A Guide To Manual Handling Injury And Accident Claims – Can I Claim Compensation?

By Jo Jeffries. Last Updated 4th January 2022. Welcome to our online guide, where we will discuss manual handling claims for a manual handling injury sustained at work. We will also be providing free legal advice. Throughout this guide, we aim to discuss manual handling accident claims by outlining how a personal injury lawyer could be of assistance. And we also note how a high risk of injury at work from manual lifting is avoidable.

Have you recently been injured in a manual handling accident at work that was not your fault? If another party was responsible for your manual handling injuries, you could be entitled to make a manual handling accident claim for compensation. Trust Accident Claims UK to help you make your manual handling injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis. We are a trusted personal injury solicitor’s firm with an excellent track record of helping victims, such as you claim compensation for injuries caused by manual handling.

What You Need To Know About Manual Handling Injury Claims

Whether you were injured at work and need to make a workplace manual handling compensation claim or a back injury compensation payout, we can help you claim the compensation for your injuries that you are entitled to. How much compensation can you claim when you make a manual handling injury claim? The size of your settlement will vary depending on the type of injuries you have sustained. Still, many of our clients are awarded compensation payouts worth tens of thousands of pounds, so pursuing any manual handling injury compensation that you may be owed definitely worthwhile.

If you think you might be owed manual handling accident compensation, call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 for your free legal consultation to talk about your accident at work. If you have legitimate grounds for claiming compensation, we will estimate how much your manual handling injury claims could be worth and will provide you with an expert solicitor with plenty of experience handling manual handling accident claims to represent you.

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A Guide To Manual Handling Accident Claims

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Accident Claims UK has created this guide for people who have been injured in a manual handling accident and are thinking seriously about claiming manual handling accident compensation. In this manual handling injury claims guide, we will define what a manual handling accident is, explain different manual handling injuries and advise you on what to do if you have suffered an injury caused by a manual handling accident.

We will also advise you on how to go about making a manual handling injury claim or your claim for an accident at work compensation, including how to make a No Win No Fee compensation claim. You will also be able to use our compensation calculator to see how much manual handling accident claims like yours are worth in compensation.

And remember, if you think you should have compensation awarded for a manual handling related injury, Accident Claims UK’s legal advisors are always on hand to give you free advice. Call us today for your free legal consultation, and if you have a legitimate manual handling accident claim to make, we will find a top solicitor to get started on your claim right away.

Manual Handling Injury Statistics For The UK

First of all, let’s briefly define what a manual handling accident is. A manual handling accident occurs when someone is moving, lifting, or handling an object manually. A manual handling injury is an injury that happens during and because of the process of manual handling. Manual handling injuries are often back injuries or musculoskeletal injuries. The majority of manual handling accidents occur in the workplace. According to Healthy Working Lives, one-third of reported injuries affect the victim for three days or more, and over 10% of serious workplace injuries involve manual handling.

Also, according to the Health and Safety Executive, manual handling accidents are the biggest cause of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, with about 160,000 new cases each year, costing the NHS over £1 billion a year. The costs do not end there as manual handling related injuries also cause the loss of 12.3 million working days a year. Therefore it is within an employer’s financial and moral interest to protect their employees from manual handling injuries.

What Are The Causes Of Manual Handling Accidents?

Most common manual handling accidents are caused by heavy objects being lifted incorrectly. Manual handling accidents commonly happen in the workplace when people work in more manual jobs. They are common in care homes where staff need to lift or move patients with mobility problems. Other common workplace environments where individuals can experience manual handling injuries include warehouses, shops, and delivery businesses.

They can also occur in office environments where workers have desk jobs, and manual handling is not a regular part of the job description. Manual handling accidents causing injuries can occur when workers lift, carry, push or lower items that are too heavy, or repeatedly lift an object using poor technique and posture. Another common cause is reaching for an object that is already too high or out of reach.

Employers have a responsibility to train staff on how to engage in manual handling activities correctly and safely. This includes training staff on how to lift heavy objects safely, including when to work in teams. Employers need to train staff to only lift objects within correct guideline weights or correct height to weight ratios. When objects are too heavy to lift manually, employers are responsible for providing the correct equipment that is needed. If not, then manual handling injury claims could be the end result.

Common Types Of Manual Handling Accidents And Injuries

If you are seeking injured at work compensation, it may be because you experienced a manual handling injury. Below are some common types of manual handling injuries our clients frequently suffer from, which cause them to make manual handling accident claims and workplace manual handling compensation claims.

