Women face some unique challenges in the workplace despite incurring fewer workplace fatalities overall. In 2015, 344 women in the United States suffered fatal injuries in the workplace, compared to 4,492 men. They also faced lower risks of fatal falls and fatal contact with equipment.
The most common work injuries for women include:
- Transportation injuries: For both men and women, this workplace accident contributed to most fatal injuries, representing 45% of fatal injuries to women and 42% of such injuries to men. These accidents included traffic collisions and collisions involving transport by train, plane and water.
- Violence: Women are more likely than men to suffer fatal injury due to violence. In 2015, violence by animals and people caused 24% of fatal injuries to female employees — the second leading cause of fatal injury to women. For men, falls were the second-leading cause of injury.
- Falls: Falls, slips and tripping accidents represented the third leading cause of fatal and common workplace injuries for females, accounting for 12.2% of fatal workplace incidents for women in 2015.
- Exposure: Women were also more likely than men to suffer from fatal chemical exposure at work. In 2015, 10.2% of fatal workplace injuries to women occurred due to this hazard, compared to 8.7% for men.
Women and Workers’ Compensation
One significant challenge women face in the workplace occurs when they claim the wage loss benefit. In 2016, the ratio of women’s to men’s income was 81.9% for weekly median income across all full-time jobs. For many occupations, women earned less than men, meaning they would qualify for less in wage loss benefits. This issue can be especially damaging since women are more likely than men to be primary caregivers to children.
Do You Need Workers’ Compensation Help?
Understanding workplace accidents by gender helps, but if you’re a woman and you’re having trouble securing the benefits you’re entitled to after an injury on the job, speak with a workers’ compensation attorney.
Frommer D’Amico specializes in helping injured employees, and we never represent employers. All of our attorneys are certified workers’ comp experts, and we can handle everything from late checks to denied claims.
We pride ourselves on offering personalized attention while charging no management fees. We’ll take your calls, deal with unpaid medical costs, meet with you and even handle litigation. Frommer D’Amico team members will make themselves available 24/7 when you have questions, even on weekends and in the evenings.
Frommer D’Amico has worked with injured workers across Pennsylvania. We’re even willing to travel to Allentown, Altoona, Scranton and State College to meet with clients. Our team goes above and beyond to help injured workers get the benefits they deserve.
We’ll only get paid if we recover or reinstate benefits for you. If we don’t get you results, you won’t owe us a thing. If you’d like to speak to an attorney regarding a workplace injury, contact Frommer D’Amico online or call us at 717-400-1000 to arrange a free case consultation.