Workers’ compensation shoulders injuries are fairly common. People injure their shoulders a lot at work, often due to lifting things that are too heavy or working overhead. Other times, people injure their shoulders at work when they trip over something or fall from heights and land on their shoulders.
Workers’ compensation shoulders injuries are, for the most part, treated like any other work-related injury. This means that there are five basic benefits offered under New Jersey workers’ compensation law that are as applicable to a shoulder injury as much as to any other work-related injury.
These benefits are:
- Medical benefits to pay for the treatment you need to recover from your shoulder injury
- Total disability benefits to replace the wages you lose while being off work or on light duty and earning less money
- Permanent partial disability benefits to compensate you for any permanent impairment or loss of function to any body part (legs, arms, fingers, toes, lungs etc.) as a result of the injury
- Permanent total disability benefits to compensate you if you are permanently and totally impaired due to a work-related injury and cannot return to any gainful employment
- Death benefits to be paid to your dependents if you are killed or die as a result a work-related accident or injury.
One of the most common types of work-related shoulder injuries is a rotator cuff tear. This type of shoulder injury is often diagnosed by a doctor via an MRI.
Often, when doctors notice a rotator cuff tear, they will recommend surgery. But, whether there is a surgery performed or not, you may continue to have problems with your shoulder even after you have been treated and recovered. In other words, you may not recover 100% to where you were before the injury, at least not right away.
The problem with this is that if you have continuing problems with your shoulder, performing jobs that require you to lift or make repetitive movements with your shoulder or to work overhead will be a problem. As a result, you may have difficulty returning to work in the same sort of position you had before the injury occurred.
Unless your employer has some sort of light duty or other work you can perform until your shoulder has recovered 100%, you may have to be off work until you are well enough to resume your previous position. However, in most cases, New Jersey workers’ compensation only provides wage replacement benefits for a limited amount of time. Also, after some period of time, there may be a reduction in the amount of your total disability benefit payments.
How an Experienced New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
Working with an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney can help. An experienced attorney can ensure that you receive the proper medical treatment and can help you maximize the amount compensation you receive for the wages you lose, as well as, any resulting impairment you have as a result of your workers’ compensation shoulder injury.
For more information on how you can receive the benefits you are entitled to as a result of your New Jersey work-related shoulder injury, contact an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney. Workman’s Compensation for New Jersey can help you find the workers’ compensation attorney you need. Call us at 609-412-4722, or contact us here for a free consultation.