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When should you see a doctor for a shoulder injury?

Shoulder injuries are fairly common throughout many industries. Whether you work in a factory and lift items or end up involved in an accident on the job that impacts your shoulder, you could find that you need to seek medical treatment.

When your shoulder injury occurs as a result of your time on the job, it's essential that you look into workers' compensation. When you're hurt while working, that insurance coverage is supposed to be there to provide for you. Your employer should be willing to talk to you about seeing a doctor for your injury as well as helping you file a claim for workers' compensation coverage.

If you receive workers' compensation, some of the benefits you should see include:

  • Medical expense benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation (if needed)
  • A portion of your wages paid to you directly (lost wages)

There may be other benefits as well, depending on your circumstances.

What are some signs of a shoulder injury that needs medical attention?

You should see a doctor if your shoulder is:

  • Swelling
  • Red
  • Tender and warm around the joint
  • Appears deformed
  • Causes intense pain
  • Suddenly swells
  • Is unable to be moved at the joint

All of these symptoms could be a sign of a significant injury or overuse, both of which should be examined by a medical provider.

When you file for workers' compensation, you may be surprised by a denial. If that happens, remember that you do have a right to appeal that denial and to take an opportunity to submit more information to seek fair workers' compensation coverage.

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