When we think of workplace injuries, we often think of visible traumas, things like kitchen knives causing lacerations and people falling from a ladder and breaking bones. One thing we usually do not consider is rotator cuff tears.
Unfortunately, they are more common that we would like to think. A torn rotator cuff can result in a dull pain in your shoulder and arm, as well as the following:
- Painful sleeping, especially when lying on the affected shoulder.
- Weakness when lifting or rotating arm.
- Pain when lifting or lowering arm.
Rotator cuff tears can affect a person’s ability to perform their work-related tasks, particularly if they work in an industry that involves manual labor. Do you know where to turn if you have a rotator cuff injury that was caused by your workplace?
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our knowledgeable and experienced team is standing by to help you get the compensation you need. Contact us today if you need an El Centro torn rotator cuff attorney.
Rotator cuff injuries rank second only to back and neck pain in the frequency of occurrence in the workplace. These injuries can substantially but into a person’s work productivity and they can affect their lives as a whole.
A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that meet to “cuff” over the top of the humerus bone. The cuff tendons attach the humerus to other parts of the shoulder. Our rotator cuffs help us lift and rotate our arms. Rotator cuff tears occur one of two ways:
- Over time from normal wear and tear or repeating the same motion over and over again.
- Suddenly in events like falls or when lifting something heavy.
Either case can be related to workplace causes and should be covered by workers’ compensation. These injuries are common injuries for construction workers, carpenters, painters, and assembly line workers.
How To Fix It
Repairing a rotator cuff injury can involve rest, ice, and physical therapy. If the injury is severe enough, surgery may be required. The courses of treatment can result in high medical costs that a person may not be able to afford without insurance. If surgery is required, a person may have to miss work.
What if workers’ compensation does not cover the injury?
What Are Your Options
If you have experienced a rotator cuff tear as a result of your workplace duties, you may need to seek legal assistance if:
- You have been denied workers’ compensation insurance for your injury.
- You have been terminated because you filed a claim or complained of an injury.
- You were not given enough time to recover from your injury before being asked to return to work.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we know how injuries can affect your work and personal life. We want to make sure you are treated fairly. When you need an El Centro torn rotator cuff attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 619-630-0205.