Older Workers Face More Serious Consequences from Workplace Injuries

Health and Income Security for an Aging Workinforce, Vol. 5, 2003

6 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2005

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Jeff Biddle

Michigan State University

Leslie I. Boden

Boston University - Department of Environmental Health

Robert T. Reville

RAND Corporation - Institute for Civil Justice

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Abstract

Comparing the outcomes of workplace injuries in three states - California, Washington, and Wisconsin - suggests that older workers are more likely than their younger counterparts to have permanent disabilities as a result of those injuries. This is true even though older workers have fewer workplace accidents. In addition, older workers suffer larger wage losses over the first few years after injury, they have lower replacement rates from workers' compensation benefits, and they experience more injury-related days of non-employment.

Keywords: workers' compensation, older workers, injury, disability

Suggested Citation

Biddle, Jeff E. and Boden, Leslie I. and Reville, Robert T., Older Workers Face More Serious Consequences from Workplace Injuries. Health and Income Security for an Aging Workinforce, Vol. 5, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=571062

Jeff E. Biddle (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Leslie I. Boden

Boston University - Department of Environmental Health ( email )

715 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
United States

Robert T. Reville

RAND Corporation - Institute for Civil Justice ( email )

1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA
United States

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