A Guide To Heavy Furniture Lifting Injury Compensation Claims – How Much Can I Claim?
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 9th August 2021. Welcome to our heavy lifting injury compensation guide. Heavy furniture lifting is a task many employees have to undertake, some daily and others less frequently. No matter whether you have been lifting furniture into a removal van or you have had to move some furniture around a showroom, if you have sustained a heavy furniture lifting injury and it was not your fault, you will be entitled to compensation.
The most important factor is proving that someone else was to blame for the accident you were involved in. Perhaps your employer did not provide you with the correct training? Maybe you were forced to lift something too heavy? All employers need to follow the stringent regulations that are in place to minimise the risk of injury.
It’s important to note that a heavy furniture lifting injury comes under a manual handling accident. Manual handling is the general term of moving items, either by pulling, pushing, carrying, lowering, or lifting. If the correct techniques are not followed, an injury can easily occur. This is why the UK Government enforces such rigorous regulations.
At Legal Expert, we have the experience to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for the manual handling accident you have been involved in. We have helped many claimants to secure high payout amounts, and we pride ourselves on putting our customers first at all times. Our excellent track record speaks for itself. We offer a 100% No Win No Fee basis for claims, and we have an efficient yet empathetic approach. You can find our contact details at the end of the heavy lifting injury compensation guide.
Select a Section
- A Guide To Heavy Furniture Lifting Accidents
- Manual Handling Injuries Statistics
- Heavy Lifting At Work Regulations
- Can I Refuse To Lift Heavy Objects At Work?
- Maximum Weight To Lift At Work For Heavy Furniture Lifting
- Common Heavy Furniture Lifting Injury Claims
- Claiming For Back Injuries Caused By Lifting Heavy Furniture At Work
- Training For Lifting Heavy Furniture
- What To Do If You Have Had An Injury Caused By Lifting Heavy Furniture At Work
- What Can You Claim For After Lifting Accident Injuries?
- No Win No Fee Heavy Furniture Lifting Injury Claims
- Why Choose Us For Your Heavy Furniture Lifting Injury Compensation Claim
Many people need to lift heavy furniture as part of their job. This includes individuals who work for removal companies and employees at shops, showrooms, and storage and warehouse facilities. If you have sustained a heavy furniture lifting injury while at work, you will be able to launch a compensation claim so long as the accident was not your fault. Examples include incidents whereby a person has been injured because they have not been provided with
the correct training or the employer has failed to carry out the necessary risk assessments. This guide will reveal everything you need to know about making a compensation claim for a manual handling accident. This includes statistics regarding these types of injuries and details on manual handling injury case study incidents.
You will also find details regarding the regulations in place, including the maximum weight an individual is allowed to load, information on heavy lifting injury compensation payout amounts, our No Win No Fee service, and our contact information if you have any further queries.
Manual handling injuries statistics don’t make great reading. Every year, in the UK, 300,000 people experience back pain because of a manual handling accident. Moreover, of the 70,166 non-fatal employee injuries reported in 2016/17, 22 per cent of them were due to lifting and handling incidents. This is as per RIDDOR. This makes this type of heavy furniture lifting injury the second most common, only falling behind slip, trips and falls. Hence such injuries forming the basis for many heavy lifting injury compensation claims.
There are regulations in place, which provide information on manual handling hazards and control measures that must be implemented to manage the hazards. The first thing that employers need to ask themselves is: can manual handling be avoided completely? If it can, then an alternative approach to the task should be adapted. As per the regulations, other steps that need to be taken include carrying out risk assessments to identify potential risks, taking measures to control these risks, providing training and PPE where required, and ensuring all lifting equipment is maintained properly. Tasks should also not be repeated repeatedly, and the maximum weight limits must have been adhered to avoid a manual handling accident.
We often hear: can I refuse to lift heavy objects at work? The simple answer to this question is yes. As per law, all employers are required to provide their employees with adequate information and training to carry out a manual lifting task. If they have failed to do so, you can refuse to lift a heavy object. In fact, if you know you have not received the correct training, you should refuse to lift it. Otherwise, you are at a huge risk of suffering a heavy furniture lifting injury.
You may wonder what is considered heavy lifting at work and the maximum weight to lift at work. As per UK regulations, the maximum weight one individual can lift, with correct training, of course, is 25 kg for any man and 16 kg for women. However, several other factors must be considered when determining the maximum safe weight, for example, how high the object is.
