Maryland Shoulder Injury Compensation Payouts (2024)

This page is for personal injury victims and accident lawyers who want to better understand shoulder injury cases’ trial and settlement value.

Our shoulder injury lawyers do this by looking at average settlement payout statistics and verdict and settlement payouts data from other shoulder injury cases. We also provide our attorneys’ real-life experience handling these claims to put this data in the proper context.

Our focus is Maryland personal injury claims. But the logic applies to shoulder injury claims in any state.

How the Science of Shoulder Injuries Impacts Settlement Amounts

Before we get into settlement value, let’s talk briefly about the science of traumatic shoulder injuries. To understand a shoulder injury claim in full context, you must understand the shoulder. The shoulder heals poorly, and this impacts settlement value. Too many insurance companies and accident attorneys in Maryland fail to appreciate this.

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The part of the shoulder affected by pain pumps is the glenohumeral joint, also known as the shoulder joint, which joins the glenoid (the socket of the shoulder) with the humerus (the ball of the upper arm bone).

The cartilage of the shoulder joint is the labrum. The labrum is the disc of cartilage that lines the glenoid. It stabilizes the joint and limits excessive movement of the humerus. Additionally, it keeps the glenoid and the humerus together.

Many different types of injuries can require arthroscopic shoulder surgery, where a surgeon repairs the shoulder by making several small incisions in the joint to insert a camera and tools.

For example, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and impingement syndrome may all be treated arthroscopically. Approximately four million patients in the United States seek medical attention each year for shoulder injuries. Shoulder arthroscopy is performed on 1.4 million people annually.

Shoulder Injuries Heal Poorly, Which Impacts Settlement Payouts

Many things about shoulder injuries are unique and impact the appropriate compensation payout for victims.

Let’s start with the joint itself. The shoulder joint is the least constrained joint in our bodies. For example, your hip joint fits concentrically into a socket. The mobile shoulder joint does not concentrically fit. The socket is flat, and the ball is round.

What does this mean? The shoulder joint really needs functional soft tissues around it – the rotator cuff, the labrum, the capsule, and so forth – to provide stability to the shoulder joints. What this means is that normal shoulder functionality requires a lot of moving parts to work well together.

The other important thing to understand about the shoulder when it comes to putting a settlement value on these injuries is that tendons, ligaments, and tendons in the shoulder are poorly vascularized. This means the shoulder does not get sufficient blood supply. This impedes the healing process. The result is often poor and incomplete healing after a motor vehicle crash. A soft tissue shoulder injury usually heals with no scarring or last injury.

These challenges in healing a shoulder injury often result in progressive deterioration of the shoulder over time, which can lead to future shoulder arthroplasty that may or may not be successful. Frozen shoulder is also a common secondary complication from car crashes.

These complications and future challenges need to be baked into the settlement calculus. They often are not if you do not have a personal injury lawyer to hold the defendant’s feet to the fire.

Finally, serious shoulder injuries are challenging to diagnose. Injuries like, for example, a tear of the cartilaginous labrum of the joint are often difficult to see on an MRI. So are cartilage defects. Defense lawyers like to pretend things that because something cannot be fully seen with radiographic testing, it does not exist.

As plaintiffs’ shoulder injury lawyers, it is our job to solve this problem by making these injuries come to life with the insurance company and, if necessary, a jury.

Settlement Value of Shoulder Injuries

Victims know that their attorney is not going to help them heal. Our job is to get as much money for our clients as possible. Clearly, permanent shoulder injuries will have a greater settlement value than injuries that fully resolve. Higher-energy or high-level cases where vehicle property damage is high will also drive settlement value.

The average shoulder injury verdict approaches $100,000. Shoulder injury cases often settle for much less. Insurance companies and even car accident attorneys habitually undervalue these cases. Why? Because they do consider challenges that are specific to shoulder injuries.

One injury that is often a battlefield is a torn labrum. A labral tear is more commonly seen in workers’ compensation cases from repetitive stress. But a labrum tear can also occur from car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. Our shoulder injury lawyers in Baltimore are more likely to need to file suit in accident cases like this.

