Workers Comp Rotator Cuff Settlement

Attorney John Sheehan recently settled a workers comp case for $175,000 on behalf of a Massachusetts employee who injured both shoulders and elbow in a tractor trailer roll-over accident.

The employee sustained rotator cuff tears in both shoulders and injured his elbow as a result of the truck roll-over accident.  According to the National Institutes for Health (NIH),

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach to the bones of the shoulder joint, allowing the shoulder to move and keeping it stable.

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis refers to irritation of these tendons and inflammation of the bursa (a normally smooth layer) lining these tendons.
  • A rotator cuff tear occurs when one of the tendons is torn from overuse or injury.

After two rotator cuff surgeries to his dominant shoulder, the employee continued to suffer constant pain, very limited range of motion and limited strength.  Following a nerve transposition surgery to the elbow in an attempt to alleviate cubital tunnel syndrome, the employee continued to experience nerve damage to his hand and fingers.

Prior to the settlement, the insurer paid the employee the maximum three years of temporary total benefits.  The lump sum settlement was approved by the Department of Industrial Accidents after a settlement hearing before an Administrative Judge.

If you’ve been injured at work in Massachusetts and have questions about your legal rights, you should contact an experienced Massachusetts workers compensation attorney.  The call and consultation are free.