Can you get workers' compensation for a rotator cuff injury?

by Michael Fay on May. 01, 2020

Employment Workers' Compensation Accident & Injury 

Summary: Rotator Cuff Injuries are very common work injuries.

Rotator cuff injuries are some of the most common types of shoulder injuries, yet some Minnesota workers may not know that it is a common type of injury for individuals who work in certain jobs. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, and any injury to this area can be painful and make work difficult. 

If you experienced a rotator cuff injury, you know how painful it can be to simply manage the pain while still attempting to go about your daily life. You could require surgery, rehabilitation and a significant amount of time away from work to fully recover. This can be expensive and emotionally draining, and before you know it, your work injury may affect many different areas of your life.

Who is vulnerable to this type of injury?

The workers most vulnerable to a rotator cuff injury are those who lift as part of their job or perform tasks with their arms lifted overhead. While this can include various types of jobs, some of the individuals who could be more likely to experience this type of injury include:

  • Construction workers
  • Assembly workers
  • Painters
  • Carpenters

These injuries are often common among individuals who play sports such as baseball or tennis. In fact, you may be unsure if your rotator cuff injury is even the result of your job, but you could still be eligible for workers' compensation benefits if your job exacerbated an old injury or preexisting condition.

If you are unsure of how your injury happened or if your work accident simply made an old injury worse, you always have the right to know your options. In fact, you have the right to seek guidance and a complete explanation of the appropriate course of action, which may include filing a workers' compensation claim.

Getting what you need for a full recovery

If you suffered a rotator cuff injury as the result of your job, you have a rightful claim to certain benefits through your employer's workers' compensation insurance. Whether you needed surgery or extensive physical therapy, you are entitled to a full and fair recovery after a work accident.

You would be wise to learn more about your options as soon as possible after a work accident or the worsening of a shoulder injury. When your ability to work and your financial well-being are at stake, there is no time to lose.

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