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Manual Handling Injury And Accident Claims Explained

By Daniel Mann. Last Updated 15th October 2021. Manual handling accidents are a real threat to safety in workplaces. Claims of this kind are made by many workers in many industries.

These accidents can involve actions including carrying, pushing, raising, lowering, and lifting items using your hands and body. Often, these items may be heavy and, as such, might be a risk to handle mandiually. When these actions result in a workplace accident or an injury, there may be a case for legal action. It’s important to know how to claim compensation if this happens.

Dealing with the aftermath of a manual handling accident can be difficult, either due to the fact that victims lack adequate information or because they do not know how to file such a claim. However, there are easier ways of dealing with a manual handling accident claim. With the right legal assistance, you might find the entire process much, much easier.

If you have been involved in a manual handling accident and you think you have a valid reason to make a compensation claim, this guide will help you get started. It contains answers to questions you may want to ask, as well as details on how to contact our team should you have any further questions.

When can I claim for manual handling accidents?

If you aren’t already aware, personal injury claims, including those for manual handling accidents, have time limits within which they can be made. This means that if claimants wait too long before starting their claim, their eligibility to do so could expire and they may lose out on getting the compensation that they deserve.

In most cases of personal injury, the time limit to make a claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. There are some cases, however, where this time limit can be extended to suit claimants’ needs.

For example, if a claimant is mentally incapacitated to the point where they are unable to make a claim for themselves, the time limit is frozen until they can. Similarly, if a claimant is under 18 and therefore unable to make legal proceedings for themselves, the time limit is frozen until they come of age. In the meantime, they could appoint a litigation friend to make legal proceedings on their behalf, at which point the usual time limit would come into effect.

To see if you could claim within the time limit for your case, please get in touch today for a free consultation.

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A Guide to Claiming for an Injury Caused By A Manual Handling Accident

Manual Handling Accidents

Manual Handling Accidents

In this guide, we will discuss a number of matters relating to manual handling accidents. This includes defining what exactly constitutes a manual handling accident, the many types of manual handling injuries at work, what to do if you have suffered an injury caused by this type of accident, as well as other relevant information.

In addition, this guide will also outline the various damages and expenses that you can claim, as part of a wider discussion of settlement totals. There will be a detailed table that explores the various categories of injury severity and their respective average compensation payouts. Finally, we will explain the benefits of our ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement and reveal the quickest way of making a manual handling accident claim.

Our contact details will be displayed at the bottom of the page. If you are interested in the information contained within this guide and would like to learn more about manual handling accident claims, our team are ready to take your call.

What is a Manual Handling Accident?

A manual handling accident, in simple terms, is an accident that occurs when you attempt to move, lift, or otherwise handle an object using only your hands. Such a definition can be considered quite broad, as it encapsulates the many different items which might require lifting, the many different environments in which the accident might occur, and the many different ways in which an accident can happen. For example, manual handling accidents could happen as a result of the following actions:

  • Lifting an item that is already too high or out of reach.
  • Lifting objects that are too heavy.
  • Repetitive lifting with poor technique or posture.
  • Pushing, pulling lowering, and carrying items.

Such accidents can occur in shops, care homes, warehouses, and many other environments where it is common for employees to assist in lifting items or moving patients.

For more information on how manual handling accident claims can be the result of back injuries, please read on.

Claiming for Back Injuries Caused by Manual Handling Accidents

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Manual handling injury

Back injuries are among the most common, the most painful, and the most debilitating types of accidents that occur as a result of manual handling. A back injury can cause serious difficulties in walking, chronic pain, and (in some cases) paralysis. It is also important to note that manual

handling accidents workplace injuries can happen as the result of an employer’s negligence. If this is the case, then you may be able to claim compensation for your back injuries.

By law, an employer is required to provide workers with a safe and hazard-free work environment. Such regulations may require training on correct lifting techniques or protective clothing, both of which could help protect you from back injuries. If health and safety standards such as these are not adhered to, the victim may have a claim for compensation.

Muscle Sprains Caused by Manual Handling Accidents

Like back injuries, muscle sprains can frequently be caused by accidents involving lifting and handling. Muscle sprains are typically caused by the pulling or twisting of tendons or muscles. A muscle sprain can develop gradually or can happen suddenly. However, a muscle sprain that occurs suddenly almost always occurs as a result of overstressing the respective muscle.

Muscle sprains caused by manual handling accidents are common in the workplace, due to the tendency of people to overstress their muscles through repetitive lifting or lifting items that are placed in an inconvenient manner (such as being too high or slightly out of reach).

In many cases, the liability for this kind of accident remains with the employer, again due to the fact that employers are required to provide a safe working environment, adequate lifting equipment, and manual handling techniques training for their workers. If you have suffered a muscle sprain in the workplace due to a manual handling accident, you may be owed compensation.

