If you have suffered an injury whilst at work through lifting, carrying, pulling or through putting items down, then you could be entitled to claim compensation. Manual handling accidents are one of the most common causes of injury in the workplace, whether that be in an office, warehouse or out on a site.
What does Manual Handling Accidents mean?
Manual handling is the transportation of goods from one area of the workplace to another. This may be through carrying, lifting, lowering, pushing or pulling. Injuries caused in the main tend to be back or shoulder related, due to the strain put on these areas of the body when carrying or lifting.
Who is at Risk of Suffering from a Manual Handling Accident?
A manual handling accident can occur in virtually any workplace, however where lifting and carrying are an everyday occurrence then there is more likely to be an injury. This could be a warehouse, factory, farm or building site. Those employed as delivery drivers are also at risk. Workers within these environments are far more likely to suffer an injury due to constant repetitive lifting, as opposed to an injury occurring because of a one-off incident.
Am I Entitled to Compensation if I Have Suffered an Injury at Work?
It all depends on the circumstances and whether your employer adhered to health and safety guidelines, taking all necessary steps to avoid the risk of an injury occurring. In the working environment employers are responsible for health and safety. Similarly, employees should always adhere to the health and safety guidelines given to them by their employers. If equipment is provided to aid lifting or carrying, it should be used at all times. Your employer has a duty to provide training, organise the workload appropriately and provide suitable lifting equipment if necessary.
If a certain task needs to be carried out at work that does present a risk, that risk should be assessed carefully by the employer. Should the risk of injury be high, then an alternative method of carrying out the task should be found. As every case is different, it is always best to seek professional advice. Our team of qualified and experienced solicitors can assess the injuries you have sustained and the circumstances to see if you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
How Do I Make a Claim for Manual Handling Accident Compensation?
When an injury is sustained it can have a detrimental effect not only on the person, but their extended family too. It is not only the physical pain and discomfort, it can cause loss of earnings due to them having to take time off. This is all taken into account when making a claim for compensation. Whether it was a one-off incident that caused the injury or it was due to repetitive lifting on a daily basis, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out how Cute Injury can help, get in touch today.