Do you know how to lift heavy items properly? It’s important to bend at the knees so you minimise the strain on your back – and your employer should teach you this when they carry out your manual handling training before you begin work.
This type of training is vital to prevent retail staff lifting injuries and if you’re injured because your employer failed to provide you with training, you could have a viable claim for personal injury compensation.
That’s where Accident Advice Helpline comes in – we’ve been helping retail staff claim for manual handling injuries since 2000 and we have a great success rate; not to mention we offer a 100% no win, no fee service.
Throw your back out
Retail staff lifting injuries can range from minor strains and sprains to more serious injuries. You might be lucky enough to strain a muscle lifting a box of shoes at your work, or you could suffer serious tendon and ligament injuries to your back whilst lifting a heavy box of electrical equipment.
Not only should your employer provide you with manual handling training, they should also ensure that lifting equipment is available should you need to lift heavy loads. If they fail to do so and you suffer even minor injuries, you could have a viable personal injury claim against them.
Serious back injuries could include damage to the tendons, muscles and ligaments of your back which could cause ongoing pain and discomfort that makes it difficult to sit or stand. This could mean taking time off work and undergoing physio or chiropractic treatment for your pain, affecting you and your family financially.
These types of treatments can be expensive and your earnings will be affected if you’ve taken time off work. The last thing you need after suffering an injury is financial stress, which is why it’s worth considering making a claim for compensation.
How much compensation will you get?
If you’ve suffered a lifting injury at work, the amount of compensation you’ll get will take into account not only your pain and suffering but also any financial losses and expenses that have affected you. Our personal injury lawyers have 15 years’ experience handling personal injury claims and will consider a range of factors to work out your settlement.
Take the 30-second test on our website right now and you could find out how much compensation you could claim. Or call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 right now and see if you could make a personal injury claim. Our advisors are here to offer confidential advice and answer your questions.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton