CAAA Releases Video Highlights of California Working Women’s Injuries Symposium: Women Injured More Frequently as they Age, While Men are Injured Less Often;  Experts and Advocates Call for More Research, Attention to Safety Gear,  Eliminate Bias from AMA Guides & Other Standards

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SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians hurt at work, today released video highlights of its “Working Women’s Injuries Symposium: Causes, Consequences and Prevention,” co-hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. The video includes legislators, regulators, labor leaders, workplace safety advocates, and injured workers’ attorneys examining the causes of working women’s on-the- job injuries, and building upon recent research to recommend policies and practices to reduce, and better address, women’s workplace injuries. 

The video includes: Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson and Ellen Corbett; Assembly Members Toni Atkins, Lorena Gonzalez, and Cristina Garcia; Christine Baker, Director, Department of Industrial Relations; Commissioner Ronnie Caplane, Chair, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB); Melissa Brown, Esq.; Injured workers Yaa Asantewa, Millie Melum Sorrentino, and Jana Rountree; Lynne Brown, Esq.; Maureen Miner, M.D., President, California Society for Industrial Medicine (CSIMS); Deputy Labor Commissioner Gloria Ramirez; UFW Legislative Advocate Esperanza Ross; Dorothy Wigmore, Occupational Health Specialist, Work Safe; CAAA Women’s Caucus co-chairs Christel Schoenfelder, Jamie Berenson, Lauren Belger, and Susan Medina; and CAAA Director of Policy Implementation Diane Worley. The videos can be viewed here.
“As advocates for women injured at work, every day we see their injuries’ impacts on these working women and their families. We aim to reduce women’s work injuries, and improve how injured women are served as they seek medical treatment and lost income replacement. More research is needed into why women’s injury risk is similar to men between the ages of 18-24, but 50% higher for women ages 55-64. We need to better understand why older women are being hurt, and how to address that problem as increasing numbers of women continue to work later in life,” said CAAA Women’s Caucus Co-Chair Christel Schoenfelder.

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