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Rotator Cuff Tear

Following a rotator cuff injury, ongoing health issues may include chronic pain, persistent weakness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder. These symptoms can lead to difficulty in performing daily activities, particularly those involving lifting or overhead motions. If not properly treated, the injury can result in permanent stiffness or loss of function in the shoulder, sometimes leading to a condition known as “frozen shoulder”. Additionally, untreated or recurrent injuries can increase the risk of developing arthritis in the shoulder joint over time, further compounding discomfort and mobility issues.

Rotator cuff tear X-ray

Helpful Information

A rotator cuff tear is a common injury affecting the shoulder, specifically involving the group of muscles and tendons that stabilise and facilitate shoulder joint movements. This injury often results from wear and tear or acute trauma, leading to pain, weakness, and reduced range of motion in the shoulder. Symptoms can include difficulty lifting the arm, discomfort when sleeping on the affected side, and a crackling sensation during movement. Rotator cuff tears can be partial or complete and are more prevalent in older adults and individuals engaging in repetitive overhead activities. Treatment options vary from physical therapy to surgery, depending on severity. In scenarios where there is proof that a negligent third party caused this type of injury, it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation.

What are the most common causes of rotator cuff injuries?

They commonly arise from repetitive overhead motions, which are typical in sports like cricket or tennis, and jobs such as painting or construction. Aging is another significant factor, as the tendons wear down over time, increasing susceptibility to tears. Acute trauma, such as falling onto an outstretched arm or lifting something too heavy, can also cause tears. Poor posture or chronic shoulder instability may exacerbate the risk of injury by placing additional stress on the rotator cuff. Finally, a lack of proper warm-up or strength training can leave the shoulder muscles and tendons vulnerable to injury.

In what scenarios might an employer be liable?

An employer might be liable if the injury occurs due to their negligence or failure to provide a safe working environment. This includes not offering proper training or safety equipment, requiring repetitive overhead tasks without adequate breaks or support, or not addressing reported hazards that lead to an injury. Employers are also responsible for ensuring that the workload and equipment do not inherently risk workers’ health. If the injury can be linked directly to the employer’s lack of care in these areas, they may be held financially responsible for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

How do I bring a compensation claim for this type of injury?

To bring a compensation claim, start by documenting the injury, medical diagnosis, and any related expenses. Report the injury to your employer according to your workplace’s guidelines and consult with a solicitor specialising in personal injury to navigate the legal process and ensure your rights are protected. Your solicitor can help gather evidence that the injury is work-related and negotiate for appropriate compensation covering medical costs, rehabilitation, lost wages, and potential disability benefits if applicable.

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