Work Injury benefits for older workers and women in San Bernardino
The growth in the San Bernardino and the surrounding area workforce is being driven by older women, bringing to light new aspects of San Bernardino worker safety and care that should be addressed.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting the number of workers 55 years and over will reach 40.6 million in 2024, meaning 1 in 4 workers will be 55 or older. Many of these workers live in San Bernardino County
By the time Governor Newsom’s first term ends, there will be 6.3 million working women between the ages of 65 and 84, with 800,000 of those in California many of whom will be workers living in San Bernardino and the inland Empire area. Whether or not our workers’ compensation system is ready to meet the specific needs of this growing number of working San Bernardino women is the real question.
According to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, San Bernardino women’s risk of suffering work injuries from repetitive motion also known as cumulative trauma, increases as they get older. Working San Bernardino women over the age of 55 have a 50 percent higher injury rate from wear and tear injuries.
Other startling facts about San Bernardino women and workplace injuries in San Bernardino County and the state of California:
- The number of assault-related injuries against women have increased 60 percent since 2011, reaching a total of 12,820 in 2017.
- Women account for 70 percent of assault-related work injuries.
- Women working in the healthcare, education, and management/business/financial sectors experience disproportionate injury rates compared to their male counterparts.
- Women who’ve experienced a workplace injury are three times as likely to die from suicide or overdose.
If you have any issues or concerns regarding your permanent disability benefits and how the Worker’s Compensation system affects you in San Bernardino and the inland Empire area, contact a San Bernardino certified specialist in Worker’s Compensation lawyer. San Bernardino work injury lawyer Charles Cleveland is a certified specialist in Worker’s Compensation law. John Metz is an experienced Worker’s Compensation trial lawyer and together they have handled thousands of Worker’s Compensation cases in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties resulting in over $170 million of benefits collected for San Bernardino injured workers and San Bernardino accident victims. Call now for a free consultation and advice on how to develop plan for your San Bernardino Worker’s Compensation case.