Des Moines Shoulder Injury Lawyer
Helping You Work to Recover Fair Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Shoulder injuries are extremely common in workplace settings. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50,000 atraumatic work-related shoulder injuries are reported in the United States every year. The commonality of these types of injuries—as well as the immense expense of treatment and lost wages—is one reason why the insurance industry and employers pushed for change in Iowa workers’ compensation laws in 2017 to reduce benefits for workers with shoulder injuries.
If you have suffered a shoulder injury as a result of a workplace accident or due to repetitive stress, turn to the Des Moines workers' compensation attorney at King Law, PLLC. Though the insurance industry has tried to make obtaining your benefits difficult, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim and seek compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. Attorney Mark King is prepared to guide you through this process with personalized attention and one-on-one representation. At King Law, PLLC, you are treated not as another case number but as a real person navigating an extremely challenging time in your life.
Types of Work-Related Shoulder Injuries
Work-related shoulder injuries can be caused by both repetitive use (repetitive stress injuries) or due to trauma. A shoulder injury can affect your ability to perform your work, as well as tasks in your personal life.
The most common types of on-the-job and work-related shoulder injuries include:
- Biceps tendon tear
- Torn rotator cuff
- Frozen shoulder
- Torn labrum
- Tendon injuries
At King Law, PLLC, Attorney King is dedicated to using his experience and skill to file successful workers' compensation claims for his clients. Regardless of the severity of your injury or the circumstances, you can count on him to work hard on your behalf. His goal is to ensure you receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and resulting disability.
Filing Your Claim
After any work-related injury, it is important that you obtain immediately medical attention. It’s also important that you notify your employer right away but no more than 90 days after the injury. If your shoulder injury was caused by repetitive stress, the 90-day timeframe typically begins on the day on which you were diagnosed or the day you became aware (or reasonably should have been aware) that your injury was work-related.
After receiving notice of your injury, your employer is responsible for informing their insurance provider and the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner of the injury. If your employer fails to begin the claims process, you can file your workers’ compensation claim yourself. If your employer or their insurance company disputes or denies your claim, you can appeal with the help of a skilled Des Moines workers’ compensation attorney.