If it was not your fault and it was not just bad luck, you can claim for a work lifting injury just as you would for any other kind of workplace accident. This can apply in more situations than you might expect, as your employer has a legal duty to look after your health and safety at work; in fact, there are many situations in which you should not be asked to lift heavy things manually at all. If you are not sure whether you can claim in your particular situation, give our team of advisors a call and they will help to clarify the matter for you.
Staying safe at work
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 make clear that when it is necessary for you to lift heavy items manually in the workplace your employer must make sure you are doing it as safely as possible. You must be given adequate training and you must be properly supervised to minimise the risk of things going wrong. You must not be asked to lift in adverse environmental conditions, such as when you are standing on a slippery surface, and you should not be asked to lift something that is too big for you, even if other employees can manage it.
If your employer has failed to take into account any of these factors, you will normally be able to claim compensation. You will need to do this within three years, you will need a doctor to confirm your injuries, and it is helpful if you can get colleagues to agree to witness either your accident itself or your employers’ failings. A solicitor will be able to use this information to build a strong case.
Support to claim
Finding a highly-skilled industrial accident solicitor whose services you can afford can be a difficult thing to do by yourself; fortunately, Accident Advice Helpline has a number of such solicitors available and we can connect you with them on a no win, no fee basis, meaning that you do not need to have money already in order to make a claim. If we do not win your case we do not expect to be paid, which guarantees that we will work hard on your behalf. With support like this, you can take on the big boys and stand a real chance of winning compensation even if you are claiming against a big, powerful company.
Rocking the boat
Some people hesitate to claim for a work lifting injury because they do not want to create problems at work; in fact, we find that many people who make claims of this sort with us continue working in the same places without any problems. Employers usually have liability insurance that takes care of the payout, so there is no danger of the company going bust and putting jobs at risk. A successful claim can draw attention to the problems in the workplace and make sure things improve in the future, making everybody safer.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown