Though many workplace injuries may seem exclusive to jobs that require tremendous physical labor, employees in just about any workplace are at risk for developing shoulder injuries. Since this type of damage can result from a wide range of activities, many Americans suffer from shoulder injuries. Shoulder injuries are often forms of repetitive stress disorders (RSDs) that affect employees of many different industries, and all workers should know the warning signs. Our workers compensation attorneys know the signs of workplace shoulder injuries and know what to do when employees suffer from RSDs. Our firm has helped workers injured in Ohio since 1928.
Just like any other joint in the body, the shoulder can only handle a certain amount of stress before the wear and tear causes pain. Performing similar motions repeatedly can wear out the shoulder joint. Painting walls, repairing vehicles on a lift, filing and lifting objects are all actions that cause excessive overhead motions and may lead to shoulder injuries.
If your job requires you to perform these or similar actions, you should look out for the potential warning signs of a shoulder injury:
If you have any of these symptoms, you should set up an appointment with a doctor. Depending on your exact symptoms, the injury could be arthritis, bursitis, dislocation, rotator cuff tendonitis, shoulder joint instability or another medical issue.
To prevent future injuries, be aware of how your movements affect your shoulder. Try to avoid lifting or reaching above shoulder height excessively. At a computer workstation, keep your keyboard and mouse within arm’s reach.
If you develop a shoulder injury at work, you may be able to file for workers compensation, which will allow you the opportunity to rest and recover from your injury. Workers comp will allow you to pay for medical expenses and earn benefits for lost wages. If your employer or insurance provider denies the claim, speak with the workers comp attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC. We have the knowledge and resources to defend your right to workers compensation.
Filing a claim can be complicated, and failing to file correctly can result in a denial that delays the process indefinitely. Our Columbus lawyers can ensure you file correctly and are able to receive benefits. Call us at (614) 221-7548 for free attorney advice about workplace injuries.
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