Manual Handling Injury Claims
Contrary to popular belief, manual handling injuries do not only occur as the result of lifting and carrying heavy objects; they can also come about when people are required to lower, push or pull heavy or cumbersome items, or when using improper techniques.
If you are asked to move objects as part of your role, your employer is required by law to ensure you have the proper training and equipment to do so safely, and without injury.
However, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), more than a third of accidents reported to them which result in the injured person’s absence from work for more than three days, are related to manual handling at work.
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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of manual handling, whether to your back, neck, upper limbs or feet, contact our specialist accident at work solicitors for advice.
We will use our significant knowledge of UK health and safety law, combined with decades of success in securing high levels of damages for injured workers, to support you with a workplace accident compensation claim.
Making a manual handling claim with Thompsons Solicitors
1. What is manual handling?
Manual handling relates to any activity requiring the movement of objects through lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Employees who carry out manual handling tasks could work in any industry but the most common are construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing, transportation and storage.
2. What is a manual handling injury?
Manual handling injuries are a type of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), and will involve a joint or tissue injury or damage. They are very common; the Health and Safety Executive reports that more a third of accidents reported to them where an employee takes more than three days off from work are due to manual handling injuries.
3. Can I do anything to make sure my manual handling claim is successful?
There are a few things you can do to give your claim the best chance of success. These include:
- Reporting your injury to your workplace health and safety representative
- Logging the incident in your workplace accident book
- Making a note of any witnesses
- Taking photographs of where you were injured
- Saving receipts for any expenses you have related to your injury, because these can be recovered within any successful claim.
4. How much compensation can I expect to get if my manual handling claim is successful?
To work out the amount you may get in personal injury compensation, your lawyer will have to have the full details of the circumstances of your accident and the injury you sustained. As a rule, more serious injuries receive more compensation. Our personal injury lawyers will be able to give you an indication of compensation amounts after speaking with you and reviewing your case. Call 0800 0 224 224 today to speak with our advisors, fill in our free online claim form or request a callback and we’ll get back to you at a time to suit you.
5. How much might it cost me to make a manual handling injury claim?
There are a number of ways in which you can fund a personal injury claim – but one of the options our lawyers often recommend is a conditional fee agreement, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’. You can learn more about this by visiting our Fees and Payments page. Our lawyers are more than happy to speak with you about your options should you need more information.
6. What should my employer be doing to prevent manual handling injuries?
There are several laws, including the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR), that say employers must manage risks to their employees.
The law expects employers to avoid manual handling if possible. If the manual handling is unavoidable, the requirement is for employers to carry out risk assessment and reduce the risk of injury from the manual handling as much as is reasonably practical.
7. How can Thompsons Solicitors help me if I’ve suffered a manual handling injury?
We are a specialist personal injury law firm with more than 90 years’ experience in standing up for employees against employers and insurance firms. Our specialist teams of personal injury lawyers have a strong track record of winning manual handling injury cases and securing significant compensation amounts for their clients. Your manual handling claim is in the most experienced hands with Thompsons Solicitors, a firm that puts you and your needs first in everything we do.