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Manual Handling Claims
In just about every working environment there will be a risk of injury. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an accident at work, which was not your fault, you may be able to claim for compensation.
It is an employers duty to provide adequate protection for employees against the risks, especially if their work involves heavy objects. Workers often suffer injury when there is a lack of protection or inadequate training on how to properly handle and lift heavy goods. Manual handling injuries are usually minor but some such accidents have caused serious injuries and even death.
If you've suffered an injury of this type at work, Grieves Solicitors is here to help. We can help you make a claim against your employers to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. For more information and to enquire for free, call 0800 0747 644. Alternatively, you can complete our online contact form and we will be back in touch.
Am I entitled to make a claim?
The Manual Handling Operation Regulations 1992 were imposed to protect employees from improperly handling objects in the workplace and reduce the amount of accidents each year.
The process of manual handling refers to more than just lifting and can include carrying, lowering, pushing and pulling.
Unfortunately, the Health and Safety Executive estimates that more than a third of all injuries reported in the workplace are as a result of manual handling, totalling up to a loss of five million working days each year.
Sadly, many employees fail to provide proper training on how to lift and carry heavy objects properly and some have even failed to provide the adequate equipment required for the task.
Common injuries from manual handling can include:
- Serious injuries to the back
- Muscular injuries
- Worsening of pre-existing conditions
- Upper and lower limb injuries
What does the compensation cover?
Financial compensation is awarded to victims of accidents to cover the costs of:
- Medical bills
- Loss of pay
- Rehabilitation costs
Additional compensation is also given to compensate for the potential long-term effects often associated with a serious accident, which can include psychological damage and mental distress.