Manual handling injury claims experts.
Manual handling is something that you need to do in almost every type of work, simply because it is almost impossible to go through a day in any role without having to lift, carry or otherwise move an object of some description.
If your employer does not take the proper steps to protect you and you sustain a personal injury because of manual handling tasks you are entitled to make a claim against your employer.
When might I be able to claim for personal injury caused by a manual handling accident?
There is a strict duty on your employer and so, whenever you are at work, even if your employer sends you out to work at other sites or locations, your employer has a duty to protect you by ensuring you are properly trained and that you have all of the equipment you need to perform your job.
The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 are a clearly set-out piece of legislation that makes it clear what your employer must do to look after you in the workplace to avoid manual handling accidents. The obligation is on your employer to train you and to provide any equipment you need and to ensure that you follow that training and use the equipment, thereby keeping you injury free, in the workplace. If you were not given the correct training, click here.
Whilst most people immediately think of building sites and warehouses as the places where manual handling injuries take place, people in all types of job need to move items, from boxes of printer paper in offices to cleaning supplies in a kitchen and so, the Manual Handling Regulations 1992 are all-encompassing. With around 40% of all accidents in the workplace being manual handling accidents, it is no surprise that this is a commonly asked question. Quite simply, if you have sustained an injury at work contact MG Legal’s accident at work solicitor and our specialist team will quickly advise you and assess your claim so we can get to work on a No Win No Fee basis straight away.
What are common types of manual handling accident?
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;
• Not giving proper training in lifting technique;
• 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 a manual handling personal injury 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 personal injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
What type of injury can manual handling incidents cause?
Most commonly, manual handling accidents in the workplace cause injuries of the following type:
• Neck and back strains
• Shoulder injuries
• Hamstring/thigh strains
• Crush injuries to the feet (from dropped items)
• Cuts, strains or crush injuries to the hand
• Head injuries from falling items
Depending on the environment you are working in, there are also many other types of injuries people can sustain including burns (often when working in places with kitchens, forges or corrosive chemicals), hip injuries and eye injuries. 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 injury you have sustained, we will ensure you receive the maximum possible award for your manual handling injury.
What should I do if I suffer a manual handling personal injury?
Most importantly, you should ensure you are not seriously injured, 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 solicitor will be able to request from the person who does. If in doubt, at any point, contact your 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 personal injury claim.
How long does a manual handling personal injury claim take to settle?
This is a question with no set answer, as much as we would like it to do so. Much 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.
How long do I have to make a claim for manual handling personal injury?
The Limitation Act 1980 states that, in most cases at least, an injured party has 3 years to make a 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 personal injury experts, here.
Why should I choose MG Legal for my manual handling personal injury 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.