Are Minority Workers At Higher Risk of Workplace Injuries?

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Minority workers – particularly men – are at more risk for being injured while on the job. That’s the conclusion of a University of Southern California report.

In this issue, we’ll talk about what’s going on.

The Study at a Glance

Analyzing data from the American Community Survey, USC researchers found that Latino men between the ages of 18-64 from other countries but now living in the U.S. have the highest rate for workplace injuries. African-American placed second on the list.

“Disparities in economic opportunities for minorities lead them to take more hazardous jobs that raise the risk of injury and disability,” said lead researcher Seth Seabury.

The study further points out that for every 1,000 workers between the ages of 50-64, the work-related disability is:

  • 4.4% for African-Americans;
  • 4.2% for foreign-born Latinos;
  • 4% for Asian-Americans;
  • 3.5% for U.S.-born Latinos; and
  • 2.5% for Caucasians.

Workers’ Compensation Can Cover Your Bills If You’re Injured On The Job

Some of the most common workplace injuries include:

  • Overexertion (activity that includes heavy lifting, pushing, holding or carrying materials)
  • Falls on slippery surfaces
  • Harm by heavy machinery
  • Equipment failure
  • Assaults triggered by arguments

In a previous blog entry, we spoke about the ins and outs of workers’ compensation. In it, we clarify that not all companies are required to carry workers’ comp, but many get it anyway.

Injured on the Job? The Fitzgerald Law Firm Can Help You Get What’s Deserved

Workers’ compensation is a wonderful thing, but it may not be enough to fully compensate you for all of your losses. You may also be able to recover fair compensation from the company you were/are employed by and manufacturers of any faulty equipment that may be involved.

To make sure you’re properly taken care of, you need a skilled ally to guide you through the process of litigation.

For a free consultation, call the Fitzgerald Law Firm today at 800-323-9900.