You can get more information on manual handling accident claims by reading on in this guide, or you can get in touch with our team today for more information.

I Have Received No Manual Handling Training, Can I Claim Compensation?

If you have not received training for manual handling and, as a result, you have been injured then the general answer is ‘yes’, you could claim compensation but please feel free to verify this by calling our claims team or talking through our live chat.

Manual Handling Accidents Caused by Lifting

Frequent lifting of heavy, cumbersome, and awkward objects can lead to injury. Any attempt to lift heavy objects can be hindered either due to a lack of lifting equipment or as a result of a lack of adequate training for lifting objects. In cases such as this, knowing the best techniques for lifting (or having a machine to help) can prevent you from putting a strain on your back which may eventually cause an injury.

In many lifting-related accidents, the employer will be liable for compensation payouts. However, if the correct training and equipment was provided (or the safety guidelines were followed to the letter), the liability of the employer might be more difficult to prove. If you have injured yourself lifting and would like help in determining whether compensation is owed, you can call our team and discuss the matter.

Manual Handling Injuries and Healthcare Workers

Manual handling accidents and subsequent injuries in healthcare workers are common, as the data from HSE shows. The need to lift, position, and manoeuvre patients can place a lot of strain on the worker’s body.

In fact, lifting patients can lead to strained muscles, torn ligaments, lower back pain, and disc degeneration, among other issues.

manual handling accident claims and manual handling accidents statistics graph

Health care workers should always be provided with adequate training on how to handle patients but this is not always the case. This increases the chances of accidents and, if you have injured yourself in such a manner, then seeking compensation may be necessary.

If you are a healthcare worker interested in filing for manual handling accident compensation, we may be able to help. All you need to do is to contact us and we will review your case in a free consultation session.

Fatal Workplace Accident Statistics

Some workplace accidents can be so extreme that the injuries sustained can lead to death. This is called a fatal accident. Statistics from the HSE tell us how many times this takes place each year. The figures for 2020/21 show that 142 workers died as a result of injuries sustained in the workplace.

Whilst all of these deaths were unlikely to be related to heavy lifting mishaps, the top two industries that had fatal workplace accidents were construction and manufacturing. Both of these industries involve lifting of some kind, and so this could account for some of these figures.

The graph below shows some of the other areas of employment that resulted in deaths in 2020/21 across Great Britain.

Manual handling accidents statistics graph

Manual handling accidents statistics graph

Other Common Causes of Manual Handling Accidents

As well as lifting heavy items, pushing, carrying, and lowering items can lead to accidents, which can, in turn, lead to manual handling accident claims. . Though these are among the most common causes of such injuries, they are not the only causes. Other issues include:

  • Insufficient Breaks: A situation where there is little or no break period provided during a prolonged spell of physical activity.
  • Slips and Falls: Handling objects in a slippery environment (possibly a result of spillages, weather, and other hazardous materials) can increase the chance of slip. trip and fall incidents.
  • Lack of Equipment: When you are lifting heavy objects, you may be provided with dedicated equipment (such as a forklift truck). If this is not provided, you may be putting yourself in an increased danger of injury.

It is the employer’s obligation and duty to ensure that workers have a safe environment in which to conduct their business. This would mean providing the right equipment and training for workers with regards to handling procedures. Failure to do this can strengthen your case for compensation if you suffer an injury from manual handling.

Read on for information on making manual handling accident claims against your employer, or contact us today to see how much you could be owed. 

Claiming As An Employee

Most employees do not know that they have the legal right to claim compensation following manual handling accidents. However, it is important to understand that – as an employee – it is within your rights to make a compensation claim.

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is designed to ensure that employers are not placed in hazardous, dangerous, or risky environments, including providing manual handling regulations. Any breach of these regulations by the employer, the building owner, or the equipment supplier could strengthen your compensation claim following an accident.

As an employee involved in any manual handling accident, you may have a legitimate claim for compensation. In order to find out more, we recommend contacting a legal professional and discussing the process of making a claim against your employer. There are strict HSE guidelines in place to keep people safe from manual handling accidents.

Claiming for Manual Handling Accident as a Member of the Public

You can also claim compensation as a member of the public if you have been involved in a manual handling accident. However, in making these claims, it is important to take into consideration the location the accident happened, as this will be important in determining the liability for the injury.

If the accident happened in a public place – such as a club, bar, sports arena, etc. – you may be able to claim compensation against the owner of the facility. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 provides legal protection to visitors to any property, placing a requirement on the occupier to ensure that visitors remain safe from harm at all times. If you believe they have failed to do so, you may have a viable compensation claim.