  • This page focuses specifically on the settlement value of rotator cuff shoulder injury cases
  • Settlement amounts for arm injury cases

Sample Verdicts and Settlements in Maryland Shoulder Damage Cases

Below are verdicts and settlements in selected Maryland shoulder injury cases. Most of these are car, truck, or motorcycle accident cases that comprise the vast majority of these claims in Maryland (because the bar is higher to climb in premises liability cases, particularly under Maryland law).

These case outcomes are instructive in helping you understand the value of these claims. But they are just one tool of many and, used alone, are not predictive of the value of an individual case.

All of these verdict payouts and settlement compensation amounts are lump sum payments. Worker’s comp is often very different.

  • 2022, Maryland: $111,860 Verdict: The plaintiff was driving an MTA bus when the defendant made a left turn in front of the bus and struck the front passenger side. The plaintiff claimed she sustained a right shoulder injury that required surgical intervention, headaches, and unspecified neck and back injuries. The verdict included $27,940 for past medical expenses, $58,920 for past lost wages (which seems very high), and $25,000 for pain and suffering damages.
  • 2022, Maryland: $40,000 Verdict:The plaintiff was stopped in traffic for a red light when a vehicle operated by the defendant collided with the rear of his vehicle and pushed it up against the vehicle in front of him. The plaintiff allegedly suffered a sprained shoulder, but his primary injury was lumbar disc herniation. He also claimed back sprains and headaches. The $40,000 award was all pain and suffering and included no medical expenses. Only a fraction of this was probably for the shoulder sprain.
  • 2021, Maryland: $78,471 Verdict: A 53-year-old male reportedly suffered right shoulder tears, requiring surgery and physical therapy, as well as injuries to his cervical and thoracic spine, when, while stopped at a red light, his vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by the defendant. The award included $35,000 for pain and suffering and $43,471 for medical expenses.
  • 2020, Maryland: $310,505 Verdict: A 50-year-old woman is struck in the Arundel Mills Mall parking lot. She experiences significant neck and shoulder pain. Four months earlier, she had undergone a multi-level cervical fusion. Her imaging studies reveal slight spinal changes. The woman receives chiropractic and physical therapy. Still, she claims permanent neck and shoulder pain. She testified that the collision prevented a full surgical recovery. She settled with the liability insurer for $30,000 but continued with an underinsured motorist claim against Allstate. A Prince George’s County jury saw the case her way and gave her a $310,505 payout.
  • 2019, Maryland: $220,000 Settlement: Our client is hit when the defendant’s vehicle attempts to make a U-turn in front of his motorcycle. He drives himself to a Baltimore-area hospital. After a few weeks of therapy, his doctor recommends an arthroscopy that includes a rotator cuff repair, subacromial decompression, and biceps tenodesis (tendon repair). The defendant offers $98,000 to settle the case. Our law firm files suit and the offer ultimately increases to $220,000. The defendant’s policy was $250,000.
  • 2019, Maryland $86,633 Verdict: A 78-year-old pedestrian was struck at a Baltimore intersection. She tore her left rotator cuff and biceps tendon. The woman also had her pre-existing back condition aggravated. She underwent physical therapy and painkilling injections. The woman also took pain medications. Her physicians testified that she reached her maximum medical improvement. The woman alleged that the driver’s failure to yield to a pedestrian caused her permanent injuries. A Baltimore City jury awarded $86,633.
  • 2019, Maryland: $120,429 Verdict: A 73-year-old man was rear-ended. He suffered a concussion and soft-tissue left shoulder, neck, and right rib injuries. The man also experienced the aggravation of his pre-existing degenerative lumbar condition. He has physical therapy and steroid injections. The man’s soft-tissue symptoms resolved, but not his lower back ones. His treating physiatrist testified that his injuries were permanent, collision-related, and required future surgeries. The man alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused them. The defense contested this allegation. They argued that the man’s injuries were pre-existing and degenerative. The Montgomery County jury ruled in the man’s favor and awarded $120,429. (This case seems to be only partially related to the shoulder.)
