One of the common work-related injuries that occur on the job is a shoulder injury. There are different types of shoulder injuries that workers suffer. A shoulder injury can be a strain, dislocation, or even a frozen shoulder. If you have an injury to your shoulder on the job you can receive workers' compensation benefits.

CGI depiction of x ray imaging for a shoulder injury of a worker in New York City

Common On-The-Job Shoulder Injuries

Some common shoulder injuries that workers have are rotator cuff tears, labrum tears, dislocations of the joint, bursitis, peripheral nerve impairment, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), tendonitis, shoulder strain, or impingement syndrome of the shoulder.

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Symptoms of Work-Related Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries can be painful. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible. While pain is the most common symptom that people have from a shoulder injury, other symptoms include restriction in range of motion, clicking, popping, dull ache, tingling, weakness, numbness, and stiffness, are also common symptoms.

How Do Shoulder Injuries Occur at Work?

Some common causes of shoulder injuries at work include but are not limited to lifting heavy objects, trauma to the joint, throwing objects, repetitive work with the arms, bracing oneself from a fall with the arms. People who do strenuous or repetitive overhead work are at more risk of developing a shoulder injury, such as a CNA, nurse, home health aide, or construction worker.

A shoulder injury can occur even if you do not do strenuous work. If you injure your shoulder at work, you should notify your employer in writing within 30 days and then seek medical attention.

What You Are Entitled to in Workers' Compensation?

An injury to the shoulder can lead to the need for medical care and or wage replacement benefits. Under New York State medical treatment guidelines, you can receive medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, or surgery to repair the damage.

Consult a Local New York City Workers' Compensation Attorney Today

It is always best to consult with a workers' compensation lawyer when preparing to file a claim or dispute a denied claim in the city of New York. An attorney will help you to follow proper procedures, file paperwork, and make sure the insurance company does not take advantage of you. At O'Connor Law PLLC, our legal team is experienced in handling the workers' compensation claims of the city's workforce including construction workers, correctional officers, healcare workers and more! Reach our for a free consultation on your case today.

Mary Ellen O'Connor
Leading attorney for workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits claims in New York.
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