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Longer recovery times for aging workers injured on the job

New safety concerns and changing costs can arise from changing demographic in the workplace. Such changes are currently being seen with the expansion of an older workforce in South Carolina. National data shows that the percentage of workers over 55 grew from 19 percent in 2010 to 22.6 percent in 2015. This growth trend is set to continue, albeit at a slower pace, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While employees in this age group tend to be more experienced and have a stronger knowledge base, they are also at a higher risk of suffering occupational diseases and slower recoveries from workplace injury accidents.

The median time required for healing after being injured on the job increases as workers age. In the particularly dangerous occupation of construction, workers over 55 took a median of 21 days to recover, and those over 65 required 37 days. In comparison, those aged 45 to 54 took a median of 20 days leave after a construction site accident.

The median number of days taken by work accident victims in other occupations was much lower; however, other industries followed the trend of older workers requiring longer recovery periods than younger ones. Employers may attempt to address the problem by making workplace modifications that cater to older employees.

Older workers who are injured on the job may be more likely to face back injuries and other health-threatening issues. This can result in increased medical expenses on top of lost wages and associated stress. In such cases, filing a prompt workers' compensation claim could be helpful. Legal counsel can help a victim with these burdens by filing paperwork, documenting expenses and gathering necessary evidence.

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