Benefits for wear and tear on shoulders after 27 years on the job?

by A
(Tulsa, OK)

I have been a cook in an elementary school for 27 years. I am now 53 years old and have pain from years of doing the job. I have been sent by workman's comp to several doctors who all seem to agree it is wear and tear from years of lifting and repetitious work. I hurt from my neck, across both shoulders, down my arms to my fingertips.

What can I expect from WC now? If they are not able to help me, do they just settle with me or am I just out of luck? Would they pay for all continuing medical bills or give me disability? Thanks for any info you can give.

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ANSWER for "Benefits for wear and tear on shoulders after 27 years on the job?":

A (Tulsa, OK):

The workers compensation insurance company will continue to pay for your medical care until such time as your primary treating physician determines you have reached a level of maximum medical improvement (MMI).

From the facts you present, it appears your injuries may be permanently disabling. In such a case you should be entitled to a permanent partial disability award. In the State of Oklahoma the workers comp division is formally known as the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Court.

For a detailed guide of workers comp benefits in the State of Oklahoma you can go to You can also contact the Court at:

Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court
1915 N. Stiles Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Telephone: (405) 522-8600
In-state Toll Free (800) 522-8210

You may also be entitled to federal social security disability payments. Unfortunately, the Social Security Disability Administration can literally take years to approve a claim. Additionally, any settlement award by the Disability Administration will be reduced by a function of state workers compensation benefits.

If you have the patience and determination required to pursue a social security disability claim, you can go to

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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