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Young Workers Face Unusually High Injury Rates

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 13, 2012

Teen Work Injury SeattleAbout 17.5 million people under age 24 currently work full- or part-time jobs in the United States, making up about 13 percent of the U.S. workforce. Despite often being healthy and full of energy, young workers also face workplace injury rates that are frequently higher than other age groups in the workforce. Because younger workers also frequently have little health insurance, or none at all, and little disposable income, a serious injury can affect their economic futures in ways an injury to an older worker may not.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify several reasons that younger workers face higher injury rates. First, younger workers are concentrated in industries with high accident and injury rates, like restaurant work and unskilled labor of various kinds. Second, younger workers frequently lack the experience they need to identify and avoid many workplace dangers, some of which are specific to the equipment or methods used in the particular industry.

Working teenagers ages 15-19 have the highest risk of injury of all workers under age 24, according to the CDC. Currently, the rate of injury for teen workers is approximately five workers in every 100, or about 5 percent – much higher than the rate for other age groups. The CDC and other government agencies have combined forces to cut this rate in half – or even lower – by 2020.

One of the most common types of injury causing accidents on the job is motor vehicle accidents. If you’ve been injured in a work-related auto accident, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced personal injury lawyers in Seattle at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We can help you with every step after an on the job car accident injury, from seeking workers’ compensation benefits to fighting for compensation from any negligent parties. Call us today at 1(888) 228-3860 for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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