Manual handling claims are those associated with employees who have been injured in the workplace. More specifically, manual handling accidents are caused when you are lifting, pushing, pulling an object or putting something down on the floor.
Your job may require that you lift or move things on a regular basis while other jobs may mean that you carry out lifting or carrying duties on an ad hoc basis. Objects do not always have to be heavy to cause an injury and it could be that it has been lifted awkwardly or incorrectly. If you have been injured at work through employer negligence then you may have a valid manual handling compensation claim.
Employer’s Duty To Prevent Manual Handling Accidents
A manual handling accident can feel like it has been your fault if you have suffered as an employee, however, there are certain duties that must be undertaken by employers.
Manual handling accidents form a large proportion of accidents at work and as such, there are rules like the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 which are set down by the Health and Safety Executive for employers to abide by.
Employees must be provided with manual handling training and they must also reduce the risk of accidents on individual and routine tasks by carrying out regular risk assessments.
What Kind Of Injuries Can Manual Handling Accidents Cause?
Most people do not suffer long-term consequences of lifting but there are instances where continuing effects can take place. Back injuries, neck injuries, broken limbs and slipped discs are just some of the injuries which can occur. In some cases, a manual handling accident can worsen the effects of an existing condition an employee may have.
Making A Manual Handling Claim
If you have suffered an accident at work and believe you could have a valid manual handling claim then it is advisable to get in touch with a qualified personal injury lawyer.
Your claim will assess the level of pain and suffering you have experienced; if there have been any financial losses through being unable to work and whether or not you have had to pay for any medical expenses in relation to your injury.
Jefferies Solicitors are no win no fee solicitors who specialise in workplace compensation claims. We work on many kinds of cases including manual handling claims. Please get in touch with our experienced and helpful solicitors today on 0800 342 3206 for more support and advice on your claim.