If you have been injured at work recently you probably have plenty of questions about your rights and what you are entitled to. These are sometimes called your ‘injured at work rights.’ Musculoskeletal injuries and stress account for the greatest time off work. Musculoskeletal injuries are injuries to your bones, skeleton and connective tissue like ligaments and tendons. These are often suffered in manual handling accidents – that is accidents where someone is injured carrying a heavy or awkward weight. If you have been injured in a manual handling accident that was not your fault you may have some specific questions about your rights and many of these are included here.
Frequently asked question – injured at work rights for manual handling
How much weight can a worker carry?
There is no single weight limit because all lifting tasks are different. Instead of this, there are guidelines on how to assess a lifting job. The things that should be taken into account are:
- The task of lifting
- The load
- The environment where the load has to be lifted
- The capability of the individuals involved
- Other factors e.g. protective clothing
Should my employer have followed guidance on manual handling?
Yes, there is plenty of guidance available on manual handling from Local Authorities and from the Health and Safety Executive. There are also training courses and health and safety experts who can advise.
What are my injured at work rights regarding manual handling?
If you have been injured in a manual handling accident that was your employers fault you may be able to claim compensation from your employer. This may involve an Employer’s Liability Insurance.
How can I find out about my injured at work rights for claiming compensation?
An easy way to go about this is to contact the law firm called Accident Advice Helpline. They have a team of highly trained advisers who will help you decide whether you want to make a claim or not. You may find that taking the unique 30 second test helps. This will give an idea of whether your claim is likely to be successful.
How can I get legal advice?
Accident Advice Helpline will put you in touch with a personal injury lawyer. They have a national network of more than 200 legal partners who can help and advise you. This legal advice is provided on a no win no fee basis avoiding large upfront legal bills
How long will my claim take to sort out?
Every claim is different and so they all take different amounts of time to resolve. Some can be sorted out in a few months. Your personal injury lawyer will try to make the process as quick and easy as they can for you.
Date Published: 26th September 2013