The state of Virginia has decided to provide partial benefits to illegal aliens when they get injured.
The illegal alien has a problem when he is injured: his employment contract is illegal.
A few years ago the Virginia Supreme Court said an illegal alien could not receive any workers compensation benefits when he was injured. This court ruling created a different problem:
if illegal aliens could not recover workers compensation benefits
, then they could sue their employers for their injuries.
The business interests in Virginia decided they would rather provide partial workers compensation then be open to lawsuits from aliens. The state of Virginia decided in light of this problem to provide partial
workers compensation benefits to illegal aliens.
An illegal alien in injured on the job in Virginia can obtain medical benefits but only obtain compensation if TOTALLY disabled
. The illegal alien cannot receive any compensation once released to any form of light duty work. The rationale is that the illegal alien cannot work legally in Virginia, so no light duty work can be offered to the alien. By providing partial compensation remedies to aliens, employers in Virginia are protected from job injury lawsuits by illegal aliens.In Summary,
yes, the alien can receive some
benefits in Virginia but does not receive the full range of compensation benefits available to a citizen.