The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, similar to the hip. Because the shoulder joint is extremely shallow, however, it is inherently unstable and shoulder injuries can occur easily. Inside the shoulder joint is a cuff of cartilage, called the labrum, which forms a cup for the arm bone to move in. The labrum makes the shoulder joint more stable and allows the shoulder to make a wide range of movements, but it is also fairly susceptible to injury, including labral tears.
Symptoms of a labral tear include:
- Pain or aching sensation in the shoulder joint
- Catching of the shoulder with movement
- Pain with specific activities
Treatment options for a labral tear vary depending on the type of tear, but some labral tears can increase the risk of shoulder dislocation so it is important to obtain swift medical treatment for the injury.
Labral tears are often sustained with on the job. In fact, labral tears, fractures, rotator cuff injuries, and impingements are among the most common workplace shoulder injuries. If an employee suffers a labral tear as a result of work-related activities, he or she is generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Depending on the type and severity of your work-related labral tear, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the following workers’ compensation benefits:
- Medical expenses, including doctor visits, follow-up visits, physical therapy, and prescription medications.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, if you are unable to work while recovering.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount.
- In some cases, vocational rehabilitation benefits such on-the-job training, schooling, or job placement assistance.
In some cases, an employer’s insurance company will offer a workers’ compensation settlement for a labral tear injury, which could be offset by previous settlements to the same arm. If an employer fails to provide workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related labral tear injury, the injured employee may choose to file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
The Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on helping injured employees obtain full and fair recovery for labral tears and other work-related injuries. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago workplace accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you pursue a worker’s compensation claim for your work-related labral tear injury.