The shoulder has the largest range of motion of any joint in the human body. It is a mobile joint that allows for incredibly free movement of the arms, but can also stabilize to allow for pushing, pulling and lifting actions. Unfortunately, the remarkable anatomical design that allows the shoulder to perform so many functions also makes it prone to many types of injuries.
In the workplace, shoulder injuries can occur over time from tasks that involve repetitive lifting or require the arms to be frequently lifted overhead. Rotary cuff tears and inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, and arthritis are examples of injuries that can occur from overuse.
The shoulder joint can also be injured from a sudden trauma, such as during a fall, vehicle crash or other abrupt mishap. Shoulder dislocations, separations, and bone fractures are painful workplace injuries that often result from accidents. Depending on the severity, some shoulder injuries may require surgery, or even multiple surgeries, to correct. In extreme cases, shoulder replacement surgery may be necessary.
We can help you understand your workers' compensation rights.
Whether your work-related shoulder injury is minor or severe, you may be entitled to workers compensation. In addition to chronic pain, a shoulder injury can lead to a lifetime of physical limitations and prevent you from performing the type of work you've been doing for years.
If you've been injured on the job and are not sure how to proceed, the law firm of Vic Alexander can help you understand your workers compensation rights. We know first-hand how shoulder injuries can impact your livelihood and will work hard to obtain the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.