A hernia is a condition whereby part of the body you would not normally see pushes through muscle or tissue, so that it can be seen from the outside. Many people are completely unaware they have a hernia, because they won’t necessarily have any symptoms of one. It is, however, possible to see it, because the hernia may produce a lump when it appears. Some people who develop a hernia want to know more about the potential for hernia compensation claims to be made, and this is what we will focus on here.
Abdominal hernias are quite common, and occur when the abdominal wall develops a weak area. Since the abdominal wall lies in front of the organs in this part of the body, a weakness can allow part of an organ to poke through, as mentioned above. A common example of an abdominal hernia is where part of the bowel pokes through the weakened area in the wall.
Are all hernias referred to by the same name?
No, although they are all called hernias. Sounds confusing? The meaning of ‘hernia’ is literally ‘something coming through’, so it is a very appropriate term. However, each type of hernia is given an additional name to identify it.
They occur between the chest and the abdomen, and there are six of them in total. From the top to the bottom, they are known as follows:
- Hiatus hernia
- Epigastric hernia (also called a ventral hernia)
- Umbilical hernia
- Spigelian hernia
- Inguinal hernia
- Femoral hernia
Sometimes, you could have a hernia for ages and not realise. However, if you should experience any pain in your abdomen, or you see or feel a lump or bulge, do see your GP as soon as you can. They will make a proper diagnosis and potentially consider you for a repair. Hernias can become strangulated, and this would require urgent treatment.
If you have had a hernia and you are wondering about hernia compensation claims, it is important to get proper legal advice you can rely on. You must know how you developed your hernia, because the reason for it will likely help determine whether your claim would be among the successful hernia compensation claims that are sometimes made.
How might you develop a hernia to begin with?
Sometimes, they can run in families. So, if you have close relatives who have experienced one or more hernias, you may have an increased chance of getting one, too. However, they can be caused in other ways as well.
For instance, lifting things that are heavy or awkward is one of the reasons why some people develop a hernia. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia and you believe it could be because of the work you do, you should seek advice from a lawyer as soon as possible. Hernias caused through lifting heavy objects have led to hernia compensation claims being made by other people.
What is manual handling?
As the term suggests, this refers to moving things manually, rather than using machinery to move them. It might mean picking something up in your hands or arms and moving it, or it could mean pushing something from one place to another. Carrying items at work is also referred to as manual handling, so you can see it refers to lots of situations.
If you take part in manual handling activities at work, you should be given manual handling training. This training is designed to provide an understanding of the term and how best to move objects from one place to another without risking injury. Not everything can safely be lifted, and it is important to recognise that a load that is easy for one person to lift could be impossible for someone else to lift.
In providing manual handling training, employers will be able to reduce the chances of someone being injured at work. Manual handling injuries are also known as musculoskeletal disorders, because they usually involve damage to muscles, ligaments, or another part of the skeletal system. Many injuries resolve themselves in a short time, but this is not always the case. And as we have seen, manual handling injuries could also include hernias. Just as you could potentially claim for musculoskeletal injuries, you could also be one of several who make hernia compensation claims each year.
A lack of health and safety
If you develop a hernia because you were not given manual handling training, or you suspect this was the case, you may have evidence your employer was negligent in forgetting to provide proper training for you to do your job safely. Not only should this include initial manual handling training, it should also include the requirement for regular updates and refresher courses. So, even if you had the original training, if you haven’t recently had a refresher course, you could find out about hernia compensation claims.
Call us to make hernia compensation claims
Our team has helped people find out if they could make hernia compensation claims for more than 16 years now. You could be the next person to benefit from our services. Suffering from a hernia can be painful, and it often involves a surgical repair. If you experienced your hernia because you were lifting things without help or training at work, you could have a chance to make a compensation claim. This may consider your pain and suffering, and any loss of income or incidental expenses you incurred as well.
Getting advice is easy when you call us on 0800 689 0500. You can also ring on 0333 500 0993 if you would rather use your mobile. When you chat with someone at Accident Advice Helpline, you will find it is very easy to see whether we can help you make a claim. Hernia compensation claims are regularly handled by our expert personal injury lawyers, so find out today if you could receive the same no-obligation assistance already received by other people who have called us in the past.