Lifting Accidents at Work

You can claim compensation and damages for your injury and losses as a result of an accident caused by lifting or manual handling while you are at work.

Cohen Cramer Solicitors are experts at dealing with lifting and manual handling claims just like yours and we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

To get your claim started today:

  • call: 0113 224 7830 (24 hours)
  • email: enquiry@cohencramerpi.co.uk
  • pop your contact details in the box on the right and we will get back to you

Lifting accidents at work don’t just happen in factories or retail environments; they can happen to anyone, anywhere and your employer is required by law to make sure that they do everything reasonably practicable so that they don’t happen to you.

If you have had an accident at work that involved lifting, moving or carrying and as a result suffered an injury, you can look to claim compensation.  Such accidents are generally known as ‘manual handling’ accidents.

More than 25% of all reported accidents in the workplace are associated with “manual handling” and lifting, with the most common injury being a back injury, although injuries to arms, hands and feet are also fairly common.  Manual handling does not mean just lifting and carrying but also lowering, pushing and pulling – basically moving anything in any way that requires manual input.

Workers in places such as warehouses, building sites, farms and factories, as well as in occupations such as delivery driving are particularly at risk to these sorts of injuries; however, anybody may sustain a manual handling injury.

The following are all types of manual handling accidents that would merit making a claim for compensation:

  • a warehouse employee who regularly stacks heavy boxes might sustain a hernia lifting heavy boxes onto shelves
  • a care worker could sustain a neck injury while helping a person into or out of bed or the bath
  • a secretary might hurt their back lifting and carrying files around an office.

If you have sustained an injury of any sort as a result of carrying out what you think may be a manual handling operation, then you can look to claim compensation and damages for your injuries and losses.

A claim for an injury caused by manual handling breaks down into two main parts:

General Damages this is compensation for your injuries. The amount you will receive will usually depend upon:

  • the extent and duration of the injury – this will be determined by a medical report that we will arrange for you.
  • how the accident has impacted upon your life – if you were a keen footballer, cyclist or similar and were unable to carry out this type of activity then you would receive more than someone who spent their spare time watching t.v. or playing computer games.

We have access to the details of many thousands of claims that have been concluded over the years and we will compare your injuries with past cases to make sure you receive a proper and appropriate amount of compensation for your injuries.

Special Damages covers financial losses sustained as a result of the accident. This can include:

  • lost income due to time off from work for recovery or treatment; this includes any future lost income if your injuries are likely to keep you from working for any length of time.
  • the cost of treatment or medication; this can include medical aids such as walking sticks, specialist orthopaedic beds and, in more serious cases, the cost of alteration and amendments to your house to make sure that you can live as comfortable a life as possible.
  • the cost of care from family and friends even if given without charge; this is known as gratuitous care and is charged at the net rate for basic home care.
  • professional care costs if your injuries are serious enough to warrant professional help with your every day requirements
  • loss of bonuses and payment in kind such as subsidised meals etc if provided by your employer
  • all other financial losses resulting from the incident.

To get your claim started or to have a chat to see what we can do to help, get in touch with us today:

  • call: 0113 224 7830 (24 hours)
  • email: enquiry@cohencramerpi.co.uk
  • pop your details into the contact box at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you

Lifting accidents at work can be caused in many ways:

The object you were lifting, moving or carrying at the time of your ‘manual handling’ accident does not have to have been heavy or an awkward shape or size, as this is a myth.

As long as there has been a physical effort involved in the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving of a load by hand or bodily force that involves a risk of  injury, that is enough to support a claim for compensation.

Lifting accidents can be caused by anything from heavy machinery that needs to be moved to a box of stock that you have to carry but obscures your view causing you to fall.  It can even be caused by having to stretch to reach a box of files from the top-shelf of a cupboard; as long as you are carrying out the sort of activity mentioned above you are involved in manual handling.

Lifting accidents at work, the law and you.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are designed to protect employees from injuries caused by manual handling at work.  Employers and employees are equally responsible for health and safety in the workplace.

Your employer should:

  • In minimising the risk to an employee the employer has to firstly take all reasonable steps to avoid the manual handling task.  This means reviewing your working practices and taking out any manual handling which is not absolutely necessary.
  • If manual handling is unavoidable then an employer has to assess the procedure to be used and in doing so take any appropriate steps to reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level possible.
  • Whilst assessing the procedure the employer also has to take into account the individual employee’s suitability for the procedure and any affect this may have on decisions made.  This means carrying out a risk assessment of all the manual handling which cannot be eliminated and which may cause you an injury.
  • Try to reduce the risk of injury from all essential manual handling as much as possible, and each worker should be notified of any risks identified in the risk assessment.

As an employee you should:

  • Co-operate fully with your employer on all matters relating to health and safety practice and follow all the guidelines provided by your employer.
  • Notify your employer of any dangerous manual handling practices you notice.
  • Pay attention to the effect your actions could have on yourself or others.
  • Use all the safety equipment that is provided for you by your employer.

If you have had an accident as a result of a breach of the Manual Handling Regulations then you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries and losses.

To get your claim started or to have a chat to see what we can do to help, get in touch with us today:

  • call: 0113 224 7830 (24 hours)
  • email: enquiry@cohencramerpi.co.uk
  • pop your details into the contact box at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you

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