Rotator Cuff InjuriesSeptember 29, 2018
Shoulder injuries are common among construction workers, warehouse workers, and anyone else whose job involves a certain amount of lifting, reaching, hammering, or other physical activities that involve the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries are one example of a shoulder injury that can affect a person’s ability to do their job, due to the extreme pain and discomfort they can cause.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. When there is a tear, or a strain in the rotator cuff, is can be quite painful, and limit the person’s range of motion.
Depending on the nature of the injury, the worker may be able to treat the rotator cuff injury with physical therapy exercises that help build the strength and flexibility of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. If the injury is more severe, like an extensive rotator cuff tear, it may require surgery to fix the problem.
Rotator cuff injuries that are left untreated can result in muscle weakness, permanent loss of motion, or a progressive degeneration of the shoulder joint.
Like other workplace injuries, if you injured your rotator cuff while on the job, you are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can help you navigate the claims process and address all your questions and concerns.
Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries
While anyone can suffer from a rotator cuff injury, construction workers, assembly workers, painters, and carpenters are particularly vulnerable to this type of injury, because of the physical nature of their work.
The following are some of the most common causes of rotator cuff injuries:
- Overextending the arm
- Falling on the shoulder
- Using the shoulder in a repetitive motion
In addition to the pain and discomfort associated with the injury, if it causes you to miss work for an extended period of time, it can be financial and emotionally draining.
Recovery and Care
Once you are under the care of a medical professional, follow all of the doctor’s instructions, including getting the required amount of rest, keeping the shoulder immobilized, and taking the required medications.
Once your injury begins to heal, it is important to not return to work until your doctor gives you the green light to do so. Some injured workers are tempted to go back to work before they are fully healed, because they are afraid that their employer will retaliate. However, Workers’ Compensation laws will protect you against this type of behavior.
In addition, if you return to work too soon, you run the risk of re-injuring your shoulder.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims of Rotator Cuff Injuries
If you have injured your shoulder while on the job, you are urged to contact the Baltimore Worker’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will thoroughly explain the benefits that you are entitled to receive and ensure that your legal rights are protected at all times. Our experienced team will secure the maximum financial benefits you deserve. To schedule a free confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.