Shoulder Injury 2018-04-19T17:48:03+00:00

Shoulder Injury Attorney

Common Types of On-the-Job Shoulder Injuries

Rotator Cuff Injury

Often, the shoulder injury that occurs on-the-job is to the rotator cuff. Inflamed muscles cause tendinitis, or sometimes the muscles become pinched and trapped, causing tears to the rotator cuff.

If your job requires you to over-extend your arm, lift objects overhead, or use the shoulder frequently, you may have a rotator cuff injury. The primary symptom of this type of injury is pain with movement and while still.

This type of shoulder injury is diagnosed with an MRI that shows images of soft tissue. Initial treatment might include rest, pain medication, and possibly physical therapy. If conservative treatment isn’t successful, surgery is the next step.

Recovery from rotator cuff surgery takes a minimum of four months, sometimes taking longer. In many cases, the ability to use your shoulder will not return to the same capacity that it was before the injury. Not only does a rotator cuff injury cost a great deal in medical bills and time off from work; it also causes permanent restrictions on your ability to use your shoulders.

Who Is at Risk for a Shoulder Injury?

Repetitive arm movements, heavy lifting, or lifting/throwing items overhead put you at a greater risk of shoulder injury. The more of these movements you use to perform your work, the higher your risk.

Labral Tear Injury

The labrum deepens the shoulder socket to protect it and increase stability. When tears occur, it results in an instant, deep pain. Sometimes the tear causes a clicking or catching when you move the shoulder. The tear may occur to any area of the labrum and may also extend to the biceps tendon attached to it.

Physical therapy is often the initial treatment of choice. If it isn’t successful, you will need surgery to repair the tear. Following surgery, you can expect to spend several months healing before gradually acquiring the ability to do heavier work.

Frozen Shoulder Injury

This type of injury is a condition that occurs following a shoulder injury or shoulder surgery. It occurs when you must keep the affected arm stationary for an extended period.

Your doctor may give you steroid injections, prescribe other medications, and/or have you perform range-of-motion exercises. Sometimes manipulation of the shoulder joint through arthroscopic surgery loosens the muscles and tendons so the shoulder joint can move. This surgery requires at least another three to four months of limited use.

Workers’ Compensation Value for a Shoulder Injury

If you have a work-related shoulder injury, contact a workers’ compensation attorney right away. The importance of the shoulder and the potential loss due to an injury makes it a valuable claim. Often, other injuries occur at the same time as the injury to your shoulder. For example, injury to your arm from throwing items overhead or to your back from lifting heavy objects.

Your attorney will evaluate your case and determine the type(s) of benefits you might apply for. These include lifetime medical awards, temporary total disability, vocational rehabilitation, permanent partial disability, or temporary partial disability.

The benefits you qualify for depend on whether you can prove your shoulder injury is work-related. It also depends on the cost of treatment and how lasting the effects of the injury are. Your workers’ compensation attorney can advise you on the steps to take to get all the benefits you deserve for your injuries.

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Some Information on Shoulder Injuries and Other Helpful Information

Types of  Shoulder Injuries

  • Disk injury
  • Repetitive strain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Nerve pinch injury
  • Vertebral fracture
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord damage

Here are some of things that can cause Shoulder Injuries:

  • Workplace Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Accidentally Falling
  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents

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