Mr D contacted Michael Lewin Solicitors when he injured his back at work whilst lifting metal casings; Michael Lewin can manage any case involving an industrial accident and always pursue the maximum compensation in the UK for their client’s injuries.
Mr D from Coventry was 56 years old and had not been trained to load the heavy metal casings at work which was a requirement of his job. When he injured his back it highlighted the consequence of inadequate training and made his employer liable for his injury.
Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting lowering carrying pushing or pulling. But it’s not just a case of ‘pulling something’ due to the weight of the item although this can be a cause of injury. Injuries can be caused because of the amount of times you have to pick up or carry an item the distance you are carrying it the height you are picking it up from or putting it down at (picking it up from the floor putting it on a shelf above shoulder level) and any twisting bending stretching or other awkward posture you may get in whilst doing a task.
Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries which include work related Musculoskeletal Disorders such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders joint and repetitive strain injuries of various seriousness.
It was not Mr D’s fault that his back had been hurt whilst he had been loading the metal casings; the team at Michael Lewin have experience in claims for an industrial accident like Mr D’s and they proceeded with a claim for compensation on his behalf in the UK without asking for any payment up front.
Manual handling injuries occur in nearly all manual labour roles pre-existing injuries and having received no training will all increase the chances that an injury will occur. Work related injuries are very expensive for the employee in terms of their quality of life outside the workplace. Sometimes repetitive strain injuries or back injuries which are picked up in the workplace can prevent the employee from enjoying hobbies which they once loved. Sleep patterns can be disrupted due to the pain that the employee is suffering from an injury which was caused by something as simple as having an incorrectly aligned desk.
Employers have a duty to protect their staff against injuries by providing the necessary training and correct equipment in good working order.
Mr D’s case was successful and he was awarded £3000.00 in compensation for his back injury.
If you have been injured in an industrial accident and think you may be entitled to compensation call Michael Lewin Solicitors in the UK on: 0844 499 9302.