Shoulder & Knee Injuries

Charleston Shoulder and Knee Injury Lawyers

Getting Injured Workers the Help They Need in Coles County & Across Central Illinois

Suffering a knee or shoulder injury doesn’t just affect your work—it also affects your ability to keep up with other obligations and engagements. The longer you go without seeking treatment, the greater the effects on your life. And, these types of injuries tend to get worse over time, meaning prompt attention can be necessary to prevent a lifelong disability.

For those who were hurt while on the job, workers’ compensation can provide the financial assistance you need to seek treatment and take time off to recover. However, we understand the guidelines may be confusing, and the process unnecessarily complex. Our lawyers in Coles County have over 100 years of combined experience handling workers’ compensation claims. We are happy to sit down with you to explain the process, and then support you every step of the way.

Call The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm today at (217) 394-5885 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Charleston shoulder and knee injury lawyers. We have the experience and compassion you need.

Causes of Workplace Shoulder and Knee Injuries

Shoulder and knee injuries tend to cause more days away from work than injury to other body parts, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Together, these injury types affect over 100,000 workers a year, causing lost productivity for companies—and lost paychecks for workers. Employees working in the following jobs are most likely to suffer harm to their shoulder or knee:

  • Transportation and material moving
  • Service
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair
  • Construction and extraction
  • Production

The harm may happen in one discrete event, or it may build over time into a repetitive stress injury.

Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries require workers to take a median of 28 days off, the highest number associated with any body part or group of body parts. The most common category of shoulder injury is sprains, strains, and tears, which tend to be caused by overexertion. Falls, slips, and trips are also common culprits in shoulder injuries, as is overexertion while lifting or lowering heavy objects.

Knee Injuries

Accounting for around 9% of total injuries, damage to a worker’s knee becomes more likely among older demographics. Falls, slips, and trips are the most common cause of these injuries, with overexertion following close behind. Most workers who suffer a knee injury are diagnosed with a sprain, strain, or tear. The median number of days away from work for a knee injury was 19: almost an entire month for someone who works a 5-day week.

When to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois

Any employer who is covered by workers’ compensation insurance, suffers an injury while on the job or at their workplace, and experiences damages due to that injury is eligible to file a claim. This is true regardless of who was at fault. Even if your employer claims you can’t file for workers’ compensation, you should talk to a lawyer—often, unscrupulous companies use this lie to prevent their insurance premiums from rising.

However, your company’s bank accounts don’t deserve more protection than yours do. With a workers’ compensation claim, you can recover expenses like medical bills, a portion of your lost wages, and even programs like physical or vocational therapy if they are necessary.

Types of Shoulder Injury We Can Help With

Shoulder injuries can range from mild to severe, but we encourage all workers to pursue a workers’ compensation claim if they need any treatment. We can help with complex and serious injuries like:

  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Impingement
  • Labrum tear
  • Peripheral nerve impairment
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Sprain
  • Strain
  • Tendonitis

Types of Knee Injury We Can Help With

Along with being extremely painful while walking, standing, or sitting, knee injuries can require costly treatment. Our attorneys can help you maximize your compensation for injuries including:

  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage injury
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture
  • Meniscus tears
  • Sprain
  • Strain
  • Tendonitis or other tendon injury
  • Torn ligament

We’re Proud to Serve Charleston Workers in Coles County & Throughout Central Illinois

As a locally owned firm, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm values taking care of the community. We take a client-focused approach to every claim we fight. That means our team will take the time to get to know you and your needs so we can offer personalized advice and representation. It also means we’re never too busy to explain the ins and outs of the process or update you on your case.

After being injured, the last thing you need is another source of stress. We do our best to make the workers’ compensation process as simple and undemanding as possible. Let us handle the busy work of gathering evidence and taking phone calls while you focus on seeking treatment and taking the time to recover. Our team in Coles County is highly competent and ready to serve you.

Schedule your free consultation by calling our Charleston office at (217) 394-5885. We are here to support local workers who have been injured.


  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Worker Killed by a Pickup Truck Driver $1,200,000 Settlement

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The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.


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