Barrios & Virguez Dec. 2017

on Your Rights? ARE YOU MISSING OUT

Not very long ago, a woman came into our office. She didn’t have a driver’s license, but she did have a limp and a lot of pain. When I asked her what happened, she said another woman had run a red light and hit her. She told me it happened four days ago. She had not sought legal help at first because she was scared of how it might affect her immigration status. For me, that was a big lesson. As an immigrant myself, I try to empathize with clients, but as a lawyer, I sometimes forget that you might not know it’s your right to seek justice when you are injured, and most importantly, that a personal injury case will not affect your immigration status. Immigration is federal law, and personal injury is civil law. Because of this, immigration law functions on a national level, and personal injury cases are on a state level, so it’s okay to bring a personal injury claim to a lawyer, even if you’re not in the country legally. If you don’t have a Social Security card, the attorney’s office will give you a tax ID to use for your case.

I let our client know that we could work with the insurance company to get her the compensation she deserved. She ended up having a hip fracture she wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Can you imagine having a severe injury and not knowing about it, and just thinking you had to suffer? When we took her case to court, she received a big settlement from the insurance company, and she was amazed. That’s why we’re here — to help you learn and fight for your rights. You don’t deserve to be in pain just because you don’t have a license.

If you’ve been injured, I want you to know two things. First, don’t be scared to seek help. Second, you still have rights.

I know it’s hard to listen to that, or to just stop being fearful. That’s why we’re here to talk. As lawyers specializing in immigration law and personal injury, my husband and I know both sides.

WHAT PIECE OF LAND DID THE UNITED STATES ACQUIRE ON DEC. 20, 1803? TRIVIA TR A WHICH POPULAR CHRISTMAS FOOD WAS AN AMERICAN INVENTION?

HAVE A LAUGH

a. Eggnog b. Chai tea c. Baileys d. Strawberry milk

a. Louisiana b. Florida c. Alaska d. Manhattan

WHICH WAS THE LAST U.S. STATE TO DECLARE CHRISTMAS AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY?

WHICH COUNTRY WAS THE FIRST TO ADOPT THE TRADITION OF CHRISTMAS TREES?

a. Idaho b. Georgia c. Oklahoma d. Hawaii

a. Istanbul b. Spain c. Germany d. Brazil

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