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A guide to manual handling claims:
What is a manual handling injury claim?
Manual handling is a term that is used to describe job roles that include actions such as lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling objects and items. In all of these types of tasks, it is important that they are carried out safely and using proper technique in order to prevent injury and long-term health problems.
When you are lifting, carrying or moving heavy objects by hand at work, your employer has a legal responsibility to provide you with the necessary training and guidance so that you know how to best carry out the task properly, and avoid injury or muscle strain, or even worse.
However, this does not always happen. In busy factories and warehouses, employees are often thrown in at the deep end without any relevant training, or asked to perform tasks and jobs that are not part of their job role without any safety guidance, leaving them at risk of developing injuries.
Manual handling injuries account for almost 40% of all injuries at work, meaning that it is a very real injury risk that must be recognised by employers. Employer responsibility to provide training on lifting techniques for manual handling is scrutinized by the Health and Safety Executive, and enforced in UK law by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, which our accident at work solicitors regularly use in order to prove an employer’s negligence, and settle our clients’ manual handling injury claims.
If you have suffered from manual handling injuries and believe that your employer failed to follow health and safety guidelines properly, then get in touch with our no win no fee accident at work solicitors online here and speak to a solicitor within one working hour about how we can help with your manual handling injury claim.
How do manual handling accidents happen?
Wherever you work, most often manual handling accidents occur because of certain, known, foreseeable hazards. Most of these hazards emerge from some form of inadequate training by an employer. They can also include:
• Lifting items that are too heavy;
• Performing repetitive lifting/carrying tasks;
• Failure to provide proper equipment or other assistance to assist in lifting;
• Moving objects between heights or hard to reach places (to or from a high or low
shelf for example);
• Not marking objects with their weight;
• Working on an uneven surface.
If you have suffered heavy lifting injuries as a result of any of the above reasons, or for any other reason, MG Legal’s expert accident at work solicitors will be happy to discuss the incident with you, free of charge. Contact our team to see if we can help you make an employer’s liability manual handling claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
Am I eligible to make a manual handling claim for heavy lifting injuries?
If you have sustained heavy lifting injuries of any kind while at work, in an accident that was not your fault, you could well be eligible to make a manual handling claim for your heavy lifting injuries.
When you are making a manual handling claim, it is necessary to prove two things:
1. That the accident was caused by negligence from your employer or another worker
2. That the manual handling accident directly led to your heavy lifting injuries
Provided that these two things are the case, you should be eligible to make a NO WIN NO FEE manual handling claim for your heavy lifting injuries with our accident at work solicitors. Simply get in touch with our manual handling solicitors, here, for a free, no-obligation discussion of your potential manual handling claims.
What type of heavy lifting injuries can manual handling incidents cause?
Most commonly, manual handling accidents in the workplace cause injuries of the following type:
• Neck and back strains
• Hamstring/thigh strains
Every case is unique and MG Legal will ensure that the correct medical expert is appointed to prepare their report on your injuries and so, whatever heavy lifting injury you have sustained, we will ensure you receive the maximum possible award for your manual handling claim.
What to do after a heavy lifting injury at work:
Most importantly, you should ensure you are not seriously injured in the manual handling accident, make others aware of your injuries and see any on-site first aider should you need to. If in doubt, make an appointment with your GP, go to the local Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre or call NHS 111 for advice.
If you are well enough, or once you are well enough, ensure that there is a proper report of the incident in your employer’s accident book, or at the site you were working if it was away from your employer’s premises. If the incident was more serious, the RIDDOR protocols should have been followed and your employer is duty bound to make a full report to the Health & Safety Executive within ten days. It will also assist if you are able to obtain photographs of the place you were working and the object or objects in question.
These are all records and evidence which you can use to support your claim and which, if you do not have a copy directly, your accident at work solicitor will be able to request from the person who does. If in doubt, at any point, contact your mnaual handling solicitor at MG Legal and we will be able to review the evidence you have and the support it can provide to your manual handling claim.
How to make a manual handling accident claim:
While it may seem daunting, getting the ball rolling with starting your manual handling claim for heavy lifting injuries is not as difficult as it may seem. If you are considering making a manual handling claim, simply get in touch with our accident at work solicitors here, and we offer a free, no-obligation chat about your potential claim.
When you do this, we will talk you through the process, what will happen, what we will do for you, and how much compensation you could achieve if you make a manual handling claim for your heavy lifting injuries with MG Legal.
How much is my accident at work manual handling claim worth?
As with all manual handling claims that our manual handling solicitors work on, the amount of compensation that the claim will be worth depends on the injuries that you have sustained and and how severe they are.
In terms of the injuries alone, not taking into any other compensation such as loss of earnings, our solicitors have put togeter the below table using the guidelines provided by the Judicial College.
Type of injury
Maximum compensation available
Severe back injuries from a manual handling accident
Moderate back injuries caused by manual handling
Minor back injuries due to a manual handling accident
Severe shoulder injuries because of a manual handling accident
Moderate shoulder injuries due to manual handling accident
What duty of care does my employer owe me regarding a heavy lifting injury?
If you are working in manual handling, or any other type of job role, your employer has a legal duty to keep you safe and protect you from injury. This duty of care comes under the Health and Safety Act of 1974, which mandates them to implement a number of steps in order to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring.
In order to prevent heavy lifting injuries, employers must:
Provide adequate training as to how to lift heavy objects safely and what the maximum lifting weights are
Carry out risk assessments to all heavy lifting, identify potential hazards or risks, and take the necessary action to remove or minimise these risks of heavy lifting injuries
Provide safety equipment to assist heavy lifting where necessary, and prevent heavy lifting injuries and manual handling claims
How long does a manual handling claim for heavy lifting injuries take to settle?
This is a question with no set answer, as much as we would like it to do so. How long a manual handling claim will take to work depends on the circumstances of the incident, the severity of your injuries and whether liability is admitted by your employer. Each claim and each set of injuries and losses are different and we will do everything we can to ensure your claim settles as swiftly as possible. To speak to a manual handling solicitor about your specific claim, simply get in touch online, here, and we will get back to you within one working hour.
How long do I have to make a claim for manual handling personal injury?
The Limitation Act 1980 states that an injured party has 3 years to make a manual handling claim for personal injury compensation. Minors, meaning children under the age of 18, have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday.
Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s manual handling solicitors, here.
Make a NO WIN NO FEE manual handling claim:
MG Legal’s success rate of over 99% speaks for itself and is one that we never intend to allow to drop. Every file handler is a full qualified solicitor and as well as our expertise, we bring a pride and passion to our work that is more about being satisfied that we have done the best for every client than it is doing ‘a job’.
We are all real people and we have, at various times, been in the unenviable position of having sustained injuries and losses because of the fault of others. We know that this is a traumatic time and that your claim is personal to you, meaning that your confidence in your solicitor can take a lot of the strain off in a stressful situation.
We believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every personal injury claim we accept is on a no win no fee agreement, which allows you to make heavy lifting injury claim at no financial risk.