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Can You Get Workers’ Comp for a Shoulder Tear Injury?
Injuries to the rotator cuff are some of the most common shoulder injuries but many workers are not aware that this is a commonly injury in certain professions and that may qualify for workers’ compensation. A general understanding of the anatomy of the rotator cuff is that its a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. When this is injured, you may suffer pain and struggle to perform your general work tasks.
If you have previous experience with shoulder tears from being hurt on the job, you know the struggles associated with trying to mitigate pain to get through daily tasks at work. This type of injury may require surgery, rehabilitation, and a large sum of recovery time away from work. This process can be expensive and the effects can be felt in various areas of your life if not properly treated.
What Professions are Most at Risk to Rotator Cuff Injuries?
Some workers are more vulnerable to shoulder tears because they lift objects or work in space above their head as a part of their job. Some professions that may be more likely to perform these at-risk tasks include: construction workers, assembly workers, painters, or carpenters. While this list is not all-inclusive, it gives you a good idea of the type of work that could cause this work injury.
If your workplace duties aggravated an old injury or pre-existing condition, you may still be eligible for workers’ compensation. Sometimes you may not be aware of how your injury happened or if your working conditions only influenced the ailment of an old injury. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of a rotator cuff injury so that you can explore all your options in the event that you fall victim to this type of shoulder injury.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Injury
A rotator cuff injury is the result of inflammation and strain that causes swelling in the shoulder region. This swelling will limit your range of motion above your head. Unfortunately, the swelling is well below skin level and cannot be easily felt through palpitation of the skin around the shoulder. Instead of looking for visible signs and symptoms, you should be aware of different changes in sensation and range of motion within the shoulder area.
An acute rotator cuff tear may be associated with severe, shooting pain from the upper shoulder and stemming towards the elbow. You will also experience a decreased range of motion and could lose the ability to raise your arm away from the body if not properly looked after by a medical professional.
A chronic rotator cuff tear is typically associated with pain that worsens at night and can interfere with your sleep. You will also experience loss of strength and decreased motion as the pain increases over time.
Rotator cuff tendinitis is most commonly linked to a deep ache in the shoulder. This rotator cuff injury does allow for you to locate the point of tenderness.
These are just a few of the common rotator cuff injuries that you should be aware of when you begin to experience shoulder pain on the job or in your daily life.
How Can You Get Full Recovery?
Seeking guidance from an attorney at law will allow you to receive a detailed course of action that is appropriate for your injury and that may include a workers’ compensation claim. If your rotator cuff injury is the result of your job, you may have a rightful claim under a workers’ comp claim. The benefits under this will entitle you to a fair recovery for the medical expenses associated with the work-related accident.
It is important to be well informed before filing a workers’ compensation claim. To learn more about your options contact Saffren & Weinberg, call us at 215-576-0100 or send us an email, because ability to work and make a living is at risk, there is no time to lose in the fight for recovery.