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Work-Related Torn Rotator Cuff Injuries

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A rotator cuff is defined as "a capsule with fused tendons that supports the arm at the shoulder joint." These tendons are what allow you to rotate your arm in a wide range of motion. You can sustain a torn rotator cuff injury from falling on your shoulder or onto your outstretched hand, performing heavy or repetitive lifting or being injured in a car accident.

Rotator cuff injuries can include tendonitis (when your tendon is inflamed, irritated or swollen), a complete tear (when the tendon is split into two pieces) or a partial tear (when there is limited damage to the tendon). If you've suffered a shoulder injury while at work, talk to our Cobb County workers' compensation lawyers about filing for benefits.

Symptoms of a Torn Rotator Cuff

If you are experiencing an unstable shoulder and shoulder pain, you could have a torn rotator cuff.

More specific symptoms include:

  • A cracking noise when the tear occurred
  • A dull ache in the upper arm and shoulder
  • Pain/discomfort when lifting and lowering your arm
  • Weakness with rotating your arm
  • Difficulty lifting the arm over a 90 degree angle
  • Pain extending down to the elbow
  • Neck pain on the side of the affected shoulder
  • Low dull headaches

Immediately after an accident, seek medical treatment immediately. If you do not receive medical care promptly, you can experience further tearing or permanent partial loss of the upper extremity. You can also risk having your claims being denied. The longer you wait to seek treatment, insurance companies can claim that your injuries were the result of a non-work-related activity.

What Does Compensation Include?

If you experienced a torn rotator cuff injury as a result of a work-related accident, you could be eligible to receive lost wages, temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits. If your shoulder does not heal, you can file for permanent partial disability. Find out more about filing a workers' compensation claim and learn what benefits could be entitled to receive. Our workers' compensation lawyers personally guide you through the entire process from beginning to end.

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