People go to work every day not imagining that today may be the day they injure their shoulder on the job. From workers who perform manual labor to office employees, people use their shoulders when they lift something or even twist. However, those who perform manual labor or even warehouse work, where they are constantly lifting overhead, are often the most vulnerable for suffering shoulder injuries on the job in Florida.
Shoulder injuries are more common than most people think because the three bones in the shoulder move about. The clavicle, humerus, and scapula bones may be some of the most moveable joints in the entire body. A person’s tendons, muscles, and ligaments try to do the job of securing the shoulder, but the shoulder joint is vulnerable because the shoulder socket is small in comparison to the upper arm ball. The mechanics of the shoulder put it at risk for injury including fractures, sprains, tears and dislocation.
If you injured your shoulder at work in Florida, you should receive workers’ compensation benefits whether you injured your shoulder from repetitive movements over time or from one single workplace accident. The benefits could include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Partial disability
- Total disability
If your shoulder injury causes your income to be reduced because of your limitations, or if you cannot do the job you did before your injury, you may be entitled to disability depending on the severity of the injury you suffered. Florida law provides injured workers with benefits, and you need to make sure you are getting the full extent of your benefits.
How a FL Workers’ Comp Lawyer Can Help
In some cases, you may need surgery or a complete shoulder replacement, steroid injections, physical therapy, and rest that may require you to miss work and lose out on income. Even if you are placed on restricted duty, you may still miss out on the income you are used to making.
It is in your best interest to have a skilled Broward County workers’ compensation attorney review your medical diagnosis to make sure you are getting the maximum benefits you are entitled to. It is also critical to contact an attorney if your employer did not carry workers’ compensation insurance, if your employer denied your claim for benefits, or if your employer is pushing you to come back to work before you are ready to do so.
For a free consultation, contact a skilled South Florida workers’ compensation attorney to find out your rights. Call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today and also request a copy of our book titled: Hurt On the Job in Florida – What Are My Rights?