If your work involves physical labor such as lifting, carrying, or operating heavy machinery, then the fear of workplace injury can be high as it can cost you time away from your job. It is important to know what to expect when facing the aftermath of a workplace injury. If you have been injured at work, make sure you speak to an experienced attorney right away.
What to Expect If Facing Shoulder Surgery
If you have injured your shoulder and require surgery, then it is important to know that many people recover well after surgery and can return to work. The most common shoulder injury that requires repair is a rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuff injuries account for millions of doctor visits yearly. Rotator cuff surgery is commonly done arthroscopically, and full recovery typically takes from four to six months. If you are out of work during this entire time, you can face significant lost wages from work, so it is important to have insurance coverage.
What Type of Compensation is Available for a Shoulder Injury?
If you have injured your shoulder in a workplace lifting accident, then workers’ compensation is available. All California employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Workers’ compensation insurance coverage covers two main areas: medical benefits and disability pay. Medical benefits cover direct medical costs such as rotator cuff surgery and recovery treatment and rehabilitation. Disability pay covers a workplace injury victim when their injury requires a hospital visit or causes more than three days of absence from work. Disability pay compensates an injured employee at 2/3 of their normal pay. Rotator cuff surgery will likely require disability pay.
Southern California Personal Injury Help is Here
If you are injured at work in or around Tarzana, Encino, or another neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, the Accident Defenders are here. We help clients across Southern California get compensated for their personal injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (323) 591-2829 or contact us online.