Call our team today if you would like to discuss manual handling accident claims in detail.

Manual Handling Accidents Facts and Statistics

Manual handling injuries statistics gives an insight into the seriousness of handling problems. According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive, manual handling is one of the biggest causes of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Around 152,000 new cases were recorded between 2019 to 2020. In that same amount of time, 8.9 million working days were lost due to these work-related disorders. The industries with higher than average rates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders for that year were:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Construction
  • Health and social work.

If you are interested in further statistics, they are available on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Assessing the Severity of an Injury Caused by Manual Handling Accidents

Assessing the severity of the injury is important. Doing so has a direct effect on the payout amount paid in compensation claims. Generally speaking, the more severe an injury, the higher the compensation amount will be awarded.

In order to fully assess the severity of a medical condition, it may be important to visit a number of specialists beyond your regular GP. If you require further diagnosis, our firm is able to arrange a medical appointment with a doctor close to your home.

If you are interested in fully diagnosing the severity of your injury, please get in touch today.

The Long-term Effect of Injuries Caused by Manual Handling Accidents

The importance of the long-term effect of injuries caused by manual handling accidents cannot be emphasised enough. Accidents that cause injuries do not only have the ability to cause damage in the present, but they may have a serious impact on your life. Long-term effects can include:

  • Pain and suffering as a result of the injury.
  • Psychological damage as a result of the injury.
  • Physical damage may alter the way you live your life.
  • Reduced earning potential.
  • Inability to continue with your professional career. (For example, if your injury is permanent)

All of these factors will be considered when it comes time to determine the amount of compensation paid to the claimant. In cases where the effects of the injuries are seen as short term, the amount of compensation would be lower. This is why it is important to fully and correctly diagnose any long-term health implications which may arise as a result of your accident.

Our next section will look at the process of manual handling accident claims, in particular, what you should do when you first become injured. If this is of use to you, please read on. 

What To Do If You Suffer An Injury

Before you should think about legal action, you should take the time to begin building your case. In building your case, it is important to take a number of actions necessary to get the essential evidence. Doing so can make it much easier to build your personal case. Whenever you suffer an injury as a result of a manual handling accident, you should always seek medical attention as the first course of action. Once you have done this, you should:

  • Get Evidence: This can include collecting the evidence that shows that the injury happened. You can take photographs of the accident scene, collect witness reports, and so on.
  • Get a Professional Medical Opinion: This will say how severe the injury is and will form part of the evidence highlighted above that there was indeed an injury. A doctor’s note or medical report can be useful.
  • Document Losses: This is where you document financial losses, such as loss of earnings and other losses caused by the injury sustained due to the manual handling accidents. Documenting these losses fully (with receipts, invoices, etc.) can make it easier to reclaim the expenses.

Once you have followed the above steps, you will have enough evidence to begin your claim. We recommend that you contact a legal firm at this time. We will provide more information on this in a later section.

What Can Be Claimed For After A Manual Handling Accident

One of the most important considerations for anyone seeking compensation is the final settlement amount. However, the process of determining this figure can be complicated. While the severity of the injury may be the most important single factor, there are a number of other expenses to be considered. The following are the types of claimable compensation that could be available:

  • General Damages: those damages that may not be quantified in monetary terms, such as pain, anguish, and suffering sustained as a result of the injury.
  • Medical Bills: claiming compensation for the amount spent (or likely to spend) to treat the injury now or in the future, possibly included private healthcare costs.
  • Travel Expenses: the amount lost due to travelling as a result of the injury, e.g. visits to a doctor’s office.
  • Recuperation: you can claim compensation for the time and resources you spend recuperating from the injury, including any wages you have lost.

Discussing your claim with a solicitor can be the easiest way in which to outline the full compensation total.

If you’d like to know what kinds of compensation awards manual handling accident claims can attract, then you may find the next section in our guide of interest. 

No Win No Fee Manual Handling Accident At Work Claims

Given how complicated and troublesome the aftermath of an injury can be, trying to comprehend the financial implications of a legal claim can be incredibly unhelpful. That’s why we offer an alternative. Our No Win No Fee solicitors offer clients something called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). If you opt for this arrangement when seeking legal representation, we can provide our expert help in a simple, stress-free manner.

With our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, any legal expenses will be taken from the final settlement total, rather than upfront or during the claim. If your claim is not successful, then we do not do so. As such, this approach can dramatically reduce the worry and financial risk involved with a compensation claim.

If you would like peace of mind as well as expert assistance, give us a call and discuss our ‘No Win No Fee’ approach today.

How Much Can I Claim?

