia, you do not have to worry.
It is still highly recommended that you get a personal injury attorney immediately after an accident to help you navigate the legalities involved.
Here is some additional information about immigration status and the different stages one may face during a personal injury case.
The Police Report
If you are involved in an accident, be sure to stay and wait for the police. The police report is critical in a personal injury case as it is a primary piece of evidence. Without it, it can be challenging to proceed unless there are other sources of reliable evidence. In no circumstances is it required to disclose your immigration status to file a police report.
It is important to take pictures of the scene and the damages. All evidence is beneficial.
If your case goes into litigation, your immigration status is deemed “inadmissible,” which means it is irrelevant to the accident. Therefore, it is not necessary information and will not be discussed. Sensitive topics like immigration may cause jury members to make biased decisions based solely on immigration status. For this reason, there are protections in place to only allow evidence and information specific to the case, especially in jury trials.
Speak to an Attorney
Your attorney is on your side. They are the best equipped to deal with your legal issues. Giving them all of the information, including your immigration status, is critical because they will do everything in their power to protect you as their client. Not only can your attorney help you with your injury case, but they can refer you to other attorneys when needed. They can also provide trusted medical providers for you to choose from and are great resources in general that can provide you with many services.
Long Story Short
If you are the victim of an accident, you deserve rightful compensation for the damages to your property in the event of a wreck. Your immigration status does not factor into your health and wellbeing and cannot be held against you during the process.