Accident Advice Helpline can help with any Carmarthen accident at work compensation claim that you may be considering launching. In the 14 plus years that we’ve been trading and helping people to process their claim, when they’ve been hurt and their employer is accountable, we’ve handled just about every type of injury there is, including rotator cuff injuries.
What the rotator cuff is and what it does
The rotator cuff is a set of muscles and tendons located in and around the shoulder joint. Its job is to facilitate the controlled movement of the shoulder joint which consists of a ball and socket type of joint, connecting the humorous, (the arm bone), to the scapula, (the shoulder blade).
Rotator cuff injury
Rotator cuff injury is a type of repetitive strain disorder whereby the tendons can become inflamed and sometimes frayed. This is often brought about when people employed in manual handling positions repeatedly lift loads above shoulder height. It’s an injury that is known as rotator cuff tendinitis or impingement syndrome.
The common causes of rotator cuff tendinitis
In addition to the repetitive lifting of loads above shoulder height in manual handling occupations, other potential causes of rotator cuff tendinitis include:
- Holding the arm in the same position for long lengths of time, such as when doing computer work or perhaps something like hair styling.
- Playing sports that require the arm to be moved above the shoulder level repeatedly, such as in tennis, bowling in cricket, swimming and weightlifting.
- Working in professions like painting, in particular painting of ceilings and high walls.
The symptoms of rotator cuff injury
- Pain in the shoulder when lifting the arm above shoulder height
- Pain in the shoulder when lowering the arm from shoulder height
The pain is usually experienced at the front of the shoulder, but may also radiate out to the side of the arm. The pain normally terminates above the elbow. If pain is experienced below the elbow and/or in the hand, this could indicate you have a pinched nerve.
In the initial stages pain can be relatively mild and only occurs when the arm is moved in certain directions. However, over time, the pain, can become more chronic and be felt even when the arm is at rest, or at night, especially if you lay on the injured shoulder.
Before launching a Carmarthen accident at work compensation claim
Before deciding whether or not to launch a Carmarthen accident at work compensation claim for a rotator cuff injury, most people like to find out how much compensation they might be awarded. The simplest way to do this is to use the HOW MUCH compensation calculator you’ll found on AAH’s website. It’s very simple and straightforward to use, and will only take approximately 30 seconds of your time.
If you experience any problems or have any concerns, follow Esther Rantzen’s recommendation and chat to one of our experienced advisers via our toll-free helpline. Call 0800 689 0500 from any landline or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.