Common On-the-Job Shoulder Injuries
Your job requires you to lift heavy objects above your head quite frequently. At first, you just felt a small amount of discomfort in your shoulder—but now the pain has become unbearable. Shoulder injuries are quite common in the workplace and are often eligible for workers’ compensation. Some issues occur more frequently than others.
Rotator Cuff Tear
The rotator cuff is comprised of four different muscles and tendons, and experiencing a tear or other injury to this area is extremely common. Problems often occur from repetitive motion, falls, and lifting. Symptoms for a rotator cuff injury include pain and tenderness in the shoulder, especially when reaching overhead, behind the back, or pulling and lifting items. Weakness and loss of range of motion are also signs of a rotator cuff tear.
The labrum is a ring of cartilage around the shoulder socket that helps keep the shoulder stable. Two types of tears commonly occur here: a Bankart lesion tear and a SLAP lesion tear (superior labral tear from anterior to posterior). Both injuries list shoulder pain and instability as symptoms, and surgery is often required to repair the tear.
Suffering from a shoulder injury because of your job can leave you in extreme debt. Not only do you have costly medical bills, but you may lose money because of time away from work. Workers’ compensation is designed to help dedicated employees just like you receive the compensation they deserve to help pay for the expenses related to the injuries.
The attorneys of Schmidt Kramer want to help you during this difficult time. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.
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