April 2016. José Garrido was working on the roof of a house, when he slipped and fell. According to his wife, Isabel, immediately after the accident, her husband’s employer promised to continue paying her salary and assume the hospital costs if she did not sue. “At the first moment I accepted what they offered me. I was focused on his health, he was in a coma, “he recalls.
Three weeks after the accident, the hospital bills continued, but the employer’s checks stopped arriving. It was then that Isabel decided to go to the law firm Ginarte to help her with her case and obtain the medical care her husband needed.
“We work with clients who not only have to face serious physical injuries, but also emotional ones, because many undocumented workers fear repercussions from their employers. Because of this, they usually accept oral agreements in which they are assured payment of medical expenses and their job position if they do not sue, “explains Bryan Tápia, representative of the law firm Ginarte.
The reality is that, depending on the severity of the injury, hospital costs are usually very high, not counting the treatments and therapies later, in addition to the salaries dropped, so the companies end up not taking charge. “Unfortunately, in most cases, they do not comply with what was promised and the worker and his family find themselves in a very complicated situation,” says Tápia.
To avoid this hard lesson in life, it is always best to go to a lawyer first, to analyze the case and explain to the worker the possibilities and protections to which he is entitled, whether undocumented or not, so that he can take a informed decision. The Ginarte law firm offers free consultations in New York and New Jersey. For an appointment call 1-888-446-2783 or visit https://www.ginarte.com.