Shoulder and elbow injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries. If you’ve suffered a shoulder or elbow injury at work, you may wonder whether you have a valid workers’ compensation claim.
You can generally file a workers’ compensation claim if you’ve been injured at work. However, there are some exceptions. For example, if your negligence caused your injury, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
This blog post will discuss everything you need to know about workplace shoulder and elbow injury claims. We’ll cover the basics of workers’ compensation, joint shoulder, and elbow injuries, and how to file a claim.
What is the most common type of shoulder and elbow injury in the workplace?
Many different types of shoulder and elbow injuries can occur in the workplace. However, some are more common than others. Here are five of the most common types of workplace shoulder and elbow injuries:
- Sprains and strains. Sprains and strains are the most common type of shoulder and elbow injury. They occur when the ligaments or muscles are stretched or torn.
- Dislocations. Dislocations occur when the bones in the joint are forced out of place.
- Fractures. Fractures occur when the bones in the joint are broken.
- Tendonitis. Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons. It can be caused by repetitive motions or overuse of the joint.
- Arthritis. Arthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints. It can cause pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
How can I prevent shoulder and elbow injuries at work?
You can do several things to prevent shoulder and elbow injuries at work. Here are some tips:
- Use proper lifting techniques. When lifting heavy objects, be sure to use an appropriate lifting technique. Avoid twisting your body or lifting objects above your head.
- Take breaks. Take breaks frequently if you’re doing a task requiring repetitive motions. This will help reduce the risk of tendonitis.
- Use ergonomic devices. Ergonomic devices can help reduce the risk of injuries. Use ergonomic devices if you’re doing a task requiring repetitive motions.
- Wear appropriate clothing. When working in a hazardous environment, be sure to wear appropriate clothing. This includes gloves, eye protection, and durable clothing.
- Stretch. Stretching your muscles can help reduce the risk of sprains and strains. Be sure to try before and after work.
Following these tips can reduce your risk of sustaining a shoulder or elbow injury at work.
What should I do if I have a workplace shoulder or elbow injury?
If you have a workplace shoulder or elbow injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. After you’ve seen a doctor, you should then notify your employer. Your employer will then have the option to file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf. This claim will help you get the benefits you need to recover from your injury.
What are the benefits of filing a workers’ compensation claim?
There are several benefits of filing a workers’ compensation claim. These benefits can help you recover from your injury and return to work.
- Medical benefits. Workers’ compensation will cover the cost of your medical care. This includes the cost of doctors’ visits, hospital stays, prescriptions, and therapies.
- Income benefits. Workers’ compensation will provide you with income benefits if you cannot work because of your injury. These benefits can help you cover your living expenses while you recover.
- Death benefits. If your injury is fatal, workers’ compensation will provide death benefits to your family. These benefits can help your family cover funeral and other expenses.
Contact and Visit Us at DYS Law Group
You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you’ve been injured at work. The attorneys at DYS Law Group can help you file a claim and get the benefits you deserve.
Call us today at (310) 473-2355 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation.