SECURING MEDICAL CARE ABROAD
Eric’s Story: While in the United States working as a landscaper with the H-2 guestworker program in 2006, Eric suffered a debilitating knee injury. After various delays, the company eventually complied with the law and provided him medical care. When Eric’s visa expired he followed the law and went home. Once back in Guatemala the insurance company refused to provide him continuing coverage. Eric was barley able to sustain his family with a poor paying construction job that only worsened his condition. Then Eric found Global Workers and things dramatically changed. Global Workers secured medical care, and placed the case with a law school clinic. Legally, workers compensation coverage does not end when a worker migrates beyond state borders. Especially for H-2 guestworkers, it is urgent to establish the precedent that they are not punished for complying with the law while their employers evade it.