  • 2016, Maryland: $250,000 Settlement: Our client stops in heavy traffic on Route 97 in Glen Burnie and is hit from behind by a driver who is not paying attention. She has shoulder surgery and, thankfully, makes a remarkable recovery. GEICO offered its $50,000 limits, and Erie paid $200,000 in uninsured motorist coverage.
  • 2014, Maryland: $315,000 Settlement. Our client was a passenger in a taxi cab that veered off the road and crashed into a ditch. An MRI revealed four torn tendons and “massive” damage to his cuff. He underwent surgery to correct the damage and was ordered to wear a protective sling for 6-8 weeks following surgery. Miller & Zois handled this case.Maryland Shoulder Injury Compensation Payouts (2)
  • 2013, Maryland: $33,000 Verdict. A 56 year-old-woman is forced off the road when the defendant exits a parking lot in front of her vehicle. The plaintiff slams into a pole and totals her car. Her rotator cuff is torn during the accident. The shoulder needs surgery, but the plaintiff cannot afford it due to a lack of insurance. State Farm admits that its insured driver caused the accident but claims that the shoulder injury pre-existed the accident. The Montgomery County court awards the plaintiff a lump sum of $33,000.
  • 2013, Maryland: $93,612 Verdict. A motorcyclist in Baltimore County sustains a partial thickness rotator cuff tear that results in permanent injury. The defendant changed lanes abruptly, and the plaintiff runs into the back of the vehicle. Plaintiff additionally suffers abrasions to his lower body and unspecific injuries to his neck and back. The driver claims a phantom vehicle cut him off, causing the swerving maneuver. A Towson jury awards the plaintiff $93,612 for his injuries.Maryland Shoulder Injury Compensation Payouts (3)
  • 2012, Maryland: $335,639 Verdict. A 50-year-old couple is injured when a construction site adjacent to their home collapses. The husband suffers a torn rotator cuff that requires surgery and eighteen months out of work. The wife receives severe lacerations around her eye that cause permanent disfiguration. The defendant had been attempting to construct a home for the past several years, and his negligent building skills resulted in the collapse. The Calvert County jury awards $335,630 when the defendant improperly answers the complaint and fails to appear at trial.
  • 2012, Maryland: $43,481 Verdict. Defendant driver swerves across two lanes of traffic into the opposing road and runs head-on into the plaintiff. The plaintiff receives a rotator cuff tear that requires decompression and debridement surgery. Additionally, the plaintiff suffers cervicothoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbosacral spine strains. The defendant disputes the necessity of the medical treatment and the causation of the injuries, but a Prince Frederick jury awards $43,481 in relief.
  • 2012, Maryland: $72,162 Verdict. A 45 year-old-woman in stop-and-go traffic is sandwiched between the two defendants in an auto collision. The plaintiff sustains a painful rotator cuff injury. An Annapolis jury determines that the back defendant was the driver at fault, and the front defendant settles a separate injury claim for an undisclosed amount.
  • 2012, Maryland: $ 58,000. A man in his 60s receives bilateral shoulder injuries when the defendant driver turns into his lane while attempting a left turn. Defendant argues that the injuries were degenerative and predated the accident. An Ellicott City jury, however, determines one of the shoulder injuries related to the crash and awards $58,000.
  • 2012, Maryland: $10,000. A woman sustains a cervical strain, cervical radiculopathy, and a shoulder rotator cuff tear when the defendant driver crashes into the woman’s vehicle. The defendant admits liability for the collision but denies the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. A Baltimore County jury finds for the plaintiff but awards only $10,000. Clearly, they did not buy the plaintiff’s case. This same case in Baltimore City might have a very different result. Baltimore County jurors are more skeptical than Baltimore City jurors. This was true in 2012 and it is true today.Maryland Shoulder Injury Compensation Payouts (4)
  • 2012, Maryland: $5,000 Verdict. A woman is completely stopped at an intersection when the defendant driver struck her vehicle after colliding with another non-party vehicle. Plaintiff receives a torn rotator cuff in her dominant arm and requires several months of therapy and pain treatment. Eventually, Plaintiff has surgery to repair the shoulder damage. Defendant argues that the shoulder injury came from a prior condition, and she did not experience enough pain to have torn her rotator cuff. An Upper Marlboro jury originally awards $3,826, but the payout amount is raised to $5,000 due to a high/low agreement.

