When we’re asked, “Can I claim for an accident as a removal man?” we have to admit that it depends. There are regulations governing compensation law that mean most cases have to be brought forward within three years. It is vital to have a medical record of the injuries sustained, so you’ll need to have seen a doctor very soon afterwards. What’s more, we can’t help you if the accident was your own fault, especially if you ignored instructions from your employer. If you’re clear on all these points, however, we’ll be happy to assist.
In fact, you don’t need to be 100% certain you can claim before you call us here at Accident Advice Helpline. We’re happy to advise you on that for free. If we think you do have a valid case, we may be able to give you an estimate of the amount of compensation you could get. This doesn’t mean you’ll be obliged to claim with us, but if you want to, of course, we can take care of that too.
Types of accident
If you’ve had an accident as a removal man, the chances are that it falls into one of two groups. The first of these is sudden damage caused when a lift goes wrong or something is dropped. This could involve severe muscle strain, torn ligaments, dislocation of limbs, severe bruising, crushing damage or similar. Alternatively, you could have a repetitive strain injury caused by months or years of dangerous lifting. If you told your employer that you thought this was risky, or if the problem was obvious, but you didn’t feel you had the freedom to refuse, you may have the right to compensation.
An employer’s duty
Whether you are a full time employee or just working on a contract basis, your employer has a duty to keep you free from all forms of foreseeable harm and, if a risky task absolutely must be done, they must ensure that you’re aware of the risk and you have the correct training. You shouldn’t be working as a removal man unless your employer is confident that you know how to lift things safely, and if your employer has any reason to think that you’re not up to the job, you should be suspended pending investigation. Your employer should never ask you to lift things that are clearly too heavy for you, even if your colleagues are doing so. After all, there are always lighter loads to be managed as part of the moving process.
What to do
If you want to make a claim, give us a call at Accident Advice Helpline and we’ll help you to get started. We can put you in touch with an expert industrial accident solicitor who will be able to provide you with the best possible representation. You won’t need to be rich for this because we work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. Claiming compensation really couldn’t be any simpler. So call us free now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice on your claim.
Date Published: January 10, 2014
Author: David Brown