Compensation for Victim of OUI Car Accident and U Visa
July 3rd, 2019
A Colombian woman, “Marta”, was a victim of terrible accident when she was struck while walking home from work by a car operated by a drunk driver. We represented her in connection with her personal injury claim against the driver and she was awarded the full limits of the auto insurance policy.
Her injuries were severe and she was unable to work for a significant period of time. Our Attorneys identified another claim she could raise. Massachusetts has a fund for the victims of crimes and since she was the victim of a crime, drunk driving, she was eligible to claim compensation for the time she missed from work.
Marta had not been working with a proper Social Security Number because of her immigration status but our office showed evidence that she had been paying taxes and the District Court Judge granted her claim. In addition, we determined that as a victim of a crime, our client could qualify for a U visa for victims of crime, and the USCIS granted Marta and her family U visas, and as a result, they will be able to apply for US legal Permanent Residency.