Do you know how to lift something properly without injuring yourself? If you work in an environment where you are expected to do some lifting from time to time, the answer should be yes. This is because employers must provide manual handling training for anyone who may potentially suffer a back injury from lifting if they don’t know how to do it in the right way.
Manual handling training is all about teaching you how to assess the weight of a load and whether you can lift it safely on your own. Perhaps you could lift it with someone else’s help, for example, or you may need extra assistance by way of lifting equipment.
How bad can a back injury from lifting be?
You can damage muscles and other soft tissues in your back if you suffer a back injury in this manner. Most people know to bend their knees and keep their back straight, but manual handling training goes into a lot more depth than this.
Additionally, some back injuries can be more serious. Slipped discs are a possibility, along with other injuries that are more difficult to recover from. That’s why preventing such injuries with proper training and awareness is easier than coping with them after they have occurred. If you end up with a back injury caused through doing your work, you could be left with significant problems you can never properly recover from. Imagine how that would affect your life and work from that moment on.
How can you proceed with a claim?
The best way to proceed is to speak with someone at Accident Advice Helpline. We’ll never place any obligation on you to go ahead with a claim if you decide for any reason you don’t want to once you’ve spoken to us. Doing this is easy – just call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (the second number is for mobile callers). You can take the quick test on our website too, to get some fast answers to your questions.
If our lawyers agree to take on your case, you could go ahead with a claim on a no-win, no-fee* agreement. If you have received a back injury from lifting and you never received work-based training on how to avoid this, you could have a better case than you may think.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Back injury claim