A recent report prepared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicates that despite the availability of means such as workers’ compensation to assist them, injured workers still face long-term income losses and other economic setbacks that the government agency concludes are unacceptable.
The report, “Adding Inequality to Injury: The Cost of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job,” tracks income and expense data for seriously injured workers and finds that they are losing out on both fronts: not only are such workers likely to make 15 percent less on average over the decade that passes after their injury, but they are also likely to have to bear half of the costs associated with their injury.
The report is replete with disturbing findings. For example:
One takeaway from the OSHA report is that aside from the need for greater emphasis on preventing worker injuries, more attention needs to be paid to worker benefit eligibility and to seeing that benefit claims are actually pursued. In this respect, securing the assistance of a workers compensation law firm may be a key element in ensuring that those eligible for benefits actually receive them.
Source: EHS Today, “Adding Insult to Injury: Statistics are Workers with the Tears Washed Off,” Sandy Smith, March 4, 2015