Shoulder injuries are one of the most common injuries suffered in workplace accidents. It caused employees to miss a median of 26 days of work, which was longer than the time missed for injuries to any other body part.
Your shoulder joint is one of the most flexible parts of the body, allowing you to rotate your arms, reach behind you or above your head, or throw a ball. If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury on the job, the injury may cause excruciating pain while significantly limiting your ability to work or perform daily activities.
Shoulder injuries are one of the most common injuries suffered in workplace accidents. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 88,980 cases of non-fatal shoulder injuries that required employees to miss work in a recent year. Shoulder injuries caused employees to miss a median of 26 days of work, which was longer than the time missed for injuries to any other body part.
While shoulder injuries are commonly sustained by workers whose jobs involve physical labor, such as construction work, delivery work, painting, or warehouse work, shoulder injuries can occur in nearly any job. Repetitive movement and heavy lifting are two of the most common causes of work injuries.
If you have sustained a shoulder injury on the job in South Carolina, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In most cases, workers’ compensation pays for full medical treatment and provides partial compensation for lost wages after work-related injuries. You may receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault. If your employer or worker’s compensation administrator has disputed your right to benefits, let a trusted workers’ compensation attorney, like the ones at Joye Law Firm, review the accident details and discuss your legal options.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys have been helping injured victims pursue just compensation for decades. Joye Law Firm’s partners, Mark Joye and Ken Harrell, have both been named South Carolina Super Lawyers in recognition of their effective representation of clients. Their compassionate approach and tenacious representation have helped Joye Law Firm earn exceptional case results for clients over the years.
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Common Work-Related Shoulder Injuries
The shoulder is a complex joint made of bones, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and tendons. The ball-and-socket joint connects the arm to the torso and enables the shoulder’s large range of motion.
When any part of the shoulder is injured in an accident or due to repetitive motion, it can affect the function of the entire joint. The three bones in the shoulder, which include the scapula, the humerus, and the clavicle, are prone to fractures and dislocations as a result of trauma. The soft tissues in the shoulder that support the movement of the bones can suffer strains, sprains, or tears.
The most common shoulder injuries sustained in the workplace include:
- Rotator cuff tear
- Shoulder impingement
- Labral tear
- Frozen shoulder
How Workplace Shoulder Injuries Happen
There are a number of factors that may contribute to a shoulder injury at the workplace. A shoulder injury may occur as the result of the sudden trauma of an accident. A shoulder injury also may occur over time, such as from the repeated lifting that a delivery worker may perform.
Some of the common causes of on-the-job shoulder injuries include:
- Heavy lifting
- Pushing or pulling
- Repetitive movements
- Slips and falls
- Working in awkward positions
- Using heavy machinery or power tools
- Motor vehicle accidents