People who lift heavy objects in the course of their work, may be in danger of a hernia. It is important that you are trained how to lift a heavy object so that there is little likelihood of you causing yourself harm. There are different kinds of hernia, but they fall into four main categories: the inguinal hernia, which more commonly occurs in men than women; the femoral hernia (more common in women than men and much less common than the inguinal one); the epigastral hernia and the spigelian hernia.
How do I know if I have a hernia?
While you are lifting a heavy object, you might experience a sharp abdominal pain, or have a ‘popping’ sensation and a lump will appear in the area. It might disappear and reappear at intervals, but you should make an appointment to visit your doctor if you suspect that you have suffered a hernia. Treatment differs, but you will probably be given an ultrasound scan and an examination. You may or may not experience pain, as each hernia is different and is treated differently.
Can I claim compensation for a hernia?
If you suffered your hernia while lifting a heavy object at work, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. You should have reported any physical problem at the time, and had details of your injury logged in the accident book at work.
Employers have an obligation to minimize any heavy lifting by using machines. You should be trained in how to properly lift heavy objects if you are required to do so as part of your job.
Accident solicitor in Benfleet
If you have had an accident and sustained a personal injury, you might be looking for an accident solicitor Benfleet in your local telephone directory. You may have been online looking for “accident solicitor Benfleet” and perhaps while you were searching for one, you came across the name Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that handles personal injury compensation claims. If you are unable to find an accident solicitor in Benfleet or elsewhere that has the expertise to deal with you case, you could contact us for free expert advice.
You can visit our website and take the thirty second test which gives an estimate of the amount of compensation you might get for your injury. You might then wish to call us on our freephone numbers: 0800 689 0500 from landlines, or call from a mobile on 0330 500 0993. The lines are always open for your calls. An accident solicitor Benfleet or elsewhere may not have the expertise you need to handle your case, but with our team of expert solicitors, we will have.
Date Published: 13th June 2013