What Is the Average Settlement or Verdict in a Shoulder Injury?

The average value of a shoulder injury case is about $93,556. There are no statistics on the average settlement for a shoulder surgery lawsuit but, based on our history, our lawyers would expect the average settlement in Maryland for a surgery case to be more than $100,000.

What Is the Average Settlement or Verdict for a Rotator Cuff Injury?

The average rotator cuff award nationally is about $70,000.

Is There a Formula or Calculator for the Value of My Shoulder Injury Case?

The value of your shoulder case is generally calculated by adding up your past and future lost wages and medical bills plus your pain and suffering.

How much is your pain and suffering worth? That is the hard part. There are so many variables that go into a pain and suffering award that it is difficult to estimate without really understanding the case and the medical records, the jurisdiction, and the impact the injury had on the victim’s life.

What Is the Average Maryland Workers Comp Shoulder Injury Settlement?

The amount of a workers compensation settlement depends on the jurisdiction. Generally speaking, the value of an on-the-job shoulder injury will be less than the value of a third-party tort claim against a non-employer defendant. This generalization is true whether you are paid over time or whether you receive a lump sum payment.

Getting Help for Your Shoulder Injury Claim

If you have suffered a shoulder injury in an automobile or truck accident in the Baltimore-Washington area and want to bring a claim, call one of our Maryland shoulder injury lawyers at 800-553-8082 or get a free no-obligation Internet consultation. Our attorneys have handled scores of these lawsuits. We can help you maximize the value of your case.

Maryland Shoulder Injury Compensation Payouts (2024)


How much should I settle for a shoulder injury? ›

The most severe shoulder injuries may have a typical settlement payout in the range of $150,0000 to $300,000 or more.

How long does it take to settle a shoulder injury case? ›

Settlement Timeline for Car accident shoulder injuries

In general, the settlement process can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The timeline can depend on several factors such as the extent of the injury, the length of the recovery process, and the negotiations between the parties involved.

What is the average settlement for a labrum tear? ›

What are the average settlement amounts for labral tear injuries? While the value can fluctuate depending on your own case, the average settlement value for labral tear injuries tend to be between $75,000 to $200,000.

How much can I get for a soft tissue injury? ›

For example, an ankle sprain can result in $15,000, or $20,000 for soft tissue injuries in your shoulder, or $2,500-$10,000 for whiplash, and as much as $100,000-350,000 for a herniated disc injury settlement.

What percent disability is shoulder pain? ›

The minimum permanent rating for a shoulder replacement is 30 percent for a dominant arm and 20 percent for a non-dominant arm, but you could get a rating as high as 50 or 60 percent, depending on your condition.

How long does it take to recover from a severe shoulder injury? ›

Usually, mild rotator cuff tears or sprains will heal within four weeks. In other severe cases, the recovery might take 4 to 6 months or even longer based on several factors such as the severity of the tear, age, and other health complications.

What is a serious shoulder injury? ›

The most common cause of severe weakness in the shoulder after a fall or injury is a massive rotator cuff tear. That is usually a tear that involves at least two of the four rotator cuff tendons. Weakness after a fall is more commonly seen in people over 40.

How long do most workers comp settlements take? ›

How Long Does It Take to Reach a Settlement for Workers' Comp? The entire settlement process—from filing your claim to having the money in your hands—can take around 12-18 months depending on the details of your case and whether or not you have legal representation.

How long does compensation take to pay out? ›

After your claim has settled you should receive your compensation between 14 – 21 days. This depends on if your claim was settled in or out of court.

What grade is a shoulder labrum tear? ›

Type 1 tears are often seen in people who are middle-aged or older. Type 2: This is the most common SLAP tear type. In Type 2 tears, the labrum and bicep tendon are torn from the shoulder socket. Type 3: Torn labrum tissue is caught in the shoulder joint.

