If you have been injured while lifting at work, be it through manual handling or in operation of mechanical lifting equipment, you may be eligible for compensation.
To make a claim, your accident needs to have happened within the last three years, because claims in the United Kingdom have a three year limitation period. After three years, unfortunately your claim will be statute barred or time-barred, preventing you or an injury claims lawyer from bringing it forward. In addition to this, you cannot be wholly responsible for the accident in which you were injured. At the most, you can only be partially liable.
Where do I stand when making a lifting at work claim?
So long as you meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above, the law is on your side. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended in 2002) set out strict rules that employers must adhere to in order to protect employees. If you have been injured because of a failed health and safety policy, then you will have a strong claim for compensation.
An injury claims lawyer would investigate your employer’s health and safety record and the practices to which you are bound while performing your role. It is very rare for an employer to have a good counterargument to a claim, if it can be shown that they were responsible for the accident in which you were injured. For example, if personal protective equipment could have prevented you from breaking a toe, but none was supplied to you, then you will have a strong personal injury claim with an injury claims lawyer.
Will making a claim effect my employment status?
Being injured at work can be an incredibly traumatising and frustrating experience. Most people have to have some time off work without full pay, and some are concerned that making a claim will affect their employment. If you have the same concerns, you needn’t, because it is illegal for an employer to punish an employee for making a claim. And if your employer does punish you, or you lose your job or are forced out of your job due to making a claim, then your employer will open themselves up to an employment tribunal, to which you could be awarded additional compensation for your troubles.
How much compensation could an injury claims lawyer win for me?
You can make a claim for both your injuries and your loss of earnings, including overtime, and all of your out of pocket expenses. In total, you could be owed several thousand pounds. To get a better estimated pay-out for your lifting accident, call us for free and with no obligation on 0800 157 1437 today and discuss your case with one of our claims advisors.