Shoulder Injuries and the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act



The Alabama Workers' Compensation Act treats claims for shoulder injuries similarly to other types of workers' compensation claims in many ways. For example, in order to receive benefits for a shoulder injury under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act, an employee must show that the injury was sustained on the job, and while the employee was acting in the line and scope of employment. The employee must also report the injury to their employer within a certain time frame and cooperate with the employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier during the claims process.

However, there are some key differences between workers' compensation claims for shoulder injuries and other types of workers' compensation claims. These differences are largely due to the unique nature of shoulder injuries and their impact on an employee's ability to work.

One key difference is the types of benefits that may be available for a shoulder injury. In addition to medical expenses and temporary total disability benefits, an employee with a shoulder injury may be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits if the injury results in a permanent loss of function or impairment. The amount of these benefits is determined based on the degree of impairment and the employee's average weekly wage.

Another difference is the length of time that an employee may be entitled to benefits for a shoulder injury. Because shoulder injuries can be particularly debilitating, an employee may be unable to return to work for an extended period of time. As a result, they may be entitled to temporary total disability benefits for a longer period of time than an employee with a less severe injury.

Additionally, workers' compensation claims for shoulder injuries may involve more complex medical issues than other types of workers' compensation claims in Alabama. Shoulder injuries can range from sprains and strains to more serious injuries such as fractures and dislocations. As a result, the medical treatment and rehabilitation required for a shoulder injury may be more extensive and costly than for other types of injuries.

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Finally, workers' compensation claims for shoulder injuries may be more likely to be disputed by the employer or the employer's insurance carrier. Because shoulder injuries can be difficult to diagnose and treat, there may be disagreement about the cause of the injury and the extent of the employee's impairment. This can lead to disputes over the employee's entitlement to benefits and the amount of benefits they are entitled to receive.

Overall, workers' compensation claims for shoulder injuries can be complex and require the expertise of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. If you have sustained a shoulder injury on the job, it is important to seek the advice of a lawyer who can help you navigate the claims process and ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to.

 

 

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