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Rotator Cuff Injuries

A rotator cuff injury occurs when the group of muscles and tendons (around the shoulder) tear and stretch, which may result in pain and arm weakness. Generally, a rotator cuff injury occurs because of repetitive motion that develops over a period of time, and such motions include repetitive overhead motions or lifting heavy, causing degeneration of the rotator cuff.

Under Iowa law, a number of benefits are covered by workers’ compensation, including full medical benefits, which will be paid for any work-related injury. Additionally, an employee who suffers a rotator cuff injury is likely eligible for disability benefits.

Iowa Rotator Cuff Injuries Attorney

Our skilled personal injury attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. understand the pain and suffering an individual can experience after an accident, especially if they have sustained serious injuries. If you have sustained rotator cuff injuries, we can advocate on your behalf to ensure the negligent party is held liable.

Call (515) 279-9700 to have one of our lawyers at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. carefully evaluate your case and fight for you to receive maximum compensation. McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. has offices in West Des Moines but accepts clients throughout the greater Polk County and Dallas County area.

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Workers’ Compensation

Rotator cuff injury is usually sustained at work because it generally requires repetitive motion. As a result, it is generally an injury suffered by warehouse and construction workers who use the same motion repeatedly in their line of work. Almost all employers are required to obtain workers’ compensation insurance which covers the cost of any injuries sustained at work. Workers’ compensation insurance allows companies not to have to pay the damages “out-of-pocket.” However, if the employer was negligent, they may be sued for additional expenses, more than what workers’ compensation covers. A personal injury attorney should be contacted as soon as possible after the injury is sustained to determine whether the company can be sued individually.

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Disability Benefits

Workers’ compensation provides temporary total disability benefits. The amount employees can receive while on temporary total disability is two-thirds of their previous average weekly earnings. If the individual makes $1,000 per week on average, they will receive approximately $666.67 per week from workers’ compensation.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

Sometimes an individual can go back to work after suffering an injury at work; however, that does not always mean the person can go back to their previous work level. Therefore, if someone can return to work but is still participating in vocational rehabilitation, they may receive up to $100 per week for a maximum of 13 weeks. In some situations, the number of weeks that vocational rehabilitation benefits are received may be extended.

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Statute Of Limitations Concerning A Rotator Cuff Injury Case

Generally, a workers’ compensation claim must be filed within 90 days of sustained injury; this means that if the claim is not filed within 90 days, it will likely be dismissed. However, in some situations, the statute of limitations will be extended if the injured party does not know they were injured or who caused the injury. For example, if someone was injured and did not reasonably realize that it was work-related until six months after the injury was sustained, the plaintiff may have more than 90 days to file a claim.

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Additional Resources

Department of Administrative Services: This website provides more information concerning workers’ compensation benefits, such as medical and disability benefits.

Environmental Health and Safety: This website provides more information concerning work-related illnesses and injuries that occur in Iowa.

Iowa Workforce Development: This spreadsheet provides the rates for injuries that may be sustained and the benefits that workers’ compensation will pay.

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West Des Moines Rotator Cuff Injuries Attorney | Polk County, Iowa

If you have suffered rotator cuff injuries in West Des Moines, hire a law firm you can trust to help you with your legal claim. The attorneys McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. have decades of experience under his belt they can utilize for your case.

You must act fast if you plan to submit a personal injury claim since Iowa has certain time frames for filing personal injuries. Call (515) 279-9700 to submit a free consultation today.

McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. has offices in West Des Moines but accepts clients throughout the greater Polk County and Dallas County area.

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