A scapula strain is any damage to the muscles or tendon attached to bone in the scapular area of the shoulder, which is also known as the shoulder blade. Scapula strains are rather common and are usually the result of excessive physical activity. Scapula strains and other shoulder injuries often occur in jobs that require manual lifting and the operation of heavy machinery, such as factory/warehouse jobs and shipping jobs.
Scapula strains can cause radiating pain from the back of the shoulder that may considerably restrict shoulder movement. Scapula strains and other shoulder injuries are usually diagnosed by an x-ray or MRI scan of the shoulder blade. Treatment usually includes adequate rest and the avoidance of physical activities, which may prevent a worker with a scapula strain from working during the recovery process.
If this is the case, the injured worker may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the type and severity of your work-related scapula strain or shoulder injury, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the following worker’s 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.
The Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on helping injured employees obtain full and fair recovery for scapula strains 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 workers’ compensation claim for your work-related scapula strain.