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Bureau of Labor Statistics: Older Americans More Likely to Experience Workplace Death or Injury

Older AmericansWhile every job has its own set of dangers, and anyone can experience an injury on the job, some workers are at a higher risk than others. For example, construction workers are far more likely to experience an injury on the job than those who work in an office setting. This is not surprising. After all, construction workers deal with heavy machinery and work at high elevations or on dangerous roads. There is one group that is surprising, however. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, older workers have the overall highest risk when it comes to death and injury while on the job.

How Changes in the Economy Have Impacted the Workforce

It used to be that senior citizens could enjoy retirement fairly early into their golden years. Now, due to economy changes and a strained Social Security system, more and more seniors are staying in the workforce. Of course, some do stay, simply because they want to. However, most continue working out of necessity.

Understanding the Implications

Seniors and other older Americans bring wisdom and experience to the table, but they are also more likely to experience an injury or death. In fact, what might result in only a minor injury for a younger worker could very well be the thing that causes an older worker to become permanently disabled. Further, when older workers are injured, they typically take longer to heal. This leaves them without a suitable income for longer periods of time. If they have not effectively prepared for retirement, this could increase their risk of serious financial strain after a workplace injury.

Injured on the Job? You May Have Other Options

Workers’ compensation is not a system set up for employees; it is a system designed for employers. As such, workers often suffer financial strain after a work injury. Some may be forced to find alternative options while out of work (i.e. another family member going to work, etc.), but some may be entitled to compensation outside of their workers’ compensation claim. To determine if you may be eligible, contact an experienced work injury lawyer for assistance.

Contact Our San Jose Work Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP. We have a strong track record of successful verdicts, and we will fight to get you and your family the compensation you need and deserve. Schedule a personalized consultation with our San Jose work injury lawyers to learn more. Call (408) 289-1417 today.

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