There are many types of manual handling injuries. This is why every case is treated and judged on its own merits. For this reason, it is difficult to put an exact figure on the compensation you could be paid. Instead, we will show you the range of compensation you can get from different kinds of injuries:

Ankle InjuryVery severe£46,980 to £65,420Comes with severe pains and could only be corrected through surgery.
Ankle InjurySevere£29,380 to £46,980Loss of function of the ankle with pain.
Ankle InjuryModerate£12,900 to £24,950Enough to cause a lot of pain. May cause loss of function of the ankle temporarily.
Ankle InjuryMinorUp to £12,900Small injury but enough to cause discomfort.
Knee InjurySevere£24,580 to £90,290Accident causes a shift in the knee bones. (Higher end of compensation is for most severe.)
Knee InjuryModerateUp to £24,580Few long-term implications but enough to cause severe pains
Shoulder InjurySevere£18,020 to £45,070Dislocated shoulder as a result of the accident.
Shoulder InjurySerious£11,980 to £18,020Temporary loss of function of the shoulder due to injury.
Shoulder InjuryModerate£7,410 to £11,980Temporary loss of function of the shoulder but pain is limited.
Shoulder InjuryMinorUp to £7,410Discomfort of the shoulder with little pains
Back InjurySevere£36,309 to £151,070Long-term immobility and pain.
Back InjuryModerate£11,730 to £36,390Short term immobility and pain.
Back InjuryMinorUp to £11,730Slight injuries, with no loss of function.

Though the table only contains a brief overview of the different injury types, it can be useful in demonstrating how the severity of an injury can affect the compensation total. If you would like more information and a payout estimate based on the details of your case, feel free to contact our team today.

How To Start A Claim?

Starting a compensation claim is not as difficult as it seems. For those interested in beginning legal action, we offer a free consultation session for every client. In doing so, we can review your case and provide an expert opinion on the matter. We survey the facts surrounding your case. And, we give you the best advice on what to do next, how to proceed, and how much compensation you are likely to get.

For anyone considering manual handling accident claims, this session can be a tremendous help. As well as providing a free and informed opinion on the matter, it can introduce you to the various benefits of working with our team. As explained in the next section, choosing to work with us will make the beginning, middle, and end of your case that much simpler.

Why Choose Us As Your Claims Service

As a Claims Service, we are determined to provide a client-focused, friendly, and ethical way in which to handle legal action, while still offering expert and experienced legal assistance.

Working with our team will offer a range of benefits, including representation on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, support from specialist solicitors and a free legal consultation. We can even offer to arrange for a medical evaluation: perfect when you need to maximise your compensation total and fully compensate every aspect of your injury.

If you believe you have a claim for compensation following a manual handling accident, all you need to do is get in touch. We’re ready to take your call today.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

If you want to take action and claim the compensation you deserve, you need the best legal assistance. If you want advice, help, and a guiding hand, we are the law firm for you.

You can use the contact form on our website or the webchat function online to get in touch. Or you can call us on 0800 073 8804 and chat right away. We’ll arrange a free legal consultation at a time that suits you. So contact our team today and find out why we’re the perfect choice for you.

Helpful Links

How Much Compensation For an Accident At Work?Did you suffer your accident at work? Read our guide for in-depth information.

What Is The Maximum Weight Limit I Can Lift At Work?: This guide looks in-depth at guidelines for maximum weight limits when lifting and how you may be able to claim for related accidents.

Manual Handling at Work: HSE’s guide to safely carrying out manual handling.

Recording injuries at work: This guide explains who holds full responsibility for recording accidents within different work places.

Other guides you may find helpful

Manual Handling Accidents FAQs

What are the main injuries from manual handling?

Manual handling can cause different injuries including back injuries, sprains, musculoskeletal disorders, hernias and hand and foot injuries. 

What are 5 examples of manual handling?

Manual handling can include lifting, pushing, lowering, carrying and pulling items. 

What is safe manual handling?

Safe manual handling is that which doesn’t risk or result in injuries and accidents. Read our guide for relevant links to the Health and Safety Executive’s guidance. 

What can my employer do to prevent manual handling accidents?

Your employer has a duty of care to ensure your safety in work as far as is reasonably practicable. This should include proper training, so you may still be able to make a claim if you’ve made a mistake providing you were improperly instructed.

What legislation should my employer abide by as far as safety in manual handling?

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 mean that any manual handling that poses a risk of injury should be subject to a risk assessment.

How can the risk of injury be reduced in manual handling?

There are several steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of manual handling, including breaking the load up into smaller loads, improving the flooring and lighting and changing the work routine to reduce rushing and tight deadlines.

What’s the maximum weight that I should carry in work?

This depends. For men, the guidance for the maximum weight that should be carried is 25kg and for women, it’s 16kg. However, this is just guidance and is based on the assumption that the load is held close to the body at waist height, and that it can be easily grasped with both hands.

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