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Psychological Distress May Increase Women’s Risk of Work Injuries

Delaware Workers’ Compensation Lawyers discuss psychological distress of women in the workplace. A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus examined the role of gender in work injuries. They found that psychological distresses like depression and anxiety can make women more prone to work injuries than men. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The study was conducted in collaboration with Colorado’s largest Workers’ Compensation insurer. Claims data from nearly 17,000 employees working in 314 businesses across a range of industries was used. The employees included everyone from executives to laborers. The study is part of a larger multiyear, longitudinal research project being done by the insurer and the Colorado School of Public Health, which seeks to understand the relationship between worker health and Workers’ Compensation. Also contributing to the study were researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, Segue Consulting, and the Integrated Benefits Institute.

While depression, anxiety and fatigue were factors for an increased risk of injury for women, the same did not hold true for men in the study. The researchers concluded that keeping workers safe requires a three-pronged approach, involving health, wellbeing, and safety. Injury prevention programs need to consider workplace conditions in conjunction with worker health.

Behavioral Health and Work Injuries

Researchers found that women were more likely to report mental and behavioral health issues, and these conditions were an indicator for risk of experiencing a work injury. In fact, roughly 60 percent of women with a work injury also reported a behavioral health condition before they were injured. Men experienced more work injuries overall, but were not affected by behavioral health factors. Only a third of men reported experiencing a behavioral health condition, like poor sleep or anxiety, before their work injury.

The lead author of the study said that more research is necessary to investigate the differences in men’s and women’s risk of work injuries. Social and cultural factors may play a part. As a group, men are more reluctant to admit to health concerns. The stresses men and women face at home and in the workplace are also different. For both men and women, the study found that having suffered an injury in the past increased the risk of being injured again.

Workers’ Compensation in Delaware

In Delaware, almost all workers who are injured on the job are covered by Workers’ Compensation, which provides benefits for medical treatment, temporary disability payments, and compensation for any resulting permanent impairment. Death benefits are available to the dependents of a worker who suffers a fatality. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against a worker who files a claim or testifies in an Workers’ Compensation case.

Delaware Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate on Behalf of Injured Workers

If you have been injured in a work-related accident, call the experienced Delaware Workers’ Compensation lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. We will review your case at no charge to you and fight to make sure your claim is successful. Call 302-888-1221 today or complete our online contact form. From our offices in Wilmington and Philadelphia we represent injured workers in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.