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When Immigration Status and Fear Cause Injury

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Residing in the United States without a legal status can be a scary experience in itself. You may not know when or if the time will come that you have to leave, and it can feel like no one has empathy for the life you built in the meantime. It can also be terribly challenging to obtain citizenship or other documents that allow people to stay. Those who live in the states without a legal status may feel like they are walking on eggshells, especially around people who treat them differently because of their status.


Immigration policy continues to be a topic that is highly controversial, and it seems everyone has a strong opinion one way or another. There has been an increasingly intensified conversation about immigration and the policies that are implemented to restrict immigrants even further than they already feel. Immigrant families, including those with a lawful status, have found themselves experiencing more fear and uncertainty about their future. Undocumented parents may worry all the time about being deported and what they will have to do if forced to separate from their children. Despite parents trying to shield their family from such concerns, it is almost impossible due to how frequently the debate over immigration is had.


Parents, children, and individual immigrants alike are becoming more fearful and less able to settle into the life they want here in the states, simply due to the untrue and negative view society has against them. The effects of this mistreatment and judgment can cause physical and mental symptoms, such as loss of sleep and problems eating, headaches, stomachaches, anxiety, depression, and other psychosomatic symptoms. The unrelenting and toxic stress can wear on a person’s life, happiness, and hope for the future.


Immigrants and their families are encountering more bullying and racism than ever before. Daily life can be wrought with worry and a constant feeling of not knowing when the carpet will be pulled from underneath them. And as a lawyer from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. has seen before, this stress can be made worse if an assault or personal injury accident were to unfold. No person, no matter what their status in this country is, should be treated adversely because of it. Those without legal status can still become victims in an assault or personal injury accident. Examples of such incidents would be car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, train accidents, pedestrian accidents, and more.


As the team from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. would agree with, just because someone doesn’t reside legally in this country doesn’t mean they should endure injury and suffering. An immigrant may become the victim in an assault if they are targeted due to their appearance, race, or status. The world could use more compassion, and this should surely extend to those who want to thrive in this country. Immigrants who have been injured because of another’s intent, recklessness, or negligence, deserve to hold the offender accountable through filing a personal injury case.




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