How bad of an injury is a torn labrum? ›

If the labrum is frayed, usually no treatment is necessary since it doesn't usually cause symptoms. However, if there is a large tear of the labrum, the torn part should either be cut out and trimmed, or it should be repaired.

Is a torn labrum a serious injury? ›

This allows for the shoulder to move. When an injury tears the labrum, it can produce a serious injury that requires surgery to repair.

What are 3 common soft tissue injuries? ›

Sprains, strains, and contusions, as well as tendinitis and bursitis, are common soft-tissue injuries. Even with appropriate treatment, these injuries may require a prolonged amount of time to heal.

What is the most severe soft tissue injury? ›

Grade 3 (Severe): These soft tissue injuries involve full or complete tears, which require a significantly longer recovery time. Individuals often find they can't use the joint or muscle area at all following the injury.

What is considered a hard tissue injury? ›

Injuries can also be classified as soft tissue or hard tissue injuries. Hard tissue injuries are bone injuries. Soft tissue injuries involve damage to skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments or cartilage.

Can a shoulder injury cause permanent disability? ›


If they are torn, this leads to pain, weakness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms associated with rotator cuff tears, as they can cause long term disability if left untreated.

What is the best shoulder pain diagnosis? ›

Specific tests for shoulder pain include the Neer test, used to look for a type of rotator cuff injury called impingement. Speed's test is used to check for biceps tendonitis. Other tests are meant to check for shoulder instability and dislocation.

What is considered chronic shoulder pain? ›

Shoulder pain is defined as chronic when it has been present for longer than six months. Common conditions that can result in chronic shoulder pain include rotator cuff disorders, adhesive capsulitis, shoulder instability, and shoulder arthritis.

What is the most painful injury to a shoulder? ›

Frozen shoulder is one of the most painful shoulder conditions due to its persistence, long recovery and ever-growing pain. In early stages of development, pain is at its height, but slowly minimizes through each of its three phases.

How long is too long for shoulder pain? ›

See a GP if:

shoulder pain is getting worse or does not improve after 2 weeks. it's very difficult to move your arm or shoulder.

What are the long term effects of shoulder injury? ›

Untreated chronic inflammation due to a partially torn rotator cuff tendon could lead to a full-thickness tear and eventually progress to shoulder arthritis at which point you may not be able to raise your arm overhead due to shoulder weakness and pain.

What is a Grade 3 shoulder injury? ›

Grade 3—Involves tearing of the joint covering (capsule) and ligaments connecting the shoulder blade (scapula) and collar bone (clavicle). Causes a mild to moderate permanent bump over the top of the shoulder at the AC joint. Pain typically lasts 4-8 weeks. Surgery is usually not required.

Do shoulder injuries ever fully heal? ›

Shoulder injuries are highly treatable if addressed early.

Often these injuries can be resolved without surgery. The goals for most shoulder injuries are to decrease inflammation, alleviate pain, strengthen muscles and improve range of motion.

How do I know if my shoulder injury is severe? ›

These are some symptoms of shoulder pain that may indicate a more serious problem, and an orthopedic surgeon in Manhattan should be consulted if: You can't move your shoulder over your head or perform any normal movement. Your shoulder feels like it is not in its socket. Your shoulder joint doesn't visibly look right.

What is the highest paid workers comp settlement? ›

To date, the largest settlement payment in a workers' comp case came in March of 2017, with a $10 million settlement agreement.

What is the highest workers comp settlement? ›

1. $13.2 million workers comp settlement for ironworker struck by a car (California)

What is a stipulated award? ›

In the workers' compensation setting, a stipulated award is an agreement between the injured worker and the employer's insurance company regarding liability and what benefits are due to the worker. It bypasses the need for a hearing.

How long does it take insurance to make an offer? ›

Typically, it can take anywhere from one to two weeks for the insurance company to respond to your demand letter. Then it can take anywhere from weeks to months until you reach a settlement that you will accept. Some people accept the first or second offer, while others may accept the third or fourth counteroffer.

How long does compensation negotiation take? ›

The average settlement negotiation takes one to three months once all relevant variables are presented. However, some settlements can take much longer to resolve. By partnering with skilled legal counsel, you can speed up the negotiation process and secure compensation faster.

