Mrs K was injured at work because she hadn?t been given any manual handling training; Michael Lewin are extremely proficient in dealing with cases involving an industrial injury and compensation claims in the UK for employer negligence.
Mrs K was asked to move compost at work and hurt her back in the process as she had not been show how to lift the heavy load correctly. She told solicitors at Michael Lewin that she had received no manual handling training which meant her employer was liable for her 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.
Mrs K had to take time off work due to her accident which typically demonstrates the financial implications of any accident; Michael Lewin are experienced with claims for an industrial injury like Mrs K’s and they will not ask the client for any money up front if they are not to blame but will move quickly to settle compensation in the UK.
Employers have a duty to protect their staff against injuries by providing the necessary training and equipment. They have to accept liability for any accidents which occur if these basic safety measures are not taken.
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.
Mrs K’s case was successful and she was awarded 100% of the compensation.
If you have suffered an industrial injury and think you may be entitled to make a compensation claim call Michael Lewin Solicitors in the UK on: 0844 499 9302.