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Manual handling injury compensation claims
Manual handling in the workplace is defined as any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more workers. It can include lifting, putting items down, pushing, pulling, holding or carrying or moving of goods or items.
If you or your loved one has suffered a manual handling accident due to someone else’s negligence, then you are entitled to make a manual handling injury compensation claim. Our manual handling solicitors have been recognised as a top tier law firm in the Legal 500, and we are also accredited for personal injury by the Law Society. If you would like to speak to a member of our specialist accident at work solicitors about pursuing a manual handling injury compensation claim call us on 0161 696 6235 or complete our online enquiry form.
How are manual handling injuries caused?
Manual handling claims account for just under 50% of all workplace accidents and commonly occur in or on building sites, farms, factories, warehouses, hotels, hospitals and care homes.
Manual handling of loads may cause a strain to your body through continuous lifting/handling activities.
Manual handling injuries can be caused by:
- Loads being too heavy
- Loads being too large
- Loads being difficult to grasp or becoming unstable
- Tasks being too strenuous
- Tasks involving awkward postures or movements
- Work environments lacking sufficient space
Manual handling claims: employer’s responsibility
Your employer has a duty to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries occurring whilst at work. They need to make sure that the correct training and equipment is provided to allow you to do your job safely. When manual handling work isn’t carried out correctly it can cause serious injury. Types of injury caused by manual handling include:
- Dislocated shoulders
- Hernias or aggravation of a hernia
- Strains and sprains
- Low back injuries
Manual handling injuries can, unfortunately, affect your day to day activities which includes the mobility that you require to allow you to work.
At Stephensons, our specialist manual handling solicitors will investigate your claim on your behalf to determine whether your employer has done the following:
- Provided adequate training on how to lift, carry, pull or push items
- Carried out risk assessments
- Taken steps to ensure that manual handling tasks are only completed if absolutely necessary and unavoidable
- Considered the work environment to determine whether it is suitable for manual handling to be carried out
- Organised manual handling tasks in a safe way, with loads, split appropriately and suitable rest periods being provided
Our manual handling solicitors have years of experience in dealing with manual handling claims and have the knowledge and skill set to get you or your loved one the compensation you rightfully deserve. If you would like to discuss pursuing a manual handling injury claim, call us on 0161 696 6235 or complete our online enquiry form.
Manual handling injury compensation FAQs
For more information on Manual handling injury compensation claims please read the below FAQs. If you have a question that is not answered below, then contact our Legal 500 recognised manual handling solicitors on 0161 696 6235.
How to start a manual handling injury compensation claim?
If you suffered an injury due to manual handling in the workplace, and it was not your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation. Here are the basic steps on how to start a manual handling injury compensation claim:
- Call our manual handling solicitors or make an appointment to speak to one face to face. We will listen to your story and from this free no-obligation meeting we will be able to establish whether or not you have a case
- We will then ask your employer if they'll accept liability for the manual handling accident
- Gather evidence from independent medical professionals and health and safety specialists.
- The information given by these experts will then help guide the amount of compensation we ask for
- Negotiating a settlement with your employer
Workplace manual handling compensation claims rarely go to court. However, if your employer will not accept responsibility or does not agree with the level of compensation asked for, then it is possible that your case may end up in court.
Manual handling injury compensation: how much will I get?
Compensation for injuries from incorrect manual handling will be calculated by taking in several factors including:
- Loss of earnings
- The seriousness of your manual handling injuries
- The impact manual handling injuries have had on your life
- Out of pocket expenses
- The kind of treatment or rehabilitation will be needed in the future to help your recovery
It can be difficult for our manual handling solicitors to say exactly how much compensation you can get as a result of your manual handling injury, with every manual handling injury compensation claim being different. The amount of compensation that you can expect to receive will depend entirely on the nature of your manual handling injuries and how they have affected your day to day life since the incident. By getting in touch with Stephensons team of manual handling solicitors, you can speak to a professional who can listen further to the details of your case and give you a much better idea of how much you can expect to receive from your manual handling injury compensation claim. A manual handling accident can cause life-changing damage to a person and at Stephensons, our experts take manual handling claims extremely seriously, applying years of knowledge and expertise, to ensure you receive the highest settlement possible to compensate for your manual handling accident. Whilst no amount of money will reverse the damage of your manual handling injuries, it may help to take the pressure off being unable to work as a result of your condition and also pay for any medical bills that may have been accrued as a result of your injuries from incorrect manual handling. Manual handling injuries can be caused by negligence in the workplace and if you have fallen victim to this, then it is time to claim the compensation that you deserve.
How long do manual handling claims take?
Again, the amount of time it takes to settle workplace manual handling compensation claims can depend entirely on the nature of your claim and the response of the other party involved. If you have suffered a manual handling accident and want to claim compensation, the team of manual handling solicitors at Stephensons can give you a better idea of how long your claim can take, once they know the specific details of your case. Having being involved with manual handling claims for a number of years, Stephensons will aim to gain compensation for your manual handling accident as quickly and efficiently as possible, whilst also striving for the highest possible amount of compensation.
How much do Stephensons charge to investigate manual handling claims?
Again, without knowing the extent of your manual handling injuries and the level of work involved with your case, it can be difficult to give an exact quote. All of our manual handling claims are operated on a no win no fee basis, so you can rest assured that should your claim be unsuccessful, you will not be expected to pay for our services.
What if my employer is no longer trading since I have had a manual handling injury?
If your employer was insured when your workplace injury occurred, then their insurance company will have to pay the manual handling injury compensation claim if your case is successful.
To speak to us about your manual handling injury compensation claim today, contact our accident at work solicitors on 0161 696 6235.
It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.
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