How Does A Heavy Lifting Injury Happen?
Employers have a duty to protect their employees from the risks inherent in their occupation. They are obliged to provide adequate training, equipment and guidance to prevent injury and harm. Despite these clearly defined obligations, heavy lifting accidents continue to happen. Often untrained personnel will be asked to move heavy furnishings or equipment without training; leading to hernias and shoulder injuries. In other cases, employees may make an existing injury worse after being forced to help out with something despite objecting.
The most common manual handling injury is to the back. Injuries of this kind can be incredibly painful; where your job role involves heavy manual labour, it can damage your work prospects as well, often resulting in time off and a loss of income. To prevent such injury, training should be provided, covering good lifting posture, the use of lifting equipment and guidance for managing heavy and awkward loads.
Where such training and equipment is not provided, you may be eligible to make a claim for back injury compensation.
Heavy Lifting Injury Symptoms
The symptoms following heavy lifting injury will vary depending on the injury sustained. Pain is present in the majority of cases, from discomfort to severe, debilitating pain; some of which may be temporary whilst other injuries can result in chronic long-term pain. You can cause a back sprain, by tearing a ligament that supports the spine, pull muscles, fracture or even break bones. These are often caused by twisting or improper lifting techniques. You can also fracture vertebrae; this is commonly caused by osteoporosis but trauma caused by a fall, or jumping from height can also cause the same problem.
How Should My Employer Protect Me?
Employees are covered by a variety of legislative rules that should ensure their wellbeing and protection in the work place. As well as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, they are also covered by Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. These simply reiterate the employers’ responsibility to issue adequate equipment to staff and to provide adequate training to minimise their risk of injury. Where an employer is found to be negligent in their responsibilities as outlined in these pieces of legislation and others; victims of heavy lifting accidents are eligible to a make a heavy lifting injury compensation claim.
The sum of compensation received will not cure your remaining symptoms, but it can give you the peace of mind and financial security you need to focus on recuperating to return to work. Compensation received from a back injury claim can help pay for physiotherapy and other treatments, to aid the healing process.
Heavy Lifting Injury Compensation Claims
To ensure that your claim is managed professionally, you should speak with an expert personal injury solicitor. If you instruct us to proceed with your claim for heavy lifting accident compensation, we will collate all of the required evidence and documentation to substantiate your claim; whilst providing expert support and advice throughout the process.
At Asons Solicitors, we’ve dealt with a variety heavy lifting claims and so we understand how hard it can be for sufferers to take this important and decisive step. The law protects those who come forward to claim compensation, so if you fear for your job security, do not be put off from making a claim. If your employer has been negligent in their duty to provide a safe working environment for you, and you have suffered as a result, compensation is the lawful way for them to make amends.
I think I may be affected, what should I do?
If you believe that you might be affected by an injury resulting from a heavy lifting accident, you should contact Asons Solicitors. We can arrange for you to see a specialist who will be able to determine the best course of treatment, whilst detailing the true extent of your injuries for our records. We can then begin building your claim for heavy lifting compensation.
If you have sustained a heavy lifting injury, you should notify your current employer. You should speak to them to ensure that your injury can be accommodated, whilst ensuring that appropriate safeguards and measures are put into place to protect other staff members and colleagues.
Heavy Lifting Accident Resources
Our comprehensive guide to the problem of accidents sustained at work, called Workplace Accidents – The Occupational Hazard, details all types of common claims from falls to heavy lifting accidents to electric shocks to hearing loss, alongside remarkable statistics on their occurrence.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provides plenty of helpful information for both employers and victims of heavy lifting accidents. It provides brochures and printed material for use in the work place as well as guides and checklists for ensuring employee safety. It also includes directions to other support groups that deal with musculoskeletal injuries.
How can Asons Solicitors help?
We understand that suffering from a heavy lifting accident at work can be stressful, and that the resulting time off work and loss of income can be frustrating. No one knows this better than our expert personal injury solicitors. By speaking to us, you will be guaranteed to receive the utmost care and attention whilst we deal with your heavy lifting injury compensation claim.