If you are a Hispanic worker injured on the job, it’s important to seek out legal support and guidance whenever possible.
Are Hispanic Workers at a Higher Risk for Work-Related Injuries?
There are many reasons to focus on the type of injuries men and women face in the workforce. Laws are in place requiring that all employers provide a safe working environment for employees regardless of their culture, age, gender, or other factors. Yet, Hispanic workers tend to be put in positions where they are at a higher risk than other workers even within the same industries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have studied the risks associated with work injuries and Hispanic employees. In a study from 1992 through 2006, they found that the number of workers hurt or killed on the job was decreasing. However, the death rate for these workers was consistently higher for Hispanics than for all other workers in the country.
Hispanic workers are critically important to the workforce in our country. As a result, these hard working Americans need to know that if they are hurt on the job, there is financial support available to meet their needs. A simple injury, such as a fall off a truck, can lead to months of being unable to work, significant medical bills, and chronic pain or physical limitations. That does not even take into consideration the associated pain and suffering.
Yet, even though men and women face the same injuries and often times the same financial losses, Hispanic workers tend to be awarded less money than men and women who are white, non-Hispanics. A study from the National Institutes of Health found that non-hispanic, white workers received awards at a higher level despite the equal level of risk for total disability and permanent partial disability. As a result, it is essential for Hispanic workers in the United States to work side-by-side with a skilled workers compensation attorney that understands these risks.
What Hurts Your Claims?
Many factors play a role in why Hispanics face higher workers comp needs. Language barriers can be an important factor. In other cases, these workers tend to take on labor-based positions where risks are higher. In some areas, poor management of OSHA standards impacts their ability to remain safe on the job. In other cases, individuals simply do not realize they have the ability to pursue legal support when they have been hurt on the job.
Contact Attorney Sheehan for Reliable Workers Compensation Support
As a Hispanic worker, your rights to receive compensation for work-related injuries is the same as anyone else. If you have been hurt on the job or suffered an illness related to work exposure, you need an experienced attorney by your side. Personal Injury attorney John Sheehan can work through your options and help you obtain any compensation owed to you for lost time at work, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Contact our offices today for a no-risk, no-obligation consultation. We’re happy to help you get the compensation owed to you and there’s no fee unless you win. Contact us today.
Image via Fotolia.