WORKPLACE DEATH RATES HIGHER FOR OLDER WORKERS
According to a recent study by the Associated Press, workplace death rates are higher for older workers than those below the age of 55.
Even though there was a 22% decrease in the fatality rate for all workers from 2006 to 2015, workers 55 and older experienced fatal accidents 50 to 60 percent more frequently than all other workers. Some of the workers’ physical changes associated with an increase in workplace deaths include “gradually worsening vision and hearing impairment, reduced response time, balance issues and chronic medical or muscle or bone problems such as arthritis.”
This is a rather alarming statistic, particularly since more people are continuing to remain employed beyond the age of 65, as used to be very common. Fortunately for those workers, however, there are competent, experienced attorneys, certified by the State Bar of California, ready and able to assist them and their families in pursuing any rights and remedies that may help to compensate them for any injuries, even death.
At Heiting & Irwin, we know it can be an extremely difficult time to have to negotiate with an insurance company and current or former employer, and many of our clients comment that it is a big relief to retain our office to help ease their burden. Be sure to contact our office for a free consultation if you or someone close to you suffers a workplace injury.