Accident Advice Helpline is always ready to help people injured through no fault of their own and you can call us at any time for heavy lifting injury advice. Accidents of this sort are responsible for a worryingly high percentage of workplace injuries, given that they are mostly preventable. Employers have a specific responsibility to prevent their employees or contractors from being injured in this way, and it is often possible to claim compensation from them if such an injury has occurred.
Lifting heavy items at work falls under the scope of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, which require an employer to avoid having heavy items lifted by hand wherever possible. When it is unavoidable, the employer must take account of the nature of the load, the ability of the individual lifter, and the surrounding conditions. The employee must have had adequate training and the lifting must be properly organised to minimise risks.
If an employer does not meet these requirements and an employee is injured as a result, the employee has a strong case for making a compensation claim.
If you have been injured in such a situation but you are not sure whether your employer is responsible, give us a call. In many cases we will be able to clarify the matter straight away.
If the heavy lifting injury advice you receive leads you to decide that you want to make a compensation claim, we can help. We can allocate an expert industrial injury solicitor who has experience of lifting injury cases. This will give you the best chance of winning your case, especially if you are taking on a big company that has access to top lawyers.
We think everybody should have access to justice and we take on cases on a no-win, no-fee basis, meaning that you will not need money to start your claim. If we lose, you will not have to pay our solicitors’ fees.
Working with your solicitor
In order to bring a winning case, your solicitor will have to collect evidence. This is something you can help with. Your employer should have an accident book where workplace injuries are recorded, and you should make sure your solicitor can get access to this. You can also help by finding any other employees or former employees who have suffered similar accidents in the past and passing on their details along with those of any witnesses to your own accident. Your solicitor will be able to take formal statements from them.
Accident Advice Helpline aims to keep the claims process as simple as possible for all our clients. This means that your solicitor will take care of any complex issues and you can choose how closely you want to be kept informed. You will always be consulted before any big decisions are taken. Once your case is properly underway, you can relax and focus on recovering from your injuries.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown