Manual handling compensation claims occur when the manual loading, unloading, movement or transportation of goods results in an injury. Often occurring on a building site or in a warehouse or storage facility.
If you have sustained an injury at work due to manual handling, you may be able to make a claim for compensation to cover your loss of earnings. We will do all the hard work, such as looking through your employer’s risk assessments, training records etc, so you can concentrate on getting better.
Manual handling injuries make up a large percentage of industrial injuries in the workplace and common injuries include:
- Muscle strain in the arms or shoulders
- Back strain
- Toe or foot injuries as a result of a dropped load
- Knee problems due to excessive stresses
- Hand injuries due to sharp or unsafe packaging
Of course, if you are involved in any sort of manual handling then even the slightest of injuries can have a serious effect on your ability to work.
Health and safety obligations of your employer
Employees need to be properly trained on how to lift loads – that’s the law.
Generally speaking, employers should try and steer clear of delegating manual handling tasks. However, sometimes, they cannot be avoided, and it’s your boss’s responsibility to ensure you can safely handle the items that need carrying.
A risk assessment, including the weight and shape of goods to be handled, should be carried out as well as considering your physical abilities. There should also be alternatives to reorganise the task and decide if appropriate lifting equipment or additional help is needed.
Your employer also has an obligation to provide regular assessments and refresher sessions so the whole team understands how to keep safe.
In fact, according to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) Manual Handling Regulations 1992, your employer must:
- avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable
- assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided
- reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable
We can investigate for you
It is often revealed that accidents have been caused by improper practices, poor safety procedures, inadequate training or even as a result of employers cutting corners.
Once we get started, we can often build a solid case quite quickly. Call our team of specialist injury lawyers now on 0330 404 6435 and let’s get your claim started.
Building site injuries
Building site injuries are common due to the amount of goods being manually transported and the overall busyness of a building site environment.
Despite the general safety standards being high in the industry, momentary lapses in health and safety procedures are very common and often result in serious injury.
What damages could I receive?
Compensation amounts for industrial accidents vary widely but will largely depend on the severity of the injury, the nature of the accident and the level of employer negligence.
Normally we can successfully claim for:
- Loss of income caused by time off work
- Future losses due to your ability to work
- Travel expenses
- Care or support needed during recovery and rehabilitation
- Adaptations to your home or car
- Medical bills if you have to pay for any part of your care
In some cases, compensation for manual handling accidents can be very high if the injuries sustained are life-changing or prevent you from working permanently.
You may also have suffered some psychological problems due to the financial worry of not being able to earn a salary.
Let’s get the ball rolling
By instructing Lupton Fawcett in your manual handling compensation claim, you can be certain that our specialist accidents at work solicitors will do everything possible to ensure you have the best chance of being successful.
We have a proven track record and we can handle your case quickly and with minimum effort on your part.
Our specialists can also accept your workplace accident claim on a no win – no fee basis, meaning you will only incur legal fees when the case is successful, and you have been paid out.
Call our specialist team for some friendly advice on 0330 404 6435 and let’s get your claim started, or fill in our quick contact form and we can begin our investigation.