Manual Handling Accidents From Lifting Items

If you frequently lift heavy or awkward objects in your job, this can lead to a manual handling accident. Similarly, lifting a heavy object manually without recommended training on how to do so or without proper equipment if the object is too heavy to be lifted manually may lead to musculoskeletal injuries. If you have been assigned manual handling tasks in the workplace, without the correct training or equipment being provided given the weight of the objects, which led to you becoming injured, liability for you becoming injured at work rests with your employer. Therefore you could be entitled to make a workplace manual handling compensation claim. If your employer provided you with the correct manual handling training or equipment to complete your task, it may be harder to prove their liability. We recommend that you call Accident Claims UK to discuss your accident’s circumstances to see if you can make a manual handling accident claim and sue your employer.

Back Injury Manual Handling Claims

Back injuries are one of the most common forms of injuries caused by manual handling accidents, and unfortunately, they can be some of the most painful and debilitating. Back injuries can cause chronic pain, restrict walking and movement and in some cases can even cause paralysis. Remember that employers are required by law to provide employees with a safe environment in which to work. If your back injury was caused by negligence on your employer’s part (for example, requiring you to lift a heavy object without the correct training, you could be owed back injury compensation payouts which could be worth tens of thousands of pounds. For more information about claiming a back injury payout, call Accident Claims UK to see if you could legitimately receive compensation for your manual handling injury claims.

Manual Handling Accident Compensation For Muscle Sprains

Manual handling accidents can also cause muscle strain injuries. How do muscle sprain injuries happen? Muscle sprains are caused by the muscles or tendons being overstressed, being pulled or twisted. This can happen gradually over a period of time or suddenly. Manual handling injuries can cause muscle or tendon sprains if the sufferer has repetitively overstressed themselves carrying out a task, for example, repeatedly reaching for items that are too high or slightly out of reach.

Although it seems like the employee made a mistake, if the employer did not the correct training, equipment, a necessary partner to lift the item or demand that an employee lift a heavy object despite their injuries, they could be liable for muscle sprain that the employee experience. Have you experienced a muscle sprain or tendon sprain injury due to a manual handling accident at work? Call Accident Claims UK to see if you are entitled to make a workplace accident compensation claim. If you have a legitimate case for injured at work compensation, we would love to represent your manual handling accident claims.

Healthcare Worker Manual Handling Injuries

According to the Health and Safety Executive, people working in the health and social care sectors such as care home and nursing home staff are the most likely to suffer from manual handling injuries. This is understandable because healthcare workers often have to lift, position, manoeuvre or support immobile patients, sometimes without assistance and under pressure. Undertaking this work regularly can cause injuries such as strained muscles, torn ligaments, lower back pain, slipped discs and disc degeneration. Therefore, employers in the healthcare sector should be providing healthcare workers with the training needed to protect staff from these injuries and see to it that they have colleagues or equipment to help them lift where necessary.

If the employer has neglected to do so, they may be liable for the claimant’s injuries, and the claimant may be entitled to make a manual handling injury claim for compensation. If you work in the healthcare sector and have suffered a manual handling injury due to negligence on the part of your employer, call Accident Claims UK to see if you are entitled to claim manual handling accident compensation.

Other Common Causes Of Manual Handling Injuries

What are other common causes of manual handling injuries there in the workplace? Some examples are listed below:

  • Slips, trips and falls: broken or uneven floors, wet floors or slippery floors can cause slip, trip, and fall accidents while employees are engaged in manual handling activities.
  • Insufficient breaks: Working for a prolonged period without a break can cause repetitive strain injuries and manual handling injuries.
  • Lack of equipment: Expecting employees to move goods using manual handling methods which are too heavy and require specialist equipment such as a forklift truck can further endanger the employee.

If you have experienced a manual handling injury at work in an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim thousands of pounds in workplace accident compensation. Call Accident Claims UK, and based on accidents at work compensation examples comparable to yours, we will be able to estimate how much compensation you could receive from your manual handling injury claims.

Can You Claim Compensation If You Were Not Correctly Trained?

