A shoulder injury can damage your ability to earn a living. Bursitis pain, a torn rotator cuff or similar shoulder injuries can be disabling conditions. However, if your shoulder injury is job-related, your medical costs and lost wages should be covered by workers’ compensation.
The Orlando law firm of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., helps workers in central Florida who are sidelined by shoulder injuries to obtain the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve.
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What Are Shoulder Injuries?
A shoulder injury can involve not only your shoulder joint but also surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue. The injury can cause continuous pain or weakness in your arm. It can also limit your motion.
Some of the most common shoulder injuries are:
- Bursitis – Bursae are small, fluid-filled pads that cushion bones, tendons and muscles near shoulder joints. Repetitive joint motions can lead to painful inflammation of the bursae.
- Rotator cuff injuries – The rotator cuff consists of shoulder muscles and tendons that connect the upper arm bone (humerus) to the shoulder blade. If the tendons become inflamed (tendinitis), it can lead to extreme pain. Trauma or overuse of the shoulder can also tear muscles and tendons in the rotator cuff.
- Disclocation of the shoulder – A fall or a blow to the shoulder can cause the top of your arm bone to pop out of the shoulder socket. This is commonly called a dislocated shoulder.
Why Do Shoulder Injuries Happen on the Job in Florida?
Shoulder injuries in the workplace are typically caused by repeated overhead lifting. If you work in a warehouse or store, you might hurt your shoulder by constantly stocking shelves or moving heavy boxes. Any excessive, repetitive overhead motion can cause wear and tear.
Two other common causes of shoulder injuries are:
- Being struck by an object – If an object falls on you, you may hurt your shoulder while trying to shield yourself.
- Falls – You may suffer shoulder trauma if you fall from a ladder or scaffolding or if you slip and fall on a floor or down a stairway. The injury may occur when you are trying to brace yourself.
- Getting caught in machinery – If you work in a factory or operate machinery in another job, you can tear shoulder muscles, tendons and ligaments if a body part or piece of clothing becomes caught in the machine.
Who Is at Risk of Shoulder Injuries at Work?
A shoulder injury is a type of musculoskeletal disorder. Workers who face a heightened risk of shoulder injuries are those who engage in:
- Assembly tasks
- Sorting tasks
- Construction work
- Loading or off-loading materials
- Product stocking
- Typing or using a keyboard.
How Can a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help with Your Shoulder Injury?
You need to meet many deadlines and requirements when you seek workers’ compensation benefits in Florida. If you have never done this before, it may be confusing and difficult to get through this process.
A lawyer from Frank M. Eidson, P.A., can help you to avoid mistakes that could prove costly to your claim. We can assist in applying for benefits, appealing denied claims and pursuing other options. For instance, in some cases, you may be able to pursue a third-party injury claim against a party who caused your shoulder injury.
Give us a call today or use our online form to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can serve you.
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