Get workers’ compensation help from a Greenville shoulder injury lawyer. Bobby Jones Law works hard to help injured workers get the benefits they are entitled to. Contact us now to learn more and start your case alongside a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney in Greenville.
Workers’ Compensation for a Shoulder Injury
If you hurt your shoulder at work, the South Carolina workers’ compensation system may provide compensation. The workers’ compensation system covers shoulder injuries that result from employment. However, the insurance company may try to minimize or deny your benefits.
Whether you are just starting your case, or the insurance company isn’t treating you fairly, a lawyer can help. Greenville shoulder injury lawyer Robert “Bobby” Jones can help you.
Representing Injured Workers in Greenville, SC
Our law firm helps people who are hurt on the job. We can help you with the following:
- Ensure your right to benefits is protected by following the required procedures
- Determining what you qualify to receive, including lost income and disability benefits
- Challenging an incorrect determination of your benefits
- Responding if the doctor tries to downplay your injuries or says they are not work related
- Explaining what to do at each stage, explaining your options
- Preparing you for an independent medical examination
- Identifying issues and addressing them
- Negotiating your case
- Representing you at a hearing
Shoulder injury claims typically involve significant medical information. Disputes can arise over the severity of the injury, whether it is work related and the extent of the medical care required. You don’t have to just accept it if the insurance company denies your benefits. Our team can help you build and present your case.
Talk to a Shoulder Injury Lawyer Now
If you are hurt and wondering what to do, contact us to talk to a shoulder injury lawyer. We can answer your questions and talk about your options.
Call or send us a message now to connect with our team.
Understanding Shoulder Injuries
The shoulder in the body is the joint that connects the humerus (upper arm bone), to the scapula. The shoulder allows the humerus to move in all directions. It allows the arms and hands to function and perform a wide range of movements.
Types of Shoulder Injuries Suffered on the Job
- Broken bones, fractures
- Rotator cuff tears/muscle tears
- Injuries to muscles and tendons, sprains, and strains
- Dislocations, where the bone is displaced from its socket
- Separation, ligament trauma
- Cartilage tears
- Frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis, stiffness and pain
- Tendonitis, inflammation of the tendons
- Bursitis, inflammation of the fluid sacs that cushion the joint
Acute and chronic shoulder injuries
Shoulder injury may occur from a single incident, or it may develop over time. It may begin as a nagging feeling that something isn’t right. You may try to continue to work. Then, you develop a serious injury.
Workers’ compensation covers injuries that are both acute and chronic. Chronic injuries are covered with a showing of a causal connection between the work activity and the injury. Whether your injuries happen suddenly or because of repetitive trauma, they may be the basis for compensation.
What is a rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff is the group of muscles that connect the bones in the shoulder joint and keep them in place. A rotator cuff tear occurs when these muscles pull away from the bone. Rotator cuff tears can be extremely painful. They often require surgery.
How Do Shoulder Injuries Occur at Work?
Here are some of the ways that shoulder injuries may occur on the job:
- Lifting heavy objects
- Repeated lifting
- Falling objects from overhead
- Inadequate rest between physical tasks
- Lack of personal protective equipment
- Blunt trauma
- Slip and fall, falling from the same or an elevated height
- Lifting at an awkward angle
- Motor vehicle and equipment accidents
Many shoulder injuries are the result of heavy lifting. However, there are other causes of shoulder injury on the job. Any cause of injury may be covered by workers’ compensation if it is an on-the-job injury or the result of job duties.
How do I tell if my shoulder injury is serious?
Here are some signs that your shoulder injury may be serious:
- It has persisted for a significant period of time without getting better
- There is a sharp pain in a specific spot
- Motion is limited, you can’t move in all directions without pain
- Swelling or visible bruising occurs
- You are unable to lift a usual amount comfortably
- Numbness or tingling develops
- It feels out of place
- You sustained blunt trauma to the shoulder
- It looks unusual in shape
These are some conditions that may indicate a serious problem. Seek medical attention and report the injury to your employer.
Workers’ Comp Shoulder Injury Settlements
Many shoulder injury claims reach settlements. A lawyer can negotiate your case resolution and ensure that you understand what it means. Reaching a settlement may or may not include continued medical care. Having an experienced lawyer to represent you ensures that you take advantage of settlement opportunities and use them effectively.
Filing for Workers’ Comp Benefits After Hurting Your Shoulder
If you hurt your shoulder at work, report it to your employer – even if you aren’t sure that you need medical treatment. That way, there is a record created that you sustained the injury. It makes it harder for the employer to claim later that it is not work related.
You may seek emergency medical care from the nearest provider. Then, you may receive covered medical care at no cost to you from an authorized provider chosen by your employer. For shoulder injuries, it’s helpful to involve a lawyer as soon as possible.
The team at Bobby Jones Law knows the challenges that shoulder injury victims face in the workers’ compensation system. We can begin immediately, protecting your rights and pursuing your interests.
Understanding South Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws can be difficult. We work on behalf of people hurt on the job to get the range of benefits that each person qualifies for.
Start today with a free consultation with a Greenville shoulder injury lawyer. Call, message, or email us for your consultation. Get help today.