A torn rotator cuff is not an injury anyone expects, and it often happens over time. The rotator cuff is just not a part of the body we think about often, but when it is damaged, it can lead to serious complications for our work and personal lives. At JML Law, we are ready to help if your injury is due to the workplace. Our torn rotator cuff injury lawyer will investigate all aspects of your case in order to secure the compensation you deserve.
What does the rotator cuff do?
Most people never think about their rotator cuff, or even know it exists, until something happens to it. The rotator cuff is a bunch of muscles and tendons that keep your upper arm firmly in your shoulder socket. The rotator cuff is what allows you to move your arms around. If it is damaged or torn, a person can struggle to perform daily tasks. A torn rotator cuff can also cause immense pain.
How does the workplace affect the rotator cuff?
Most people hear of rotator cuff injuries happening to athletes, but they happen to workers all the time. Anyone who performs repetitive motions with their arms during the workday could be at risk of a rotator cuff injury, especially over long periods of time.
Rotator cuff injuries and tears can be considered repetitive stress (or cumulative trauma) injuries. Workers in retail, clothing, manufacturing, maintenance, and more are all at high risk of these injuries.
However, it is important to note that rotator cuff tears can also be caused by a single traumatic incident. This can include a sudden jerking of the arm or heavy weights overextending the arm. Workplace vehicle accidents, heavy machinery incidents, and falls can all cause rotator cuff tears.
How do these injuries affect workers?
The gradual onset of these injuries can be deceiving and lead workers to no realize they are injured. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Dull aching deep in the shoulder
- Painful while sleeping
- Arm weakness or numbness
- Difficulty performing routine tasks associated with lifting the arm
You need to seek medical attention as soon as you suspect there is an injury. Recovery from these injuries could include physical therapy, altered work duties, or even surgery.
How much compensation am I entitled to?
If you or a loved one sustain a torn rotator cuff due to the workplace, you deserve to receive compensation for your injury. However, proving a rotator cuff happened due to work activities can be difficult. At JML Law we are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Coverage of current and future medical bills
- Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
- Loss of future earnings
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
If you need a Garden Grove torn rotator cuff injury attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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