“A great sacrifice.” Are the three words that come to mind for Jose Luis Diaz when describing his life after the accident he suffered in 2015. While working in a restaurant, a tray with about 30 glasses fell on his right shoulder.
The pain was immediate and upon notifying his boss, he told him to continue working, and that it would surely go away in a few days. However, the discomfort went further, but his boss continued to ignore his persistent requests to report the accident and even had him working with one hand. José Luis accepted these conditions for a few weeks, because his family in El Salvador depended on that money to survive, but he reached a point where he could not take it anymore and went to the hospital. After an x-ray and a CT scan, doctors diagnosed him with rotator cuff and right tendon injuries that could only be repaired with an operation.
“I went back to my boss asking him to sign some papers they gave me in the hospital to confirm I worked in the restaurant and he told me he could not help me. I explained to him how much I needed him and he answered that I had been doing a lot of work being undocumented,” recalls José Luis. “I did not know what to do, but, fortunately, a co-worker recommended me to the Ginarte law firm. The next day I called them.”
José Luis ended up needing three operations, as his injuries worsened due to not receiving treatment on time and, unable to work, he had to borrow money to send to his family. “I suffered a lot, I do not even want to remember. Thank God Ginarte’s lawyers fought for me and won my case. I did not know that even though I am undocumented, I have rights and that gave me a lot of encouragement. It’s terrible how you feel when you are discriminated against,” he explains.
Currently, José Luis is working again and can pay the debts incurred during the time he was off. “The accident marked a before and after in my life, I had to make many sacrifices, but thank God today I can earn my daily bread and continue to help my family which is the most important,” he concludes.
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