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Shoulder Injuries

Springfield Lawyers for Shoulder Injuries

You may not realize just how often you use your shoulder until you injure it at work. Shoulder workplace injuries affect thousands of people every year, often resulting in substantial lost wages and medical expenses. If you have found yourself in this situation, we have some good news: you are likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits, and our experienced legal team can help you ensure that you get the full value of your claim as soon as you can. 

To schedule a free case evaluation with a Missouri workers' compensation attorney, call our office today at (417) 545-3775 or reach out online.

What Causes Injuries in the Workplace?

Workplace shoulder injuries are extremely common and are consistently listed among the most common forms of occupational injury in the United States. As an employee, it's important to understand that shoulder injuries can happen to anyone, including construction workers, people who work in warehouses, office employees, and performing artists. Some of the more common causes of workplace shoulder injuries include:

  • Overuse
  • Falls
  • Repetitive motions
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Pushing or pulling
  • Working in positions that put strain on your arms, neck, or shoulders

Types of Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that has various components that have the potential to be injured in workplace accidents. Parts of the shoulder that can be injured include the acromioclavicular joint, the glenohumeral joint, and various tendons and ligaments. The shoulder is also connected to the humerus, clavicle, and scapula, all of which can be affected in a shoulder injury. Some of the more common shoulder injuries that people suffer at work include:

Sprains & Strains

Sprains and strains happen when the soft tissues in your shoulder are overstretched. In many cases, sprains can result in the separation of the acromioclavicular joint. Many strains are direct trauma to the shoulder, as can occur in falls, vehicle accidents, or struck by/against events. In many cases, sprains and strains result in restricted movement, pain, swelling, tenderness, and bruising.


In some cases, shoulder injuries result in a tearing of a muscle, ligament, tendon, that makes up the shoulder. These kinds of tears can often occur when a person tries to brace a fall or other impact by stretching out with their arms and hands, and they commonly affect the rotator cuff. Tears can also lead to dislocations.

Workers' Compensation Provides Benefits Regardless of Fault

If you have sustained a shoulder injury at work, it's important to understand that workers' compensation provides benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident. In return for this no-fault coverage, however, victims of workplace accidents are typically not able to sue their employers for damages. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you do not need a lawyer to pursue a workers' compensation claim, however. Workers' compensation insurers are for-profit companies that will minimize every claim they can. For this reason, you should always retain an attorney after any workplace accident.

Speak with Our Missouri Workers' Compensation Lawyers Today

Victims of workplace accidents that result in shoulder or any other injuries can often recover significant benefits through a workers' compensation claim. To schedule your free case evaluation with a workers' compensation lawyer in Missouri, call The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton today or contact us online.

Seasoned Advocacy, Proven Results
At The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton, we provide reliable workers’ compensation assistance with an accessible small-town feel. With nearly 50 years of combined legal experience, our knowledgeable, no-nonsense Missouri workers’ compensation law firm is prepared to help you find relief from your financial burdens after a workplace accident. Every client is important to us. Our staff is committed to working tirelessly on your behalf to get you the compensation you are owed.

Stay In The Know

  • Why Do I Need a Missouri Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
    A workers’ compensation claim can take several months, even years, to resolve, especially if you continue to suffer from the effects of your work-related injury. Your employer and its insurance company will be represented by highly skilled attorneys who know how to exploit an injured employee. You need to level the playing field by hiring a Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer who will fight on your behalf.
  • What Happens If My Employer Denies Me Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
    In many cases, your employer or their insurance company will promptly pay any workers’ compensation benefits. But if they deny benefits–or stop paying them before you receive what you believe you are entitled to under the law–then you have the right to file a claim with the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. An administrative law judge appointed by the Division will review your claim and either conduct mediation between you and your employer, or alternatively hold a formal hearing to determine your right to compensation.
  • What Kinds of Injuries Are Covered?

    Under Missouri law, workers’ compensation only covers injuries that arise “out of and in the course of employment.” This includes accidents that occur during your work shift. It also includes “occupational diseases” contracted at work, provided workplace exposure was the “prevailing” cause.

    Workers’ compensation is not necessarily limited to injuries suffered at your normal workplace. If your job requires you to travel–i.e., make deliveries or conduct on-site work with clients–you may be compensated for injuries sustained in the course of such travel. However, Missouri workers’ compensation law specifically excludes injuries sustained while commuting from home to work and back, even if you use a company-owned car.

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In the event of a workplace injury, securing compensation for lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation, and related expenses requires the expertise of a seasoned workers' compensation attorney.

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