Earlier this year a research team with Liberty Mutual Research Institute’s Center for Injury Epidemiology found that an individual who is working a second job is putting themselves at a higher risk for a workplace injury. If you fall under this category and have questions about filing a claim for worker compensation, a Missouri worker compensation attorney can help.
There are approximately 14 million people around the United States who are working to make ends meet with two separate jobs. According to study findings published in the American Journal of Public Health, those 14 million workers have a 27% higher chance of suffering from a work related injury than single job holders. While you may just chalk that up to the longer hours they are working, the researchers believe there is more to it.
15 years of data collected by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) was pored over by the Liberty Mutual research team. This data is a part of an annual household survey that the US Census Bureau sends out, that is meant to gather a broad range of information related to health topics.
Possible Contributing Factors to the Higher Work Related Injury Rate
Experts involved in the study cite a number of factors that could attribute for the increase in work related injury in people with multiple jobs. A work week that is not structured, inexperience at the job, the need to hurry, mental and physical stress caused be commuting between multiple jobs and, of course, fatigue.
Individuals working two jobs on average get an hour less of sleep than their single job holding counterparts. They also work almost 3 extra hours a day, keep odd hours, and have longer commutes. All of these factors could cause you to lack focus when working, leading to an accident in the workplace.
How Might This Affect Your Claim For Worker Compensation?
The reason behind the research is not to help employers deny claims for compensation, but rather as a tool to help reduce the incidence of work related injuries by finding the main causes. It is unlikely that an employer would use your second job as a reason for denying your workers' compensation claim, unless they feel the injury stemmed from your other work. But since the study is focused on work related accidents, not on repetitive motion injuries or work related illness and disease, that reasoning should not apply.
If you are one of the 14 million working 60 hours or more a week at multiple jobs, there is a higher chance that you will be injured in an accident at work. Make sure that your employer is providing you with the full benefits that you deserve by sharing the details of your case with a St. Louis Worker Comp Attorney. Call (314) 361-4300 to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced attorney at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann.