Most, but not all shoulder injuries result from a single traumatic event. Many injuries result in damage and symptoms involving one or more of the four major muscle groups surrounding the shoulder joint. The injured worker must remember to report the injury event to a supervisor or other designated individual as soon as possible thereafter. There are time lines involved and each injury must be analyzed on a case-by-case basis.
The employer should direct the injured worker on to an appropriate medical health care provider. In a large company the first medical visit may involve on site medical personnel hired by the employer. If the injury requires further attention, then the onsite medical personnel will typically refer the individual to a private medical health care provider, when shoulder injuries usually involves an orthopedist.
It is important to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after the event of an injury. Often the medical health care provider will only be concerned with the body part that causes the most pain. The injured worker should mention all body parts that suffer pain, numbness or other systems. Most patients usually complain of only the body part that causes the most pain and suffering and patients should remember to report each and every body part.
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