Manual handling / lifting injury claims

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Manual handling injuries compensation

If you suffered manual handling injuries after lifting or moving an object at work, you may be entitled to claim compensation for pain and suffering, lost pay, out-of-pocket expenses, medical and rehabilitation costs.

Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and muscle pains are common symptoms after a manual handling injury and pain levels often prevent people from going back to work. Many injured victims who cannot return to work for weeks, months or longer, find that the only way to recover their lost earnings and expenses after a work accident, is to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

Rehabilitation support is a crucial part of a manual handling injuries claim. Once we take on your claim, we will take steps to enable your medical condition to be assessed by a medical expert.

Depending on your specific manual handling injuries and your needs, we may be able to arrange for medical treatments and rehabilitation support to begin right away if there is already strong evidence to substantiate your claim, or if responsibility (fault) for the accident which caused your injuries has already been admitted by the other side.

We offer a free manual handling / lifting injury compensation assessment service to help you understand if your claim has a reasonable chance of succeeding. Just provide us with details such as where you work, the object you had to lift or move, and tell us about your injuries and the situation you are in because of your injuries.

We offer free legal advice and guidance on what you should do next.

Every year our Personal Injury Solicitors and Work Accident Lawyers secure millions of pounds in compensation for people injured in accidents across the UK. As part of a large ethical organisation we can ensure that you are fully supported throughout your claim, whatever your injuries and your circumstances.

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Responsibility of employers

By law employers have a duty to protect workers from workplace accidents and injuries. It is an established fact that safe manual handling practices can prevent injuries in the workplace.

To help protect workers against manual handling and lifting injuries, particularly staff who are assigned manual handling duties (lifting, moving, pushing, pulling) on a daily, regular or an occasional basis, employers are required to provide adequate training to ensure workers are aware of the correct way to lift, pick up, put down, push, pull, move or support an object that is part of their work for the employer.

Employers are required to provide moving and handling equipment when necessary and to carry out manual handling risk assessments before works starts to prevent foreseeable accidents.

Employers are required by law to have Employers Liability Insurance coverage to pay compensation claims for personal injuries or illness suffered by workers as a result of negligence or fault by the employer.

When inadequate or insufficient manual handling training has been provided to workers, or the employer may be found to have been negligent or at fault for an accident that caused manual handling injuries, then a claim for personal injury compensation can be made.

When compensation is paid out it is usually paid by the Employers Liability Insurance Company and not by the employer, so there is no need to worry as you would not be suing your employer when you make the claim.

For free legal advice call our Personal Injury Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will call you.

What is manual handling?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 define manual handling as "any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force."

In other words, any activity that requires someone to lift, move or support a load, will be classified as a manual handling task.

What are manual handling injuries?

Manual handling injuries, also known as injuries caused by lifting, are musculoskeletal disorders which includes injuries, damage, disorder or pain in body joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons and tissues that support upper/lower limbs, or the neck or back.

The term 'musculoskeletal disorders' covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back.

Statistics from the Labour Force Survey indicate that musculoskeletal disorders' cases, including those caused by manual handling, account for more than a third of all work-related illnesses.

About the Labour Force Survey

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  • Subject to entering into and complying with the terms of a No Win No Fee agreement and an After The Event insurance policy.

About Co-op Legal Services

As part of the largest Co-operative organisation in the UK, Co-op Legal Services works to ensure that our clients receive the best legal advice and support services available from our teams of personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors, legal executives and staff.

We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and several of our Personal Injury Solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.