Elbow and Shoulder Injuries
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Helping Employees and Families Throughout the Chicago Area
The Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca represent injured workers in their claims for benefits. People who suffer an elbow or shoulder injury at work are entitled to file a claim for their work-related condition or harm suffered in an accident. Our attorneys understand the importance of focusing on the legal aspect of causation, determining exactly how workplace injuries were suffered, and proving the true impact of the job-related harm. Victims of workplace injuries receive personal attention and comprehensive representation from our firm as they seek maximum compensation for their harm.
Workers May be Entitled to Benefits for Job-Related Elbow or Shoulder Injuries
Elbow and shoulder injuries can range in severity but can leave workers temporarily or permanently disabled. Harm to the elbow can affect other body parts, such as the wrist and shoulder. In some cases, an elbow injury is included in a workers’ compensation award for other serious injuries.
Workers who injure their shoulders may find that they have impeded their ability to perform work-related tasks. Shoulder injuries can include bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and severe shoulder strain. Many of these injuries occur at work and can lead to nerve injuries and other complications in certain cases. When the employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company awards disability benefits, this provides financial compensation to workers facing an elbow or shoulder injury that has affected their ability to continue working. Some workers undergo shoulder surgery, while others perform physical therapy and rest the affected area, healing in a shorter period of time.
Many individuals suffer pain due to an elbow or shoulder injury, and they may also endure a decreased range of motion or tingling sensation. This can seriously affect their ability to fully complete their work-related tasks. Elbow and shoulder injuries can result from blunt trauma or a fall at work, and in some cases, workers who perform repeated and repetitive lifting can affect the tendons and muscles of their shoulders and wrists. Warehouse accidents can lead to shoulder and elbow injuries for workers who are repeatedly moving or lifting objects such as heavy boxes.
The compensation available to injured workers, according to Illinois law, is intended to help alleviate the financial burdens associated with time lost from work, as well as any need for surgery or physical therapy. Temporary partial disability benefits will be provided to workers until they are fully healed and capable of returning to their former job. Benefits may also cease when they reach maximum medical improvement.
Most employees will be eligible for lost wages due to missed work as a result of their elbow or shoulder injury. If a shoulder or elbow injury leads to a decreased range of motion or another impairment, the worker may be awarded permanent impairment benefits. Permanent partial disability benefits are used to compensate a worker for the loss of use of a particular body part.
Retain a Chicago Attorney Dedicated to Helping Workers
Since they are among the more common workplace injuries, shoulder and elbow injuries can result in significant workers’ compensation awards for many employees throughout Chicago and the surrounding cities. Based on the amount of treatment required for an elbow or shoulder injury, workers may receive a range of benefits that are intended to help them recover and return to the workforce. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we protect the rights of injured workers to recover full compensation for their harm in the workplace. Our job injury lawyers understand the significance of evaluating all of the circumstances affecting an award of benefits, and we are experienced in advocating throughout all of the phases of a claim or appeal. We also assist workers in Aurora, Springfield, Rockford, Champaign, and other areas of Cook, Winnebago, Adams, Champaign, and Kane Counties. To set up a free consultation and assess your case with an attorney, call our office at 312-724-5846 or reach us online.