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Some Workers More Prone to Injury Than Others

Posted on in Workers' Compensation

Illinois injury lawyerWe frequently use this space to present relevant information pertaining to work-related injuries and deaths, high-risk careers and other workers’ compensation related topics. The array of variables and nuances impacting this important social and legal issue literally fill pages and pages of books and require copious amounts of time both in and out of the courtroom. This time around we are taking a closer look at reports indicating high-risk worker groups.

Age and Gender Play a Role

As workers and employers strive to provide and sustain equal footing in the employment market for both men and women, some evidence suggests that there is an area in which women have an edge, especially as they get older. One Canadian study presented evidence that older women are more likely to sustain an on-the-job injury than their younger counterparts. Some of the findings included:

  • Women between 55 and 64 are three times more likely to take a serious fall than women ages 15 to 24.
  • The data was gleaned from reports of serious workplace injuries that occurred between 2002 and 2008.
  • Serious injuries result in higher claims costs and more time away from work due to disability.

Researchers suggest the results indicate a greater need for employers (and employees) to place a higher importance on workplace safety and injury prevention.

The United States workforce is aging. While new workers enter the job market every day, many employees are choosing to remain on the job longer, even long past the traditional retirement age. This is true for both men and woman, and there are a number of reasons for this phenomenon:

  • People are focused on staying healthy and alert, making them able to retain their careers longer.
  • Older workers recognize the need to ensure financial stability as the population trends toward living longer.
  • The incoming pool of workers is smaller than previous generations so employers need proven talent to stay on board longer.

Retain an Experienced DuPage County Workers’ Compensation Attorney for a Measure of Security

Regardless of your age, gender or work environment, sustaining any kind of on-the-job injury is a frightening and frustrating experience. No one really wants to miss work, but continuing to do so while not a full health puts yourself and others at risk. Workers’ Compensation is available for those who need it; rely on a knowledgeable Wheaton workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you receive that to which you are entitled. Get in touch with the Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C. to schedule a free initial consultation, and learn about available claims options.

Sources:

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-06-older-women-prone-workplace-injuries.html

http://www.asaging.org/blog/issues-impacts-and-implications-aging-workforce

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