What Causes Shoulder Injuries At Work

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When you’ve suffered a serious shoulder injury at work, you may need to dig deeper into the causes. Proving you were hurt on the job can be tough, and your injuries may already be preventing your return to work while bills continue to pile up.

Because of this, you may need to speak with a Workers’ Compensation lawyer about your shoulder injury and what caused it. Your lawyer can discuss your accident and help you prove the connection between your work and the injury. That way, you can get the coverage you need to focus on your recovery with the financial support you need.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

When your job requires you to make the same motion over and over, it can injure you. For example, you may have suffered from a rotator cuff injury after making the same lifting motion so many times. Recovery from a rotator cuff injury can be expensive and require rehabilitation.

Likewise, impingement syndrome, which can be painful, can also lead to expensive treatment and time that you can’t work. Either of these injuries—or others—caused by repetitive motions may be grounds for Workers’ Comp benefits.

Slip-and-Fall Injuries

One moment, you’re upright. The next, you’ve fallen hard, and your shoulder is in severe pain. While any blunt trauma like this can cause a number of shoulder injuries, you may have gone to the doctor to discover that you’d dislocated your shoulder.

Even once the ball of your arm is relocated into its socket, you may need further treatment. While the worst of the pain may have ended, you may need to wear a sling or complete physical therapy sessions before your shoulder is back to normal. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for the treatment, especially when you’re unable to work.

Vehicle- and Machinery-Related Injuries

Like serious falls, accidents related to faulty machinery and motor vehicles can damage the shoulder, leaving you with costly injuries and trauma. For example, you may have fractured bones in your shoulder. These injuries may require surgery and rehabilitation to repair, which may leave you unable to do your job for months after the injury.

While bursitis is typically caused by overuse of a joint, a serious injury can also cause this condition in your shoulder, causing pain and swelling in the joint. That can limit your ability to work, which leads to more time you’re unable to work.

Get Compensated for Your On-the-Job Shoulder Injury

A serious shoulder injury may leave you unable to work for weeks or months. You shouldn’t have to pay for it in the meantime—if you were injured at work, you may be due compensation for your shoulder injuries.

But getting your Workers’ Comp benefits isn’t always simple. If you’re struggling to get your Workers’ Compensation, reach out to a lawyer at Pathfinder Injury Law. We can help you determine the cause of your on-the-job shoulder injury so you can get the funds you need to focus on your health. For guidance on your claim, call 804-505-0633 or complete the following online contact form for a free consultation.

Bryn Swartz

Written By Bryn Swartz

Bryn Swartz is passionate about helping others navigate work-related injuries. Read more from the founder of Pathfinder Injury Law in VA.

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