Common Causes of a Shoulder Injury at Work

For many Iowa workers, your job might require a lot of motion, exertion, and energy. Unfortunately, in doing your job, repetitive motion and overexertion commonly cause a shoulder injury at work. Fortunately, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your shoulder injury at work. The right workers' compensation lawyer can help you understand what caused your injury and where to go from there. Depending on your situation, the cause will help your lawyer know what types of evidence to collect, which can put to rest any doubt the insurance provider might have. Short reporting and filing deadlines apply, however, so it's important to talk to a lawyer early in the process. 

Common Causes of a Shoulder Injury at Work

A shoulder injury at work can happen to anyone at anytime. That said, overexertion, hard falls, and machinery are common causes of shoulder injuries at work.


In jobs that require moving heavy objects, overexerting yourself is a serious concern. It's easy to underestimate the weight of a large box or trying to stop a stack of boxes from falling.  For example, you might have been stacking things, and they began to fall. To prevent injuries or damage, you tried to catch them, straining your shoulder in the process. This can be a painful injury, and it can make it tough to work. Your shoulder may need rest to repair the damage to your muscles and surrounding tendons. Because of this, you might need work comp benefits to recover over time.

A Hard Fall

When we think of a fall, we often don't think about the damage it can do. Many of us have slipped and fallen and earned little more than a bruised ego. Unfortunately, falling the wrong way can leave you seriously injured. If you landed wrong on your shoulder, for example, the damage can be serious. The trauma of hitting the floor or ground can damage your shoulder, even breaking the bones. That can require physical therapy, setting the bone, and even surgery in severe cases.


A repetitive motion injury can come by making the same motion over and over, and that's what we usually think about when talking about these injuries. However, working with heavy machinery can also damage your shoulder. Some heavy machinery might cause steady, constant vibrations, which can damage the shoulder over time. With these injuries, you might have noticed, after a few years on the job, that your shoulder aches after using these machines. Unfortunately, some Iowa workers may not realize that these machines are damaging their shoulders over time. By then, the damage has already been done.

Contact an Attorney About Receiving Compensation for Your Shoulder Injury at Work

If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury, going back to work for weeks or even months might be impossible. You'll need to contact your employer about your benefits, but you might be concerned about how to get them. First, you’ll need to determine what caused the shoulder injury to file your claim. Although there are several common causes of on-the-job shoulder injuries, your workers' compensation attorney can help you maximize your recovery for your injury. At Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, we can help you gather evidence about what caused your injury. From there, we'll help you report your injury, negotiate your benefits, and appeal a denial, if necessary. We will also help you gather the appropriate workers' compensation medical records. Get help for your shoulder injury by starting with a free claim consult before you agree to or sign anything. To get started, reach out by calling 866-753-4692 or by completing the online form below.

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For the past 15 years Mr. Pothitakis has focused his practice on Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases. The firm has two locations, one being in Burlington, Iowa and the other in Keokuk, Iowa. Mr. Pothitakis works with many area unions and employee organizations to provide advice, assistance, and guidance as it relates to employment issues. Mr. Pothitakis provides free consultations to those with legal questions in the firm's areas of practice. In this initial meeting or conference potential clients are provided advice on their need for assistance and how they need to proceed.