What happens after claim is settled? ›

After a case is settled, meaning that the case did not go to trial, the attorneys receive the settlement funds, prepare a final closing statement, and give the money to their clients. Once the attorney gets the settlement check, the clients will also receive their balance check.

How much is a labrum injury worth? ›

Depending on the severity of your injury, a torn labrum can settlement amount can be anywhere between several thousand to up to a hundred thousand dollars. Some of the damages that will be factored in to your settlement amount include: Medical bills. Rehabilitation.

Which is worse labral tear or rotator cuff? ›

Pain levels can differ in rotator cuff vs.

SLAP tears. A rotator cuff injury often leads to excruciating pain, especially at night. This pain can restrict daily activities such as reaching above the head and holding heavy objects. On the other hand, a SLAP tear can lead to dull, consistent pain and a weakened shoulder.

Is a labrum tear career ending? ›

It has been called "The Career Ender," "Baseball's Toughest Injury," and "A Pitcher's Death Sentence." When a major league pitcher finds out he will need labrum surgery, he knows the road to recovery will be a challenge.

Can you make a shoulder labrum tear worse? ›

But labrum tears are another cause of shoulder pain, and without prompt medical treatment, your symptoms and your injury can become much worse.

Can you work with labral tear? ›

Your surgeon will refer you to a physical therapist to start exercising your hip to restore your range of motion and strengthen the joint. If your job is in a low-activity environment, such as an office job, you may be able to return to work in one to two weeks after your hip labral tear surgery.

How long will I be out of work after labrum surgery? ›

You may be able to do easier daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks. Most people who work at desk jobs can go back to work at this time. If you lift, push, or pull at work, you will probably need 3 to 4 months off. Most people can start activities with low risk of shoulder injury in about 3 months.

How painful is a torn labrum shoulder? ›

A dull throbbing ache in the shoulder joint. Difficulty sleeping due to shoulder discomfort. "Catching" of the shoulder joint with movement. Pain with specific activities.

Will an MRI show a shoulder labral tear? ›

To rule out a labral tear, an MRI arthrogram needs to be ordered, not an MRI with contrast.

How do you know if you have Grade 3 soft tissue injury? ›

Grade 3: A Grade 3 injury is the most serious. It involves a total rupture of the soft tissue. There is considerably more swelling than Grade 1 or Grade 2 injuries along with a significant amount of instability in the affected joint structure. Inability to use the injured limb is a clear indication of a Grade 3 injury.

What is a Grade 4 injury? ›

Grade 4 injuries are complete tears to either the muscle (grade 4) or tendon (grade 4c). The athlete will experience sudden onset pain and significant and immediate limitation to activity.

How painful is soft tissue damage? ›

When soft tissue is damaged, there is usually immediate pain along with immediate or delayed swelling (excessive swelling can slow the healing process – see treatment below). Stiffness is also very common as a result of the trauma and swelling. Bruising may also develop after 24-48 hours.

What is permanent soft tissue damage? ›

Soft tissue injuries that cause permanent damage can leave scars or cause disfigurement. In some cases, accident victims lose muscle function from damage to tendons or ligaments. This long-term damage has unpleasant long-term consequences.

What kind of doctor treats soft tissue injuries? ›

Soft Tissue Repair

Overuse of muscles, tendons, and ligaments – or a trauma to one or all three – can result in a soft tissue injury and should be treated by an orthopedic surgeon.

How are soft tissue injuries graded? ›

Grade 1: Usually mild and involves up to 10 per cent of the muscle or ligament. Usually recovery will take a few days. Grade 2: These are moderate tears involving 10-90 percent of the structure and will take several weeks to repair. Grade 3: Tears are severe and indicate complete rupture of that muscle or ligament.

How much can you get for a soft tissue injury? ›

For example, an ankle sprain can result in $15,000, or $20,000 for soft tissue injuries in your shoulder, or $2,500-$10,000 for whiplash, and as much as $100,000-350,000 for a herniated disc injury settlement.

