Shoulder Injuries at Work: What You Need to Know

Workers' Compensation

the image shows a man holding his shoulder, with a shoulder injury sustained at work.


We often take our bodies for granted until we experience an injury. Suddenly we recognize the importance of a certain body part. A shoulder injury can impact your ability to complete daily work and home functions. Workplace shoulder injuries are common, and you may deserve compensation if your injury occurred due to workplace negligence.

Learn about types of workplace shoulder injuries and your legal options.

Types of Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are caused by lifting heavy loads, repetitive stress, hyperextension, or impact from a fall.

Some common workplace shoulder injuries include:

  • Torn Rotator Cuff – This occurs after damage to any of the four rotator cuff tendons around the shoulder.
  • Dislocated Shoulder – A dislocated shoulder occurs when the shoulder joint pops out of its socket.
  • Frozen Shoulder – Also known as adhesive capsulitis, a frozen shoulder occurs when connective tissue thickens around the shoulder joint, restricting movement.
  • Bursitis – Bursitis affects the small fluid sacs of the joints that cushion the spaces between muscles, bones, and tendons.
  • Tendonitis – The rotator cuff tendons can also be affected by inflammation, making shoulder movement difficult.

Signs of a Shoulder Injury

The most common signs and symptoms of shoulder injuries include:

  • Reduced range of motion
  • Inability to raise arms over your head
  • Shoulder pain or discomfort
  • Swelling or redness

If you experience any of these symptoms after an injury, see a doctor as soon as possible.

Recovering from a Shoulder Injury

The recovery time from a shoulder injury can vary depending on the severity. Some severe shoulder injuries may require surgery. Rest and medication help with initial recovery, and exercise and physical therapy restore strength and full movement to the shoulder joint.

The Lasting Effects of Shoulder Injuries

Even if your injury is successfully treated, you may face long-term repercussions from the injury. Range of motion and shoulder strength may not fully recover, which may require you to modify your workplace duties or change the kinds of tasks you do while on the job.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation benefits are extremely helpful when recovering from injuries. Benefits will help cover living expenses while you are recovering. If you are denied workers’ compensation benefits, our lawyers can help you appeal.

Can I File a Lawsuit?

If your on-the-job injury was the result of unsafe working conditions, you may have a work injury lawsuit. Golitko & Daly’s workplace injury attorneys can look into the nature of the accident and help determine if your employer or a third party was negligent and potentially liable for your injuries. Legal damages sought in the case can cover medical expenses and other material losses.

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