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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What house moving items should I leave for a professional to assist with?


    Moving house can be stressful and expensive at the best of times, without adding the stress and financial burden of sustaining an accidental injury in the process. For this reason, it is best to leave some of the items to be moved for professionals to deal with.

    Preventing personal injuries

    Such items include any particularly large, heavy or very awkward to move furniture items like wardrobes, beds and sofas, pianos, large chest freezers, and so on. There are two main reasons why it is better for professionals to deal with such items. First of all, they are properly trained in safe manual handling procedures, meaning they know how to safely lift or move them without causing potentially serious back injuries. Secondly, professional moving companies have the necessary equipment to safely handle and transport such items.

    Accidents at work

    Moving companies are required to prevent work injuries by ensuring operators are trained in safe manual handling procedures and provided with the necessary equipment to ensure all such items can be moved safely and without risk to their personal health. If this requirement is not complied with and workers suffer work-related injuries, they may be able to claim for work injury compensation.

    Industrial injury compensation

    This, of course, applies to workers in all industries. Injuries caused by work accidents resulting from other workers’ actions; mistakes or negligence by the company owner or faulty equipment usually mean the affected employee is entitled to claim for compensation. Claims must be initiated within 36 months of the injury. In cases where an accident leads to a slowly developing long-term condition, this period begins from the date the relevant condition is diagnosed.

    Compensation claims

    Getting legal assistance in conducting a compensation claim does not mean having to add extra financial worries to what is without doubt already an extremely stressful time in the injured party’s life. Accident Advice Helpline offers the services of highly skilled, experienced company lawyers on a no win no fee* basis. This makes it possible to go through the claim process without having to pay anything until the compensation is secured. Once this happens, a percentage of the total awarded amount is deducted to cover solicitor and legal fees, as well as any other cost that may have been incurred in the course of conducting the claim. How much will be awarded in compensation depends on the circumstances surrounding a claim and cannot be predicted in advance.

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    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.