Lifting is something that many of us do every day, without really taking much notice or thought about it. From picking up your toddler, to shopping bags and so on, we lift all manner of objects. Some are heavy and take a little more effort, but others are light and hardly noticeable.
Many people also lift as part of their job. This is commonplace too, from baggage handlers to couriers, to health care assistants to nursery workers. If this is the case, anyone who lifts as part of their job should be trained on how to do it properly and correctly. This way, you are not hurt and neither is anyone else.
Unfortunately, there are times when people are hurt and thus, as a result, you may have a compensation claim for a lifting injury in Preston.
How do you know if you can claim for a lifting injury in Preston?
All compensation claims must meet the three criteria as laid down in personal injury law. If they are not all met, there may be difficulties in claiming compensation but, we always advise that you call us for more advice, tailored specifically to your claim.
- WHY were your hurt?
In essence, the accident must not have been your fault. You may feel, for example, that the accident was not your fault because the correct equipment was not supplied to help you when you lift items.
You may also want to ask the question were you trained to lift properly. There are all kinds of manual handling training courses available for people working in the care sector, for example. There are separate and more specialised courses for people working in heavy industry and so on.
- HOW were your hurt?
Lifting injuries can affect different areas of the body, such as knees, hands and wrists. Most people hurt their back as a result too, and this can be incredibly painful.
You will, no doubt, have seen a doctor or attended hospital. This is an important first step in having your injuries assessed. This information will be needed to confirm the type of injury, as well as severity and impact.
In some cases, clients will need to undergo another medical assessment as a means of setting the compensation settlement.
- WHEN were your hurt?
Everyone seeking compensation has three years within which to do so. This deadline starts from the time it can be reasonably assumed that the accident was the cause of the injuries. In some cases this will be from the date of the accident but, in other cases, the application of this deadline can vary.
Do you have a claim?
If you think you have an eligible compensation claim for a lifting injury in Preston, you must speak to the experts. Call Accident Advice Helpline for an informal chat on 0800 689 0500.
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Date Published: 7th November 2015
Author: David Brown