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How to file a workers’ comp claim for a shoulder injury

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Shoulder injuries are common in many workplaces, especially those involving repetitive motion or heavy lifting. Filing a workers’ compensation claim for a shoulder injury involves several steps to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

Recognize the symptoms

Identifying the symptoms of a shoulder injury early is crucial. Common signs include pain, swelling, limited range of motion, and weakness. Reporting these symptoms right away helps in documenting the injury and starting the claims process.

Report the injury

Delays in reporting can complicate your claim and may lead to denial of benefits. You need to give your employer detailed information about how the injury occurred, including the tasks you were performing.

Seek medical treatment

Obtaining medical treatment is a key step in filing a workers’ comp claim. Visit a healthcare provider to get a thorough examination and diagnosis of your shoulder injury. Make sure that the medical documentation states the injury is work-related. This is vital evidence for your claim.

File the claim

Your employer or their insurance provider will provide forms to fill out. Accurate and detailed information helps avoid delays. Keep copies of all forms and documents related to your injury and treatment.

Follow up on your claim

After filing, stay in contact with your employer and the insurance provider to monitor the status of your claim. Attend all medical appointments and follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations to support your recovery and strengthen your claim.

Understanding your rights

Knowing your rights under workers’ compensation laws is crucial. These include coverage for medical expenses, wage replacement benefits, and protection if you choose to file a claim.  Staying informed ensures you navigate the process and secure your benefits.

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