A new law going into effect on January 1, 2017, will substantially increase the value of California personal injury claims brought by undocumented immigrants. This law will cost the casualty insurance industry underwriting California businesses, municipalities, hospitals and school districts untold millions of dollars.
Before this piece of legislation, for the past 30 years, claims for lost earnings were based on the home country of undocumented individual instead of the United States. Almost always, that particular wage scale is substantially less than here in America. That ruling was established by California trial courts based on the 1986 case of Rodriquez v. Kline.