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Can you get workers compensation for a shoulder injury?

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Shoulder injuries are common in many workplaces. This is especially true in jobs that involve repetitive motion, heavy lifting, or awkward positions. 

An injury can significantly impact one’s ability to perform their job. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are available to employees who suffer shoulder injuries.

Qualification for worker’s compensation

The injury must be work-related to qualify for workers’ compensation. It means it must occur while performing job duties or caused by adverse conditions at the workplace. 

Common work-related causes of shoulder injuries include repetitive strain injuries. This can happen because of tasks such as lifting, carrying, or reaching overhead. It may also include acute trauma from accidents like falls or heavy object impacts.

Filing workers’ compensation

To file a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania for a shoulder injury, the injured employee should report the injury to their employer as soon as possible and seek medical attention. Prompt reporting and documentation can help ensure the claim’s success. 

The employee will typically need to fill out a workers’ compensation claim form provided by their employer or the state workers’ compensation board. 

Review and disbursement 

Once they file the claim, the workers’ compensation insurance company will review it and may require additional information or an independent medical examination. 

If the claim is approved, the injured employee will receive benefits to cover medical expenses related to the shoulder injury and a portion of their lost wages during the recovery period. 

Securing workers’ compensation for a shoulder injury can help alleviate the financial burden of medical expenses and lost wages. Understanding the process and promptly reporting your injury are crucial steps in receiving the benefits you deserve.