What are the signs of deep tissue injury? ›

How to Recognize a Deep Tissue Injury (DTI)
  • localized area of maroon or purplish discoloration of intact skin OR a blood-filled blister that forms due to shear and/or pressure.
  • prior to the identification of the discolored area, the skin may feel boggy, firm, mushy, painful, cooler or warmer than the surrounding skin.
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What is the most common hard tissue injury? ›

Hard tissue injuries include fractures, dislocations and loss of teeth. That is, any injury to the skeletal system. A fracture is the technical term for a broken bone and there are various types of fracture with various degrees of complication. The other main hard tissue injury is a dislocation.

Should I work through a shoulder injury? ›

Although often painful, it is essential that you work to restore the movement and strength in your shoulder. You will also need to restore your previous levels of tissue stress tolerance. Tissue stress tolerance is the level of physical stress that your biological tissue can handle.

How do I know how serious my shoulder injury is? ›

These are some symptoms of shoulder pain that may indicate a more serious problem, and an orthopedic surgeon in Manhattan should be consulted if: You can't move your shoulder over your head or perform any normal movement. Your shoulder feels like it is not in its socket. Your shoulder joint doesn't visibly look right.

Is a shoulder injury a disability? ›

Many workers who suffer from shoulder problems are eligible for SSD benefits. For the Social Security Administration (SSA) to consider a shoulder issue a disability, sufferers must show that their condition is severe enough to prevent them from working full-time for at least twelve months.

What is the fastest way to recover from shoulder injury? ›

Home Care
  1. Put ice on the shoulder area for 15 minutes, then leave it off for 15 minutes. Do this 3 to 4 times a day for 2 to 3 days. ...
  2. Rest your shoulder for the next few days.
  3. Slowly return to your regular activities. ...
  4. Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) may help reduce inflammation and pain.

Can I still work with a torn rotator cuff? ›

Some workers with torn rotator cuffs have jobs that do not require much physical exertion. Physical therapy exercises may be enough for these workers to manage their symptoms and continue working.

What happens if you keep working with a torn rotator cuff? ›

If you have a rotator cuff tear and keep using it despite increasing pain, you may cause further damage. A rotator cuff tear can get larger over time. Chronic shoulder and arm pain are good reasons to see your doctor. Early treatment can prevent your symptoms from getting worse.

Can I return to work with a torn rotator cuff? ›

It is important that you take enough time off of work as you can in the beginning of your recovery. On average, Dr. Millstein recommends taking at least 1 week off of work after your rotator cuff repair procedure.

What are 3 common shoulder injuries? ›

Common Injuries of the Shoulder
  • Shoulder instability. Shoulder instability happens most often in young people and athletes. ...
  • Rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles of the upper arm. ...
  • Frozen shoulder. This extreme stiffness in the shoulder can happen at any age. ...
  • Overuse/strains. ...
  • Arthritis.

What are 2 warning signs of a rotator cuff tear? ›

Signs of a rotator cuff tear include:
  • Difficulty and pain caused by raising your arm.
  • Popping or clicking sounds or sensations when moving your arm.
  • Shoulder pain that worsens at night or when resting your arm.
  • Shoulder weakness and struggling to lift items.
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What is the most common shoulder injury? ›

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common types of shoulder injuries. Rotator cuff tears are most common in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions.

Can you have a permanent shoulder injury? ›

Without treatment, rotator cuff problems may lead to permanent loss of motion or weakness of the shoulder joint.

How hard is it to get disability for a shoulder injury? ›

It can be hard to be approved for benefits with shoulder pain, because the SSA can't verify how much pain you're in. You need to provide medical evidence of a condition affecting the shoulder that is causing restriction of movement and pain.

What percentage disability is rotator cuff? ›

Rotator cuff surgery is rated based on the severity of the pain and the thickness of the rotator cuff tear. Most often, VA rates this condition as 10 or 20 percent disabling.

What is the best painkiller for shoulder pain? ›

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can relieve shoulder pain by reducing inflammation in the shoulder joint. Ibuprofen and naproxen are two NSAIDs doctors commonly recommend.


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