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Shoulder injuries can lead to lifelong debilitating pain and diminish a worker’s ability to return to normal working conditions. Often, they can even affect simple tasks like putting on a shirt. Depending on the severity of the injury or degenerative disease, shoulder injuries may require extensive physical therapy or even multiple surgeries to treat.

If you’ve been injured at work, the bilingual attorneys at Cruz & Associates can help with your workers’ compensation claim process. We proudly serve Phoenix and surrounding Tempe, Scottsdale and Glendale communities.

Causes of Shoulder Injuries

Workers whose daily tasks involve heavy lifting or repetitive overhead work are more susceptible to shoulder injuries. You may be more likely to incur a shoulder injury if your work involves:

Power Tools & Equipment

Some equipment poses more of a risk than others. Heavy machinery that involves lifting may cause damage to your shoulder over time, while repetitive and strong vibrations also pose risk to your joints and muscles. Factory and construction industry workers are at higher risk for these types of injuries.

Lifting & Pushing

If your work involves lifting, pushing and moving heavy objects, you may be at higher risk of a shoulder injury. While warehouse, factory and construction employees are most likely to incur these injuries, it’s also possible for those who work at a desk to injure themselves by lifting, pushing or moving heavy objects at the office.

Awkward Positions & Repetitive Motion

Jobs that require holding awkward positions or repeating certain motions also pose heightened risk for shoulder injury. Workers who may hold awkward positions include roofers, plumbers and construction workers. Repetitive motion can cause damage to your shoulder and down through your fingers depending on your work. Cashiers, servers and line cooks, office workers, and more are susceptible to repetitive motion injuries.

Risk for Slipping & Falling

Employees who work in conditions that may cause them to slip and fall could be entitled to workers’ compensation if they are injured. Your employer is responsible for maintaining a safe exterior and interior work environment, so you may have a case if you’ve been injured by slipping and/or falling at work. Any employee exposed to wet, icy, worn or damaged floors may be at risk for slipping and falling.

Types of Shoulder Injuries

Cruz and Associates has over 25 years of experience representing workers who’ve suffered from all types of shoulder injuries including:

  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Displaced Shoulder Fractures
  • Chronic Shoulder Dislocations
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Biceps Tendon Tears
  • Fractured Collarbones
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separations

Be sure to visit a medical professional to have your shoulder injury officially diagnosed. Having medical proof of your injury is an essential step in getting the workers’ compensation settlement you deserve.

Do You Have Shoulder Pain from an On-the-Job Injury? Contact Cruz & Associates

If you’re suffering pain from a shoulder injury on the job, you may be entitled to medical treatment and compensation for your injury. At Cruz & Associates, our team is dedicated to injured workers. Contact us to set up a free consultation. We can meet with you in our office, in your home, or at the hospital if you are unable to travel. Someone is available 24/7 and only a phone call away. You need an experienced attorney who’s on your side, working to protect your rights, and we can help.