Shoulder Injury

Choose a North Carolina shoulder injury lawyer

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Workers who perform a lot of manual labor such as heavy lifting or repetitive motions are at risk of a shoulder injury. Shoulder injuries are painful and often debilitating. It's not unusual for an injured worker to need months, years or longer to fully recover.

Let a North Carolina shoulder injury lawyer guide you if you sustained a shoulder injury while on the job. Call 1-866-900-7078 today.

The following is a short list of jobs that carry a risk of shoulder injury:

  • Carpenters
  • Truck drivers
  • Nurses
  • Painters
  • Teachers

NC Workers' Comp — Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is the most flexible and mobile joint in the body. This very mobility makes it prone to injury.

People with shoulder injuries often have a lot of lifting restrictions, especially overhead activity. This can mean nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNA's) can't help patients off the bed or into/out of the shower. For truck drivers, it can mean the inability to check their load and unload their truck. For a carpenter or tradesman, it can mean no swinging of a hammer. For a painter, it can mean no sustained strength activities, such as brush-strokes. In a child care and teaching situation, it can mean no lifting of children.

Common types of shoulder injuries include:

Torn Rotator Cuff: Rotator Cuffs connect the humerus (bone in the upper part of the arm) to the scapula (shoulder blade). A common symptom of a rotator cuff tear is pain at the top and front of the shoulder or the outer side of the upper arm which may increase when the arm is lifted in the overhead position. Pain is usually worse at night and often interrupts sleep. Although some people get relief from physical therapy, a rotator cuff tear frequently requires surgical repair.

Dislocation: This occurs when the head of the humerus slips out of the shoulder socket. It can cause intense pain and immobilization ("frozen shoulder"). When a shoulder is immobilized by pain, changes take place within the joint. Adhesions can grow between the bones of the shoulder joint and limit movement and compromise the availability of normal fluids. When conservative measures fail, the shoulder can be manipulated under anesthesia.

Choose the workers' compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

Our Workers' Compensation lawyers may be able to help you obtain appropriate medical care, as well as help to ensure you receive the workers' compensation benefits you may be entitled. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.

Serious injuries demand serious attention. Don't leave your future to chance. Take action! Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. We're on your side.

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