Heavy Lifting Accident Claims
Are You Entitled To File a Heavy Lifting Accident Claim?
Have you suffered injury whilst undertaking heavy lifting duties in your place of work? If you are employed in a manual handling role which entails manually lifting or supporting heavy loads, and consequently suffer injury due to the negligence of your employer or fellow workers, you could be entitled to file a heavy lifting accident claim against the company. Find out whether you are entitled to claim by completing our short online application today.
• Minor back strain/ soft tissue injury with recovery in maximum 2 years: £5,150 – £8,250*
• Moderate back injury, including disc lesions or fracture: £25,500 – £42,350*
• Moderately severe knee injury causing minor residual disability: £9,500 – £17,500*
• Strain on the heart causing serious lasting damage: from £66,000*
• Fracture or soft tissue wrist injury with no permanent disability: £6,750*
Manual lifting and transportation of heavy goods are duties fundamental to many roles, particularly if you work in a warehouse or retail environment. While most employees carry out these duties safely, there is always the risk of an accident if the load exceeds that which you can physically manage, or if you haven’t received appropriate training in proper lifting procedures. Heavy lifting injury claims can be filed by anyone injured as a consequence of negligence, be it on the part of an employer or another employee. The majority of lifting accident claims are brought against companies by their employees, however you may also be entitled to make a claim if you were a contract/ agency worker.
Compensation For Heavy Lifting Accident Injuries
Musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries are synonymous with heavy lifting accidents, and while these can seem minor, a significant number of people are forced to take time off work in order to make a full recovery. In more severe cases, such as where an employee has suffered a strain injury to the heart or one which affects mobility, it may be necessary to give up work entirely. Whether or not your injuries are serious in nature, both the estimated time for recovery and impact upon your overall quality of life will determine the level of compensation you are entitled to.
When you make a heavy lifting accident claim, you will be appointed a personal injury solicitor who will undertake all aspects of the legwork on your behalf. This includes evaluating the level of compensation you are entitled to. Special damages, commonly awarded for consequential financial loss, can significantly increase the overall settlement award. Depending on the circumstances of your case these could include damages for: loss of earnings, expenses for private medical care and costs associated with travelling to/ from hospital for regular treatment.
If you’re in any doubt about your entitlement to compensation after a recent lifting accident at work, call our work injury solicitors for free impartial advice today.
How To Prevent Injury in The Workplace
Heavy lifting accidents are one of the most prevalent causes of injury in manual handling roles. According to data compiled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over one third of all injuries reported that require more than three days for recovery are attributed to preventable lifting accidents. Despite guidelines in place regarding the appropriate methods for lifting and carrying heavy objects, many employers neglect to train employees on best practice to avoid manual handling injuries. Health and safety guidelines highlight numerous safety guidelines for correct lifting procedure, including:
- Bending the knees when stooping to retrieve/ set down an object.
- Avoiding twisting/ bending the back whilst lifting or carrying an object.
- Keeping posture straight and shoulders rigid.
- Never exceeding the maximum load you can handle
- Keeping the load/ object as close to the waist as possible to avoid strain.
- Considering the safety of other employees who may be working in the vicinity.