Are you a federal employee that is susceptible to shoulder injuries? Does your job require heavy-lifting or carrying things on your shoulder? Federal postal workers often have to carry around pounds of letters and packages; some even have to walk long distances each day with pounds strapped to their shoulder. Other federal jobs can require lifting of heavy objects and materials. Due to the activity required for these positions, shoulder injuries can be quite common. Two of the most common federal worker shoulder injuries include:
Rotator Cuff Tear – A rotator cuff is a collection of tendons which attach the shoulder blade to the upper arm bone. Overuse or carrying excessive weight has been known to weaken and even damage the tendons over time.
Diagnosis of a rotator cuff tear includes an MRI and arthrogram, using a special dye your doctor will be able to see how severe the damage to your rotator cuff is.
Treatment may include immobility of the affected arm, medications and in severe cases surgery to repair the damaged tendons.
Labral Tear – The labrum is a piece of fibrocartilage which is attached to the rim of your shoulder socket and helps keep the ball of the shoulder joint in place. Excessive pulling, lifting or pushing can result in a labral tear.
Diagnosis of a labral tear includes inspecting the affected shoulders strength, stability, and range of motion. An MRI may also be used to assess the severity of the damage.
Non-surgical treatment of labral tears includes immobility of the affected arm, physical therapy, and medications. If non-surgical interventions are unsuccessful, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended.
Fortunately for federal employees that have suffered either of these common types of shoulder injuries, federal compensation is available.
Workers’ Compensation for Shoulder Injuries
For your shoulder injury to qualify under FECA, you must be able to prove the injury occurred while performing the duties of your federal job or has occurred as a result of your working conditions. The federal compensation claims process is often very confusing and frustrating; at IFWAA we are proud to offer free case management and strive to simplify the compensation claim process for each of our clients.
Have you suffered a shoulder injury due to your federal employment? Contact IFWAA today to see how our free case management can help you receive the benefits you are entitled to.