If any employer experiences a spate of lifting injury claims it’s a sure-fire sign that they have not fulfilled their duty of care to their workforce. Manual handling always carries with it a certain amount of risk. By using forklift trucks and other lifting devices in the workplace, much of this risk can be removed. But a spate of claims for any repetitive strain injury (RSI), be it rotator cuff injury, or bursitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome, means that the employer hasn’t done their homework very well.
A lifting injury can be a repetitive strain injury that is classified as type1 RSI. This indicates that a doctor can diagnose a recognised medical condition, like carpal tunnel syndrome for example. Typical symptoms include swelling and inflammation, and in the case of rotator cuff injury, sharp and severe pain. Type 2 RSIs are those whereby a doctor cannot diagnose an exact condition from the symptoms presented. It’s often referred to as non-specific pain syndrome.
The chances for a full recovery are good
Once diagnosed, the injured joint or muscle must be rested and a course of painkillers and/or anti-inflammatories. In more severe cases, it may be necessary to have a course of steroid injections prescribed, plus physiotherapy treatment. In most instances, the chances of complete recovery are excellent, providing appropriate treatment is administered as soon as possible following the diagnosis.
The important “qualifiers” for any personal injury claim, including lifting injury claims
In order to “qualify” as bona fide lifting injury claims, every personal claim (including those for lifting injury claims) must observe certain conditions.
- The blame for the injury, or the incidents/circumstances that cause the injury must be attributable to the employer
- Medical proof of the injury will be required by the insurer that the employer uses
- The injury must have manifested itself within the last three years
Generally speaking, the sooner any claim is initiated, the better.
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