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A Guide To Heavy Furniture Lifting Injury Compensation Claims – How Much Can I Claim?

By Cat Soong. Last Updated 7th June 2022. 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.

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A Guide To Heavy Furniture Lifting Accidents

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

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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

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.

Heavy Lifting At Work Regulations

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.

Can I Refuse To Lift Heavy Objects At Work?

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.

Maximum Weight To Lift At Work For Heavy Furniture Lifting

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.

Common Heavy Furniture Lifting Injury Claims

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.

Claiming For Back Injuries Caused By Lifting Heavy Furniture At Work

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.

Training For Lifting Heavy Furniture

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.

Top Tips For Proving Heavy Furniture Accident Claims

Lifting heavy objects at work may fall under some people’s job description. However, even if this is the case, there are certain safety procedures that need to be followed. If they are not, employees could be injured as a result. Injuries from lifting heavy objects could be traced back to a breach of your employer’s duty of care. This is when they do not take all reasonable steps to make sure you are kept safe at work.

For example, there are certain techniques that employees can be trained on to reduce their risk of injury when lifting heavy objects. If this training is not given, or is not given to an adequate standard, then this could be an example of employer negligence if the employee injures themselves as a result.

However, an important part of establishing negligence is gathering evidence. We’ve included examples of some key pieces that may prove useful during this process. Although, this list is not exhaustive. There are other forms of evidence too.

  • Statements from other employees – There may have been others who were also injured due to employer negligence. For example, they may have been asked to move something unreasonably heavy without assistance. These other employees could corroborate your claim by submitting their version of events.
  • Visual footage – CCTV cameras are present in some workplaces. If so, you could request the footage. Taking photographs of any injuries and related hazards can also prove useful.
  • Medical records – Information such as the date of your treatment and how severe the injury is can be very useful pieces of evidence to both. They can also be relevant to both establishing negligence and the process of valuing your claim.

If you’d like more examples of evidence or would like to know the answer to questions such as whether you can refuse to lift heavy objects at work, get in touch with our advisors.

Compensation For Lifting Accident Injuries For 2022

If you have been injured due to lifting a heavy object at work, for example lifting furniture, and you could prove your injuries were caused by your employer’s negligence, you may wonder how much compensation you could be entitled to in a claim.

Each compensation payout is unique, as it relies on the circumstances of each case. However, you can get an estimate of how much you could receive by using the guideline compensation brackets provided by the 2022 edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Some of these figures are demonstrated in the table below.

Injury TypeCompensation BracketNotes
Moderate Neck Injury (b) (i)£24,990 to £38,490
Immediate symptoms caused by fractures or dislocations, possibly in need of spinal fusion.
Hernia (a)£14,900 to £24,170
Continued pain and limited movement following repair.
Moderate Knee Injuries (b) (i)£14,840 to £26,190Torn cartiledge or meniscus, dislocations, and other minor disability.
Modest Foot Injuries (d)Up to £13,740Simple fractures, ruptured ligaments, and puncture wounds.
Moderate Back Injury (b) (ii)£12,510 to £27,760Disturbance of ligaments leading to backache and other soft tissue injuries.
Hand Injuries (j)£9,110 to £12,240Fractures of the index finger.
Moderate Shoulder Injury (c)£7,890 to £12,770Limited movement and frozen shoulder with symptoms lasting for around 2 years.
Wrist Injuries (e)In the region of £7,430Uncomplicated Colles' fracture.
Arm Injuries (d)£6,610 to £19,200Fractures of the forearm.
Lesser Pelvis and Hip Injury (c) (ii)Up to £3,950Minor soft tissue injuries leading to complete recovery.

The table above illustrates potential figures for general damages, which covers the suffering caused by your injuries. Alongside this, you may be able to claim special damages, which covers the financial impacts caused by your injuries, including:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Travel costs
  • Domestic help
  • Medical bills

To find out what else you could claim for, or to get a free estimate of what your claim could potentially be worth, contact our advisors today.

No Win No Fee Heavy Furniture Lifting Injury Claims

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.

Why Choose Us For Your Heavy Furniture Lifting Injury Compensation Claim

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 info@legalexpert.co.uk, and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

Helpful links

Manual Handling Accident Claims Guide

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.

How Much Compensation For An Accident At Work?

FPlease findout how much you can claim for an accident at work claim. Contact us today for free legal advice.

HSE Manual Handling Information

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).

HSE Manual Handling at Work

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.

Manual Handling Assessment

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?

Seek medical attention immediately.

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.

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