If you are looking for work lifting injury advice, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you. We specialise in compensation claim cases of all types and we are happy to provide you with advice free of charge, regardless of whether you want to make a claim with us. Our freephone helpline is available around the clock and our team are always ready to listen. They will usually be able to tell you straight way if you have a valid claim and they will often be able to give you an estimate of how much it is likely to be worth.
Lifting injury claims
If you want to claim compensation for a lifting injury you will normally need to do so within three years, and you will need to have seen a doctor or other qualified medical professional about your injury soon after it happened. Your injury will also need to be somebody else’s fault. In work lifting injury cases this usually means your employer, and there are several ways that responsibility can apply.
All employers have a duty to minimise danger in the workplace. Lifting falls under the purview of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, under which employers have to provide adequate training to employees who will be doing heavy lifting and only have them lift at all if it can’t be avoided. The individual capacity of employees also needs to be taken into account, so it is not acceptable for an employer to insist that everyone lifts the same kind of load. If such factors have not been taken into account and you are injured as a result, your employer may well be liable.
In order to make a successful compensation claim you will need a good industrial accident solicitor. At Accident Advice Helpline we not only offer free work lifting injury advice but we also have a wide network of experts able to take on cases even at short notice. What is more, we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, which means you can get good representation without having to be rich. If we lose the case you will not need to pay us. This means we have all the more reason to work hard on your behalf.
Building a case
Once you have a solicitor, they will deal with the paperwork and legal aspects of your case; however, you can help by finding witnesses. As well as people who saw what happened to you directly, these could be people who can testify that workplace training or supervision was inadequate. If any current or former colleagues have suffered similar injuries you should definitely alert your solicitor to this. Don’t worry about taking statements – your solicitor will handle this and will make sure everything relevant to the case is covered.
A successful claim
Successfully claiming compensation can make a big difference. It can mean that you get money to make up for any lost earnings, as well as getting money to help make your life easier. It also often means that standards in the workplace improve, making other employees safer.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown