Should Illegal Alien Receive 275 Weeks of Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Work-Related Burns?

The Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board upheld a Judge’s Decision awarding an illegal alien 275 weeks of workers’ compensation disfigurement/scarring benefits for a work-related burn to the head and neck. Typically, an illegal alien who is injured at work can receive workers’ compensation wage loss benefits but, once able to work in any capacity, cannot. In its recent Decision, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board decided that scarring/disfigurement benefits are always payable irregardless of an illegal alien’s ability to work, despite Defendant’s arguments that it would encourage illegal behavior and violation of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act.