Many are talking about the recent case in which a Florida judge awarded an illegal immigrant worker's compensation benefits even though the worker is an illegal alien. The on the job injury occurred at a construction company early last year. Lawmakers Concerned About Work Comp Case is just one of the articles that one could find explaining some of the details of this awkward case.
A panel of of three judges from the First District Court of Appeals found that the illegal worker, Luis Aragon, was entitled to the benefits that normal citizens would obtain after an on the job injury. The judges thought process was that it was the only right thing to do. The judges contend that the insurance company should pay for the medical care instead of the taxpayers amid unreimbursed medical treatment.
Many of Florida's state representatives disagree with the crazy decision including Ritch Workman. He believes, like most, that the insurance company should recoup all expenses involved in this case from the construction company. Sure, it's only a misdemeanor to hire an illegal immigrant in Florida but it should be a felony for both the employer and the employee. It is against the law to be an illegal alien. Florida has more strict laws than other states due to problems like these. Some suggest that the business license be revoked from the construction company or any other businesses that hire those that break the law right in front of your face without concern. Who would want to hire someone with these qualities and characteristics in the first place regardless of low wages?
To make things worse and to strain the court system furthermore, the lower court judge with all his pseudo wisdom awarded this same illegal alien permanent total disability benefits on a continuous basis because he felt that the law breaker was going to have great difficulty obtaining another job due to the lack of the English language. Are you kidding me? This judge gave a law breaker free money for life because he can't speak English. What? The illegal immigrant should have been given prompt medical care and then immediately deported.
Experienced Workers Comp Doctors and Physicians are available with some research regardless if the work comp system is being strained by the poor decisions like the judges mentioned above as well as the increased premiums because of the illegal workers like the one mentioned above. Where do you stand on this delicate problem? Comment below.