It is very easy for someone to get back injuries from lifting heavy objects. We all have our limitations when it comes to lifting things, either of a certain weight or of a certain size. Knowing your limitations will help you minimise the chances of being hurt when lifting things.
If you work somewhere where you are expected to do some lifting, you should have been given manual handling training. This training tells you how to identify a load and whether you can lift it before you do so. You may need assistance from other people to lift it, or you may need equipment that helps you lift it properly and safely.
How bad can back injuries from lifting heavy objects be?
They can lead to significant damage in some cases. While most employers provide ample safety training for this purpose, some neglect to do so. If they do, and one or more workers receive back injuries through lifting too much and in the wrong way, the employer could be found negligent and may have to pay compensation to those who were injured.
Some back injuries may be easier than others to recover from. Slipped discs can be very painful and may take longer to get over than a strained muscle, for example. No two people are the same either, so while one person may have ongoing problems over a long period, others may recover quickly.
Was someone else to blame?
This is the big question when referring to back injuries from lifting heavy objects. If you were working for someone who hadn’t provided you with any manual handling training, then you may be able to sue for compensation.
To find out if this applies in your case, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 if your accident happened within the last three years. You can also ring our team on 0333 500 0993 if you are using a mobile phone to get in touch. One of our lawyers may be able to take your case if they think you can prove negligence was the cause of your accident. If this is true, there is a chance you could soon receive an amount of compensation that accounts for your injuries and how long you suffered from them for, as well as covering incidental out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury you had.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead