Elbow and Shoulder Injuries
Workplace injuries can have devastating consequences for a person’s life. Elbow and shoulder injuries often make even the most minor movements extremely painful and make it challenging to keep working until the injury heals. If you or someone close to you has suffered an elbow or shoulder injury on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits on either a temporary or permanent basis. At Therman Law Offices, our Wheaton and Schaumburg workers’ compensation lawyers are knowledgeable in this area of law and can apply our experience to use in your case.Types of Elbow or Shoulder Injuries on the Job
Injuries to the upper extremities are common in the workplace. Many different types of actions, such as lifting and reaching overhead or the repetitive use of a keyboard, can give rise to an elbow or shoulder injury. These types of injuries can affect a person’s daily life, including their ability to work. Common examples of elbow and shoulder injuries include:
- Cubital tunnel syndrome: This is an irritation of the nerve on the inside of the elbow.
- Referred pain: This refers to pain in the elbow caused by an injury to the spine.
- Ligament strain: A tear in the connective tissue or elbow ligament can be a result of heavy lifting or stress on the muscle or joint.
- Elbow fracture: These injuries can result from an accident like a fall or a blow to the joint.
- Rotator cuff injuries: This type of injury causes a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens when you try to sleep on the affected side.
- Chronic joint dislocation: This happens when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket.
In addition to the aforementioned elbow and shoulder injuries, you may suffer injuries requiring shoulder surgery or shoulder strains and sprains.
If you have suffered an on-the-job elbow or shoulder injury in Illinois, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a system of benefits that pays for the medical costs of job-related injuries and illnesses, as well as replacing some of your lost wages caused by your time away from work or your need to take a lower-paying job. In other words, this system is designed to compensate you for some of your losses and get you back to work as soon as possible. Workers’ compensation coverage starts from the moment that a person begins working and covers almost every employee in the state.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that you will be eligible for benefits regardless of who was at fault for your workplace injury. If you were at fault, you probably still will be able to obtain benefits. Even though workers’ compensation statutes generally make an employer immune from personal injury lawsuits, an injured worker often can sue third parties, such as general contractors, manufacturers, or careless drivers, and recover compensation from them through a personal injury claim.
It is important to note that the exact amount of benefits that a person will be entitled to obtain will depend on the specific nature and extent of the injury suffered. Typically, an injured worker will be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, disability, and a portion of lost wages. Our attorneys will meticulously analyze the facts of your case and help you understand whom you can sue and how much you may be able to recover.Get Legal Guidance Following a Workplace Accident in Wheaton or Schaumburg
If you have suffered an elbow or shoulder injury at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your harm. At Therman Law Offices, our attorneys can provide aggressive representation at every step of the way. We understand that this is a stressful time, but you can expect the utmost compassion from our entire team. We serve workers in the areas around Schaumburg, Wheaton, West Chicago, Lemont, Westmont, Oakbrook Terrace, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Lisle, Darien, and Bolingbrook, as well as other cities. For more information, call our work injury lawyers at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.