We have helped many claimants to secure compensation for the heavy lifting that has gone wrong. This includes cases across various sectors, from manual handling injuries in healthcare workers to warehouse employees. We have also helped make claims against employers for numerous reasons, from those that have provided incorrect manual handling techniques to those that have allowed employees to go above the manual handling lifting limits that are in place. Below, we take a look at some of the most common types of injuries suffered due to heavy furniture lifting accidents:
- Spinal injuries
- Elbow injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Muscle pulls
- Back sprains
- Shoulder injuries
If you cannot find your injury above, don’t worry. You can still make a heavy lifting injury compensation claim. The injuries mentioned are merely examples to give you a better understanding of what can happen when the correct manual handling steps are not followed.
When it comes to heavy furniture lifting injury claims, back injuries are undoubtedly the most common and one of the most painful. Of course, every case is different, but back injuries can often have a long-lasting and large impact on the claimant’s future mobility, workability and overall quality of life. We can ensure you receive compensation to cover your pain and suffering, as well as any out-of-pocket expenses.
When it comes to claiming for a manual handling accident, the most important part is proving that your employer is to blame for the incident. Perhaps they failed to provide you with the correct training and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the task? The heavy lifting at work law is known as the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR). This provides further clarity on what is legally required of employers. In brief, they must assess the risks associated with every type of manual handling task, and they need to provide their employees with adequate training for the task in question. If they have failed to do so, you have the basis for a claim.
If you have been involved in an accident while lifting furniture at work, it is important to take the necessary steps to give yourself the greatest chance of securing compensation. This includes the following:
- Seeing a medical professional – There is only one place to begin, and this is with seeing a doctor. Of course, this is critical for your health, but it is also vital for the claim. The medical report is the most crucial piece of evidence, and it will be used to determine how much money you could receive.
- Report the accident – By law, all employers must have an accident book to record injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the workplace. This is why you need to report the accident to your employer to have an official record of what has happened.
- Gather evidence – It’s important to gather as much evidence as you can to support your claim. This does not only include the medical report but also witness statements, photographs, and a record of the finances you have been subject to because of your accident.
- Contact us – Once you have done all of this, you should contact Legal Expert to begin the claims process. We will help you to build a strong case and get the heavy lifting injury compensation you deserve.
When claiming because your employer has failed to adhere to the heavy lifting at work regulations that are in place, you can claim for both special and general damages. The latter refers to a payout for the pain and suffering you have experienced. Special damages, also known as compensation for out-of-pocket expenses, cover the cost of any expenses you have been subjected to because of the heavy furniture lifting injury you have sustained. This could be anything from medical expenses and counselling costs to loss of income and childcare expenses.
The table below provides information on the typical payout amount for injuries relating to manual handling accident claims. It’s important to recognise that these are average amounts. Every claim is different, and we handle it accordingly. It’s impossible to guarantee any claimant ‘x’ amount of money, so be wary of any firm claiming to do so. However, hopefully, the table below can better understand the amount of money you could receive.
|Reason for claiming||Typical amount of compensation awarded||Notes|
|Loss of benefits||£5,000 - £500,000||This type of payout is to compensate you for any income you have lost while recovering from your injuries. In some claims, people can receive more than the £500,000 amount stated.|
|Anticipated earning (loss of)||£10,000 - £400,000||This type of award is designed to cover the loss of any income you are expected to miss out on in the future due to more time off work for your manual handling accident. This is worked out based on the pay you currently receive, as well as your future earning potential. In some claims, people can receive more than the £400,000 amount stated.|
|Pain/suffering||One thousand up to £200,000||The amount of pain & suffering you have experienced will determine the amount of money you receive.|
|Minor back injury||A Couple of hundred pounds -£9,500||The lowest payout is for back injuries where a full and complete recovery is made within a matter of a few months. If the recovery takes between three and two years, the payout may be anything from £1,860 to £6,000. If the recovery takes between two and five years, the payout will be between £6,000 and £9,500. There are a number of different factors that will determine the exact payout amount. This includes how severe the injury was to begin with, the pain experienced, the symptoms, whether there are any other symptoms elsewhere within the body, if medication is needed, what treatment has been required, and how the injuries are impacting the person’s life.|
|Moderate back injury||£9,500 up to £29,475||If you are suffering backache due to ligament and muscle disturbance, or injuries to soft tissues have caused a pre-existing condition to get worse, you are likely to receive a low amount from this payment category. If you have suffered residual disability, but it is not quite as bad as the next category mentioned, you could expect one of the higher payouts.|
|Severe back injuries||£29,475 - £112,350||Chronic conditions that have come about due to disc fractures or lesions represent the type of injury at the lesser amount of the payment bracket. The highest amount of compensation is awarded for the most severe injuries, such as those involving damage to nerve roots and the spinal cord.|
|Minor shoulder injury||A Couple of hundred pounds - £6000||The payout largely depends on how long it takes for you to recover fully from your heavy furniture lifting injury. If you recover within three months, you may receive between a few hundred pounds and £1,860. If it has taken a year or less to recover, the payout will be between £1,860 and £3,300. If the recovery has taken two years or less, the payout is between £3,300 and £6,000.|
|Moderate shoulder injury||£6,000 - £9,700||This payout can be for those who are experiencing discomfort and limited movement because of a frozen shoulder.|
|Serious shoulder injury||£9,700 - £14,600||This can relate to cases of soft tissue injuries with permanent and intrusive symptoms, as well as rotator cuff injuries and shoulder dislocations.|
|Severe shoulder injury||£14,600 - £36,500||The most severe shoulder injuries tend to be linked to neck injuries, which results in severe disability and damage to the brachial plexus.|
Please note that if you cannot find your injury in the table above, you can call us for more information on heavy lifting injury compensation payout amounts, and we would be more than happy to assist.