The answer is yes. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers are liable for their employees’ health, safety, and welfare. That means if your employer required you to engage in manual handling activities but neglected to train you on how to conduct those activities safely, they are responsible for your injuries. This means that you could be able to make a manual handling claim for compensation if inadequate training caused the injury. Call Accident Claims UK today to see if you can claim compensation. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Employee Manual Handling Injuries

Employees who suffer a manual handling injury are entitled to make a workplace manual handling compensation claim if their employer is responsible for their injuries. According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 employers are responsible for providing employees with a safe, hazard-free working environment. This includes conducting regular risk assessments and removing hazards that could endanger employees’ health and safety. What’s more, they are obliged to follow recommended guidelines and regulations on how manual handling activities are to be conducted.

If these regulations and guidelines are not followed, and it leads to you suffering a manual handling accident, your employer could be held liable for your injuries. In some circumstances, a building owner or equipment may be liable for your injuries. And if this is the case, you could file manual handling injury claims.

Manual Handling Injuries And Accidents Suffered By the Public

Let’s look at public environments for manual handling accident claims. If you are a member of the public who has suffered a manual handling injury that is not your fault, it may be more difficult to establish liability. Establishing liability will differ, depending on where you experienced your accident. If your accident happened in a privately owned establishment such as a pub, restaurant or shop, 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 the proprietor deliberately or unintentionally neglected their duty of care towards their customers, which resulted in a manual handling accident taking place, they may be held liable for your injuries. You can sometimes claim for accidents in a public place such as a pavement or town centre if your local council runs the area. Read on for further details about the incidents which could lead to manual handling accident claims.

What Are The Long Term Effects Of A Manual Handling Injury?

If you experience a manual handling injury, the long-term effects can, unfortunately, be just as debilitating as the long-term effects. This could mean that you experience long-term pain and suffering as a result of your injury. This could include prolonged physical damage that can give you chronic pain or affect your mobility.

You can also experience psychological damage, such as loss of confidence or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The physical damage you can experience due to a manual handling injury could also have a detrimental effect on your career or earning potential. You may even have to retrain to start a new career. This means that your manual handling injury could have detrimental long-term consequences on your quality of life. The severity of your injury and the long-term effect your injury may have on your overall quality of life will affect how much manual handling accident compensation you may be able to claim.

To help your solicitor decide what your claim is worth, a GP or qualified specialist doctor will assess how severe your injuries are, the extent of your pain and suffering, how much time it may take for you to recover from your injuries and what treatment will be required to do so. The effect your injuries have and could have in the future on your career and income will also be taken into account when determining how much compensation you are entitled to for your manual handling injury claims.

Could I Make Manual Handling Injury Claims For A Fatal Accident?

As you can see below, the HSE statistics related to fatal accidents at work do not include any specific manual handling incidents. However, it could be possible for someone to suffer a fatal manual handling accident. If an employer could be held responsible for an employee’s fatal accident at work, a family member could claim on their behalf. Compensation could help towards funeral expenses and could provide a bereavement award for relatives of the deceased person.

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What Is The Best Way To Begin A Personal Injury Claim For A Manual Handling Injury?

If you wish to make a personal injury claim for a manual handling injury you experienced that was not your fault, Accident Claims UK can help you claim the compensation for your injuries that you are entitled to. To help your solicitor build a strong case, you can collect evidence to support your manual handling accident claim.

Here are some ways to collect evidence to support your personal injury claim:

  1. Take photographs: If you can take photographs of the hazard that caused your injury and any physical effects your injuries had on your body (such as bruises or swelling) to serve as evidence of your injury and the defendant’s liability.
  2. See a doctor: It is wise to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible for the sake of your health. A doctor will also give you a full medical report, which will serve as evidence for making your manual handling accident claim.
  3. Keep records of your expenses: You will be able to claim back any expenses associated with injury as part of your special damages. These expenses will also serve as evidence in your manual handling injury claim.

Manual Handling Accident Compensation Calculator

If you were looking for a claims calculator to give you a specific amount that you would receive in compensation, this would simply not be possible. Every single claim is assessed on its own merit. The circumstances and facts of each accident must be assessed, and the level of injury suffered would dictate the amount of compensation you receive. During your compensation claim, you would need to go to see an independent medical expert. The expert would take details of your injury and examine you, asking questions about how you had suffered. Once they had assessed you, they would write a medical report which courts and lawyers could view alongside the Judicial College Guidelines to ascertain an appropriate value for your claim. The table below contains figures from the Judicial College Guidelines, to give you a rough idea of how much you could claim. The figures below relate to general damages, which include the loss of amenity, suffering and pain you have experienced.

