Individuals in Indiana and throughout America who have rotator cuff injuries may be entitled to disability benefits. While there is no specific listing for such an injury, it is generally classified as a potentially severe musculoskeletal impairment. To obtain benefits, an individual must be able to show that he or she experiences chronic pain or stiffness in the shoulder. Those who apply for benefits may also receive compensation if they show that their injuries make it hard to move their hands, elbows or wrists.
A rotator cuff injury itself is caused by damage to tendons and muscles that connect the upper arm to the shoulder blade. In many cases, these injuries are caused by repetitive motion such as throwing a ball or lifting objects throughout the day. Individuals who experience pain or loss of motion for more than a week are encouraged to seek medical attention.
When a person applies for disability benefits, medical records will play a key role in determining whether an examiner approves that person’s application. Medical records may include statements from a doctor, the results of physical therapy or the results of blood or other tests conducted in an effort to treat the problem. If a doctor’s note is included, it must specify how the injury impacts an applicant’s ability to work or otherwise maintain a reasonable quality of life.
Individuals who experience chronic pain or weakness may want to consider filing for federal disability benefits. Doing so may make it possible to pay bills or keep up with other financial obligations while out of work. In some cases, it might be possible to work on a part-time basis while receiving disability benefits. An attorney may be able to help a person submit an initial application or help with the appeal process.