A standout part of our service is that all our claims use a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that any person can begin a claim, no matter their financial standing, as they won’t need to make large upfront payments. You don’t have to pay bills for legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful. If we do obtain compensation for your accident, then your payout will cover the legal bill while ensuring you have the money you need to cover any out-of-pocket expenses you have been subject to, as well as compensating you for your pain and suffering.
When you go with a No Win No Fee solicitor, therefore, you can also be certain that they will be doing all in their power to secure the maximum amount of heavy lifting injury compensation for the claim. Personal injury solicitors that bill per hour don’t impact the case’s outcome, which may lead to a substandard service.
There are many benefits to choosing Legal Expert to represent you when making a manual handling accident claim. Our team have decades worth of experience and knowledge in the claims industry. And we have an impeccable track record and reputation to back it up. We help personal injury claimants to obtain the compensation they deserve when sustaining a heavy furniture lifting injury. Plus, it is our goal always to help gain you the maximum payout achievable. With our service, you can have complete peace of mind that we will always put your needs first. We cannot guarantee how long it will take to obtain compensation. But we aim to do so in the most stress-free manner so that you can get back to your life.
If you wish to begin a claim for heavy lifting injury compensation, please do get in touch. We can be reached directly by dialling 0800 073 8804. Our personal injury claims line is open seven days a week, from 9 am until 9 pm. You will speak to one of our advisors, who can answer any requests you may have. There are many other ways you can get in touch with us regarding your heavy furniture lifting injury. This includes using the online contact form on our website, the call back features, or the live chat service. Alternatively, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.
This leads you to our guide on manual handling accidents and claims. This includes guidance on claiming as an employee and a member of the public. Furthermore, there’s facts and statistics for assessing an injury due to a manual handling incident.
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This leads you to Health and Safety Executive’s site for the Government in the UK. Here you will find information on manual handling and how employers can adhere to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR).
This takes you to a Government leaflet: ‘Manual handling at work.’ It provides information on what manual handling is and details on controlling the risks.
This takes you to the manual handling assessment chart (the MAC tool) that the public has provided. This is a tool to help safety representatives, health and safety managers, and employers manage the risks associated with manual handling. You will find full details on how to complete a MAC assessment, consider when carrying out a manual handling assessment, and a manual handling risk assessment example.
Heavy Lifting Injury Compensation FAQs
How do you calculate injury compensation?
These are general damages, covering pain, suffering and losing amenity, and special damages, covering financial losses.
What are the compensation for injuries?
These are the damages that comprise each aspect of your pain and suffering.
What injuries can heavy lifting cause?
These include back sprains, muscle pulls and injuries to the wrists, elbows and spine.
What are the three types of damages?
These are economic damages, non-economic damages and exemplary damages.
Can an employer force me back to work after an injury?
Officially, an employer cannot pressure you into returning to work if you have medical evidence proving your injury.
What steps should you take if someone suffers an injury?
You should call 999 and treat the injuries. In the meantime, you should lie the victim down and raise and support the victim’s legs.
Can lifting heavy weights cause muscle strain?
Yes, if you lift a weight that is too heavy, it could cause a major strain on your arms.
Should I lift items of a heavy weight if my muscles are still sore?
It’s best not to do this because the muscles are weaker, making further damage more likely.
Thank you for reading our guide on how to claim heavy lifting injury compensation.