Employers have a duty to protect their employees from accidents within the workplace. They are obliged by law to ensure that their employees receive adequate training and guidance, with regard to safety procedures at work. However, heavy lifting accidents continue to occur, affecting hundreds of workers in the UK every year. Where these accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the employer, the affected employee may be eligible to make a claim for injury compensation. If you have been the victim of such an accident, then you need to know how to claim heavy lifting accidents compensation.
Heavy lifting accidents explained
Lifting heavy and unstable loads or weights at work can result in a variety of injuries, more so if improper lifting techniques are employed. Lifting heavy loads requires a lot of energy and places excessive pressure on your body. This means you are vulnerable to injuries of the spine, back, arms, shoulders and neck. Numerous cases of hernias and bladder injuries owing to heavy lifting accidents have also been reported.
As an employee, you are protected by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations Act, which outlines the safe approach to lifting, lowering and carrying of goods. You can claim compensation from your employer if you can prove that the regulations outlined in this act were breached, leading to your injury. Your employer should have an employer liability insurance cover to meet the cost of such claims.
You are eligible to make a heavy lifting accident compensation claim if the accident occurred within the past three years, you sustained injuries as a direct result of the incident and you received medical treatment for those injuries. You also need to prove that your employer was responsible for the accident.
Claiming compensation for heavy lifting accidents
The compensation received for a heavy lifting accident will go a long way towards reimbursing any financial expenses incurred due to your injuries. These include medical fees, loss of income and the cost of care if you were incapacitated.
The main steps involved in filing the compensation claim are outlined below:
- Inform your employer about the accident and ensure it is entered in the company’s accident book.
- Call a specialist law firm such as the Accident Advice Helpline. We will discuss the details of your claim with you and advise you on whether to proceed or not.
- Should you decide to proceed with the claim, we will put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who is well versed in all matters pertaining to heavy lifting accident claims.
- Your solicitor will also instruct a medical expert to complete a report on the nature of your injuries and the prognosis for recovery. This helps the solicitor to accurately predict how much you can claim as compensation.
- The solicitor will inform your employer about the claim and the negotiations process will commence. Once a suitable agreement is reached, you will receive your payment.
How we can help
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we will simplify the process of filing a claim for a heavy lifting accident for you, leaving you free to concentrate on your recovery.
Date Published: September 26, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Health and safety at work