Injury typeSeveritySettlement bandNotes
Ankle injuriesMinorUp to £12,900May include more mild or minor soft tissue injuries.
Ankle injuriesModerte£12,900 to £24,950May include more simple breakes or fractures which can be fully recovered from.
Ankle injuriesVery serious£29,380 to £46,980Longer-term injuries and loss of function.
Knee injuriesModerate£13,920 to £24,580Victim may experience some temporary loss of function.
Knee injuriesSerious£65,440 to £90,290Serious fractures or breaks in the knee. Injuries will be long-term.
Back injuriesMinorUp to £2,300More minor and temporary soft tissue injuries.
Back injuriesModerate£26,050 to £36,390Injuries to the muscles or connective tissues.
Back injuriesSerious£85,470 to £151,070Broken back or other more serious and permanent injuries.

Special Damages For Manual Handling Injury Claims

When it comes to claiming compensation, manual handling claims could involve special damages too. These are designed to compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses you have sustained due to your injuries and accident. They could include loss of earnings, as well as travel and medical expenses and even care costs. If you would like to speak to us about what special damages you could be eligible for, please contact our team.

No Win No Fee Manual Handling Injury Claims

If you choose to make a manual handling injury claim for compensation with Accident Claims UK, we will offer you the option of making a No Win No Fee claim. No Win No Fee means that you still get the same great service from your solicitor that you should expect, but you benefit from not having to pay an upfront fee. Instead, you will only pay your solicitor’s fee if you win, out of your back injury compensation payout, or manual handling injury compensation payout. For many claimants, it is the more affordable, less financially risky method of claiming the compensation that you are owed. Call Accident Claims UK today to talk about the option of making a No Win No Fee compensation claim.

Why Use Accident Claims UK As Your Claims Management Service?

Accident Claims UK is a trusted personal injury firm. Our personal injury solicitors have an excellent track record of winning manual handling accident claims for claimants like you. We will always strive to win you as much manual handling injury compensation as we can. If you think you may be owed manual handling injury compensation, call us today to see if you have a legitimate claim. Considering your circumstances, we can tell you what your claim is worth and match you to an expert personal injury solicitor who will handle your manual handling accident claims. Call us today to get started; we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Useful Links Relating To Manual Handling Claims

An Accident Claims UK Guide to Slips, Trips and Falls Claims
Find out more information about what injuries you could sustain as well as how to make a successful slip, trip, or fall claim.

A Health And Safety Executive Guide to Manual Handling Injuries
The Health and Safety Executive guide to manual handling accident and injuries.

Head Injury Guide
Why not take a look at our guide to learn more information about head injury claims.

Accident at Work Guide
Please take a look at our guide to learn more information about workplace accident claims.

Supermarket Accident Guide

Find out how you could claim after being injured in an accident caused by negligence at the supermarket.

Manual Handling Injury Claims FAQs

How do you handle accidents in the workplace?

If you happen to be involved in an accident at work, you may question what measures to consider? You should take into consideration:

  • Take photographs of the cause of the accident.
  • Collect the contact information of any witnesses to the incident.
  • Report the incident to your employer and get a copy of your accident log.
  • Seek medical attention.

What is the most common cause of accidents in the workplace?

  • Slips, trips and falls.
  • Manuel handling.
  • Hit by a moving object.

What are the most common workplace accidents?

As outlined by the HSE, these are some of the most updated statistics:

  • Work-related ill-health cases (new or long-standing) in 2019/20.
  • Workers sustaining a non-fatal injury in 2019/20.
  • Fatal injuries to workers in 2019/20.
  • Working days lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2019/20.

What injuries can be caused by manual handling?

These include sprains, strains, ligament damage, back muscle injuries, nerve damage, joint degenerations and shoulder injuries.

Which injury is most common for manual handling?

This is any work-related musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).

What are the steps in safe lifting?

This is about keeping a wide base, squatting while only bending at the knees and hips and maintaining good posture. Then, it’s about lifting slowly by not straightening your back and holding the load close to the body. Finally, you should use your feet to change direction slowly.

Why is pushing easier than lifting?

This is because you require more force and strength to lift an item rather than pushing it.

Can you refuse to lift heavy objects at work?

Employers who consider their staff’s wellbeing will understand if a member of staff says they cannot lift a heavy object.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on manual handling injury claims. We hope you have learned a lot about manual handling claims.