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Protecting Older Workers Who Are More Likely To Die At Work

work related injuriesAs Americans get older, so does their risk of work-related injuries or death. Given the economy and the need to work longer hours to make ends meet, many older workers may also find themselves in potentially life-threatening situations. Unfortunately, the older you are, the more difficult it is to recuperate from work-related injuries. However, as a worker, you should know that regardless of your age, you are entitled to compensation for any work-related injuries.

The Correlation Between Work Injuries and Age: The Data

According to recently published federal data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal injury rates for workers 45 and over were 8.8 per 100,000 in 2014, well above the overall rate of 3.3. Fatal work injuries for workers older than 55 year of age, also significantly rose by 9% last year to 1,621. This was the highest annual total since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking this data by age group in 1992.

This increase in injury to older workers is partly a reflection of an aging workforce with many postponing retirement – either because they do want to retire or because they can’t afford to retire. This new reality may lead to even more serious injuries and fatalities to older workers.

Steps Older Workers Should Take To Prevent or Reduce Injuries

Workers, regardless of how older they are, cannot prevent all work-related injuries. However, older workers should take the following steps to reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident at work, especially since they are at a higher risk for accidents:

  • Be mindful of any medications you are taking (some may cause weakness, leg cramps, fatigue, dizziness or blurred vision)
  • Talk to your supervisor or human resources if you are concerned about or unable to complete certain parts of your responsibilities
  • Use all safety gear and safety precautions that are applicable to your responsibilities at work

Even if you take all the precautions, you may nevertheless still get into an accident while at work. If your injuries were as a result of the negligent actions of another party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. To ensure that you obtain the full compensation that you deserve, it is in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney who specifically handles these types of cases.

We Can Help You If Your Are Injured

If you are an older worker and have been injured in a work-related accident that was caused by the negligence of reckless actions of another party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. You need to hire a New York personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight to get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York work accident attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.


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