Workers Compensation: Shoulder Injuries
Insurance companies will often deny benefits. They dispute shoulder injuries by blaming your problems on arthritis or that the injury did not result from a work related incident.
There are several types of common shoulder injuries that workers experience. Shoulder injuries can vary in severity from strains and dislocations to frozen shoulders and mobility impairment. Employees who suffer from shoulder injuries that impede upon their ability to perform their jobs should be entitled to workers compensation benefits.
Types of shoulder injuries:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder dislocation
- Peripheral nerve impairment
- Frozen shoulder
- Severe shoulder strain
- Overuse injuries
- Range of motion impairment
This can mean time away from work, medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, or even the need for surgery to repair damage. If the injury is severe enough, you may be unable to return to your job. Shoulder injuries can cause severe pain, and seeking medical attention as soon as possible is a necessity. If you experience an injury or begin noticing shoulder pain, you should not continue to use the shoulder as that can cause the injury to worsen.
Pain is the most common symptom that people notice after a shoulder injury. Decreased range of motion, numbness, tingling, and stiffness, are also common symptoms.
Causes of shoulder injuries:
- Blunt trauma to the joint
- Falling onto the shoulder
- Repetitive overhead work
Shoulder injuries can be caused by repetitive motions, heavy lifting or throwing, or even everyday motions that are not particularly strenuous. People who do strenuous or repetitive overhead work are at more risk of developing a shoulder injury, however, and should take precautions. Ergonomic equipment or more frequent breaks can help to mitigate the risk of a shoulder injury.
Some shoulder pain or injuries can be alleviated by modifying your work habits, taking extra precautions, or using different equipment, but some injuries are more serious and require more attention. It is important to determine the extent of your injury before deciding on a course of action.
You can suffer from a shoulder injury even if you are not doing strenuous work. If you injure your shoulder at work you should notify your employer and then seek medical attention. It is always a good idea to discuss your case with a workers compensation attorney so that you can make sure you are filing out the right paperwork and following the correct procedures. Taking the right steps will ensure that you get your benefits sooner, rather than enduring a long wait.
Workers Compensation Attorney
It is important to contact a workers compensation attorney who can help you to get the workers compensation benefits that will help you to get the medical care you need, and take the time you need to recover. A workers compensation attorney should be able to give you a more accurate estimate regarding the amount of benefits you receive. Your benefits will depend on the type of injury you have sustained and the severity of the injury. If your claim is denied or if you feel you are in need of support, contact a workers compensation attorney in your area.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James M. Hoffmann
James graduated from St. Louis University’s John Cook School of Business and then attended the St. Louis University School of Law. James is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. For more than 20 years his legal team has had a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need.
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