Non-Citizens Can Still File Personal Injury Claims in Texas Court
People get hurt in Texas every day. Sometimes, what happens is clearly the fault of another individual or business. When there is one party clearly at fault, the victim may be able to seek compensation. Compensation can offset costs like medical expenses, property damage and lost wages.
Sometimes victims can seek compensation by filing an insurance claim. Negotiating may play a role in getting enough compensation from an insurance company. Sadly, not everyone has insurance. Some people have a policy but not enough coverage for the damage they cause.
In these cases, a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary. Anyone hurt in the United States has the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. The right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit is not restricted to citizens.
Immigrants of all standings still have legal rights under the Constitution
There is a lot of misinformation about the rights of immigrants in the United States. Some people believe that certain rights only apply to citizens. However, the Constitution frequently uses the words “person” and “people.” The choice to refer to people and not citizens is important.
The language implies that the rights in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights do not just apply to United States citizens. Instead, they apply to anyone under the jurisdiction of the federal government. That means that immigrants in the United States have the same rights that citizens do. They can bring personal injury claims against other people if they suffer noteworthy losses.
Don’t let your immigration status scare you into silence
Basic rights don’t just extend to illegal immigrants and lawful permanent residents. Even undocumented immigrants have rights under the United States Constitution. It can be frightening to try to stand up for yourself if you or someone you love does not have the proper documentation for residence in the United States.
Don’t let that fear leave you in a bad financial situation. You have rights regardless of your immigration status. Learning more about your rights and the responsibilities of others when they cause you harm can help you make better decisions.