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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Health and Safety News

    Support worker compensation result of back injury after pushing wheelchairs

    By David Brown on July 23, 2014

    Support worker compensation result of back injury after pushing wheelchairs

    A support worker is fighting to receive a five-figure compensation claim as a result of suffering back injuries she believes were caused by her job. She worked at Rastrick High School and spent just 13 days there before suffering a back injury that she still suffers from today. She is represented by her barrister, Mr Benjamin Caswell, who has pointed out that the school could have taken more steps to provide a proper risk assessment. They could also, he says, have provided powered wheelchairs, instead of expecting employees to manage manual ones with the child in them. The total weight of the child plus the wheelchair could be too much for one person to push.

    The support worker compensation is being fought for as a result of the back injury the worker suffered. This damaged her back and her right shoulder, and she says she is now permanently affected by the injury. The woman’s case has now reached the Appeal Court, and she and her barrister hope to meet with success. The claim is for £50,000 to take into account the permanent damage the support worker has suffered in the accident.

    Can you make a claim for compensation after a similar injury?

    Every employer has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their employees. The majority of them manage to do just that, adhering to a wide range of health and safety procedures in the process. However, if you believe that you might be entitled to support worker compensation as a consequence of something you have done at work, you must have proof that negligence was to blame on the part of the employer. A professional injury compensation lawyer can provide insight and advice on this matter.

    Source: Examiner

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    Date Published: July 23, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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