All workers deserve security and peace of mind at work, especially older workers. The elderly population that still works generally does so out of necessity and, in many cases, has spent many years of their lives working. They, like other workers, have the same rights, but they may be a little more vulnerable to certain things than younger workers.
For example, older workers who have jobs that require physical strength and/or the use of heavy machinery may be more vulnerable to work-related injuries. Also, these injuries can have more severe complications due to the victim’s advanced age. Therefore, it is crucial to be aware of any symptoms or signs of an injury in order to receive medical attention as soon as possible.
With advancing age, the chances of an injury becoming more complicated and even leading to the death of the injured person increase. Some details to consider about injuries in older workers are:
- Pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure, can complicate any injury.
- Older workers are more likely to have vehicle or machinery accidents.
- Older workers are more prone to trips, slips, and falls.
- Older workers tend to develop more complications and disabilities from an accident.
In addition to the health complications older workers face, unfortunately, they also sometimes have to deal with insurers who don’t want to recognize their injuries as work injuries. If the employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, it is possible to deal with private insurers or a workers’ compensation legal case. In these instances, insurers or employers may argue that a reported work injury is not directly related to the job and, therefore, not eligible for compensation.
The recommendation is always to avoid dangerous situations and work that requires much physical effort for older workers. Also, employers must make the necessary accommodations to provide the greatest safety for all workers and take special care of older workers. However, even in the best work scenarios, injuries can occur, and it is best to be well informed and have a trusted attorney to call for advice if necessary.
If you or a loved one is facing a work injury case, the best course of action is to seek legal support to understand your rights and how to proceed.