Repetitive Heavy Lifting Claims
It’s easy to suffer an injury through lifting a heavy object, especially in the workplace. This is why employers are required by law to provide appropriate manual handling training. Injuries are not just caused by heavy lifting but can also be sustained by pushing, twisting, pulling or from an awkward posture. If you are suffering from an injury caused by any of the above, and you didn’t receive the adequate training, Smith Jones Solicitors are able to help you make a claim for compensation. Our experienced and friendly team of personal injury lawyers operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, so if we both agree to work together, there is no financial risk to you in bringing the claim.
It sounds obvious, but the easiest way to avoid any personal injury from lifting a heavy object is to know your limits – do not attempt to lift or carry too much weight at once, regardless of how much time you’ll save. However, it is also important to use correct technique when lifting. This includes:
- Clearing a path ahead of you so you will not experience any risk of tripping hazards, and ensuring that you know where you will be placing the object
- Starting with your legs apart, bend your knees, and use your entire body to lift the object – don’t put all the pressure on your back, and spread the weight evenly throughout your body
- Keeping the object close to your waist throughout the carrying process, and don’t twist or bend your spine
- Slowly put the item down once you’ve reached your destination – you can worry about exact positioning afterwards.
For more information on good lifting and carrying techniques, have a look at the NHS website.
If you are an employee of a business that expects you to lift anything for example building sites, farms, airports, factories or warehouses, they are duty-bound to provide manual handling training. If they fail to do so, and you find yourself injured, you may be entitled to make a no win, no fee compensation claim with our specialist team of personal injury solicitors. Call us today on 0800 195 95 90 or fill in our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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FAQ About Repetitive Heavy Lifting Claims
WHAT INJURIES CAN LIFTING HEAVY OBJECTS CAUSE?
The most common injuries associated with lifting heaving objects are sprains and strains in the muscles of the back, legs or shoulders. Hernias are also possible in the lower back or abdomen. These are caused by discs in the back slipping out of position, or internal organs breaking through the muscle wall due to excessive strain. These often happen in the workplace when you are required to lift heavy objects such as on a construction site or injured as a carer.
All of these injuries are extremely painful when they happen, and can be hugely debilitating. A problem with your back can leave you unable to work for months while you recover and may require physical therapy. Back injuries also tend to be permanent – once you have caused damage to your spine, it may recur many times in the future with little or no provocation.
Hernia injuries, meanwhile, will often require surgery to repair. This can lead to a considerably longer time spent unable to work, or even move freely, making even the most basic household tasks almost impossible. Don’t forget; it will not just be you that suffers from the consequences of your manual handling injury, but also those that live with you such as your spouse or any dependents.
If you have found yourself with any of the injuries above through lifting a heavy object or experience any other incapacitating damage that was not your fault, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim through Smith Jones. We have decades of experience as personal injury solicitors and will do everything we can to ensure that you get the outcome you deserve.
HOW DO I PROVE THE INJURY WASN'T MY FAULT?
Obviously, you will need to provide proof that the injury you have experienced was not entirely down to your own actions – you will not be able to take legal action against your local gym if you injure yourself lifting weights through poor technique.
Manual handling injuries in the workplace are commonplace, so ensure that your employer has provided adequate training. Failure to do so before asking you to lift or move an object that causes injury leaves you with grounds to issue a legal complaint. This also applies if an employer has placed unrealistic expectations upon you, such as asking you to move a large number of items in a short space of time.
If you have any doubt as to whether you are eligible to make a claim for a handling injury, just call Smith Jones for a free consultation – there is no pressure to proceed, and we will be able to provide advice and support.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF LIFTING A HEAVY OBJECT CAUSED ME AN INJURY?
If you feel that you may have hurt yourself while lifting or carrying a heavy object, you should take action immediately. This means carefully placing the object down at once, so as not to aggravate the injury further. You then need to tell somebody that you are concerned about your health.
If you are at work, speak to your employer’s registered First Aider, and ensure that the accident is noted in the company Accident Book – it’s a legal requirement for any business to have one. Be sure that the person filling in the report notes that you followed all advice provided during manual handling training provided by the company.
The same also applies if you have injured yourself in public, perhaps by lifting a heavy item in a shop. In some cases, you may have grounds for a claim against the store if you made a reasonable request for assistance that was denied without good reason. Also ensure that you note all dates, times and circumstances that surround the injury, and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you have been injured through lifting a heavy object and it was not your fault, you could be eligible for compensation. To start the process and discuss your case with our dedicated team, call our freephone helpline on 0800 195 95 90, or request a free call-back online. We are waiting to help you! Read more about accidents at work.