Your right shoulder has been bothering you for weeks now—especially at work. Your boss says that older construction workers often have trouble with their joints, and it is just the nature of the beast—but it’s also keeping you from doing your job. Should you just accept the pain, or does your injury qualify you for workers’ compensation?

Your boss was right about one thing: construction workers are likely to suffer rotator cuff injuries. However, these injuries are considered work injuries that can be paid for under workers’ comp, no matter if they occurred during a sudden accident or because of years of repetitive stress.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injuries

Victims of rotator cuff injuries may experience symptoms immediately after tearing the tendon, or suffer from symptoms gradually over time. The most common signs of rotator cuff injuries include:

  • Pain when raising your arms, moving your shoulder, or lying on the affected side.
  • Weakness or tenderness in the shoulder joint.
  • Limited range of motion in the arm and shoulder.
  • Dull pain that does not subside even when the arm is at rest.
  • Pins or stabbing pains that stretch from the front of the shoulder to the side of the arm.
  • Inability to lift, stretch, or reach without pain.
  • Difficulty putting your arms behind your back or placing your hands on your hips.
  • Inability to sleep at night.
  • Loss of strength or sensation in the hand or fingers.

If these symptoms persist, there are several treatment options that can ease your pain. Many workers find relief with physical therapy and cortisone injections, while others may require surgery to relieve the pressure on the affected nerve. Whatever therapy you choose, it is important to realize that you should not pay for the cost of your injury yourself—no matter how much your boss tries to convince you otherwise.

Are you still fighting with your employer to get compensation for a construction accident? Leave us a comment below to tell others what you wish you had known before seeking payment for a rotator cuff injury.

Manfred Ricciardelli
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