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Causes of On-the-Job Shoulder Injuries

June 21, 2019By Niko Pothitakis

For many Iowa workers, your job might require a lot of motion, exertion, and energy. Unfortunately, in doing your job, that could mean suffering a serious injury in the process. Now, you’re suffering from serious shoulder pain and you’re not sure where to start.

Fortunately, the right workers comp 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.

When you need workers comp benefits for your pain, don’t hesitate to act. We’ll help you get the full benefits you need for your suffering.


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.

Your Machinery

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 Your Shoulder Injury

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 in order to file your claim.

Although there are several common causes of on-the-job shoulder injuries, your lawyer can help. 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.

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 319-754-6400 or by completing the online form below.