Everybody is aware that certain professions are more risky than others. Logging and trucking, for instance, are more fraught with risk of injury than accounting and retail sales. It may also be the case that certain types of workers are more at risk for injury.
According to a recent analysis of workers’ compensation claims by ProPublica, temporary workers are at significantly higher risk of injury than permanent employees in five states. One of those states is California, where temp workers had about a 50 percent higher risk of injury on the job than non-temp workers.
Part of the reason for the higher risk is that provisional workers tend to have more dangerous jobs that are lightly regulated and which provide little or no training. Also, companies that supervise temp workers are not always required to pay their medical bills.
Temp workers have been around for a long time, but have become more popular since the recession. One unfortunate consequences of the situation is that companies are often able to avoid paying costs for injuries, since temp agencies are responsible for worker’s compensation when a non-permanent worker is hurt.
Unfortunately, temp agencies don’t always honor their workers. In some cases, agencies do everything possible to avoid responsibility for an injured person, even when this means delaying medical care.
Injuries during work can be a very disruptive event for anybody to go through, but especially for those whose company tries to avoid responsibility for medical costs. When this happens, it may help to work with an experienced attorney to ensure you get the care you need without having to foot the bill yourself.
Source: Huffington Post, “Temp Work Isn’t Only Insecure–It’s More Dangerous Too,” Michael Grabell, December 18, 2013.