As Alpharetta, Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, we know just how devastating a shoulder injury can be. The three bones in your shoulder joint (the clavicle, scapula and humerus) are the most movable joints in your body. Unfortunately, the shoulder joints are unstable since the shoulder socket is smaller than the ball of your upper arm. While the muscles, tendons and ligaments help to anchor the shoulder in a stable position, the shoulder is highly susceptible to injury, especially when you have a job that requires you to repeatedly do overhead work or heavy lifting.
If you have injured your shoulder at work as a result of a single incident or as a result of repeated lifting or overhead work, Georgia law provides you with benefits under workers’ compensation. To make sure you qualify for and obtain the full extent of workers’ comp benefits, it is advisable to speak with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer as soon as possible after your shoulder injury.
Common Workplace Shoulder Injuries
You use the joints, ligaments and muscles in your shoulder every day when you lift, twist and bend. This is especially true for those in occupations that require a lot of manual labor. Unfortunately, many different problems can develop with the shoulder while performing work including:
- Shoulder sprains
- Shoulder strains
- Dislocation including chronic dislocation
- Torn rotator cuffs
- Bicep tendon tears
- Frozen shoulders
In some cases, these shoulder injuries will get better after a little rest, but you may need to miss work during this time or be placed on restricted duty. In other cases, you may need a variety of medical treatments including steroid injections, medication, physical therapy or even surgery or complete shoulder replacement.
Alpharetta, Georgia Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Shoulder Injuries
If your performance of your job duties is the cause of a shoulder injury, workers’ compensation benefits will provide you with support after your injury. This is true whether you injure your shoulder in a single incident or whether your shoulder problems develop as a result of repetitive stress over time. The workers’ compensation benefits for a shoulder injury should cover:
- Medical treatment costs including any future medical bills
- Lost wages if you have missed seven or more days of work
- Partial disability benefits if your shoulder injury causes your income to decline due to restrictions placed on your ability to work
- Total disability benefits if your shoulder injury results in you being completely unable to work.
Partial or total disability benefits may be available on either a temporary or a permanent basis depending upon the type of injury that you suffered. In some cases, employers will try to push you into going back to work before you are ready in order to stop paying disability benefits. If your employer tries to limit or deny benefits to you in any way or if your employer denies your workers’ compensation claim, you need to get legal help from an Alpharetta, Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney right away.
Have You Been Injured On The Job?
If you’ve been injured at work you need to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 855.GA.INJURY or 404.991.5950 to schedule your free consultation.