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Workers’ compensation for rotator cuff issues

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Arms and shoulders may experience strain from physical labor. Since the shoulder muscles and tendons work together to perform several tasks in various daily work routines, a great many California employees might suffer from rotator cuff injuries. Thankfully, many of these injuries are treatable with relatively minimal invasiveness, and a workers’ compensation claim can provide financial support for the treatments.

The rotator cuff and potential injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that keep the shoulder joint in its proper place. The arms and shoulder rely on a healthy rotator cuff for mobility. Muscles and tendons can suffer damage, and injuries to the rotator cuff are not uncommon. These issues could result from cumulative strain or an unexpected acute injury.

Workers who put stress on their shoulders and rotator cuff might soon discover they develop spurs. The rotator cuff could gradually weaken, and a rotator cuff tear may result. Surgery might be necessary when suffering such a tear.

Work-related issues and rotator cuff injuries

Workers can hurt their rotator cuff by lifting heavy objects, mainly by raising them over their heads. That’s not the only way such injuries could occur, as a slip-and-fall accident may also lead to rotator cuff damage.

Both surgical and non-surgical treatment for shoulder injuries could involve significant downtime. Employees might need to file for workers’ compensation to alleviate any financial stress from missing work. Following all the necessary steps to file a claim properly will help the worker avoid problems, although even a properly filed claim could suffer from an unfortunate denial. Thankfully, there are appeal steps an applicant may follow in such situations. A successful appeal could lead to receiving sought-after benefits.

If you are injured at work, immediately report the incident to your employer. In California, you must complete the employer’s filing paperwork within 24 hours of receiving it if you are to be eligible for financial assistance.