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Manual Handling Injury at Work Claims

Claim compensation for injuries caused by lifting, carrying, or otherwise moving objects in the workplace

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If you have sustained an injury at work through manual handling, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Manual handling includes all kinds of ways of moving objects ‘by hand’ – i.e. without the help of machinery. So if you’ve been lifting, setting down, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy loads and suffered physical harm as a result, you may have grounds for a manual handling injury compensation claim.

Truth Legal’s expert personal injury lawyers have a great deal of experience in claims following an injury at work.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation about your circumstances, with no pressure or obligation to take matters further.

Manual handling injury claims

Many jobs call upon workers to move heavy objects or loads without the use of machinery. This might be a central part of the job, for example when working on a construction site, or in a factory or warehouse. Or it could be an occasional requirement, such as shifting boxes or furniture in a shop or an office environment.

No matter how often you are involved in manual handling, if your employer did not do enough to protect your health and safety, they can be held responsible for your injuries and any other losses which result.

Manual handling can cause injuries to many areas of the body, particularly your back, neck, arms, and feet. Frequently, the consequences can be severe and long-lasting.

When could my employer be responsible for my injury?

Employers have a legal duty to keep their workers safe in the workplace.

With manual handling, the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 also set clear requirements for how such operations should be managed to best protect the health and safety of the workers involved.

For example, your employer might have breached these regulations, and failed in their duty, if they:

  • Did not provide you with appropriate manual handling training
  • Did not conduct a risk assessment (or they did but it was inadequate)
  • Did not provide suitable safety or protective equipment (or they did but the equipment was inadequate or defective)

Your employer can also be held responsible for the conduct of their employees. So if you were injured due to the negligence of a colleague, you may still be able to make a claim against your employer.

Making your manual handling claim with Truth Legal

When starting a claim, you need to be sure that your solicitors are people you can trust and that they will give you the best chances of success. Truth Legal’s specialist personal injury lawyers have extensive experience and knowledge covering manual handling and other kinds of accident at work claim.

We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional service for our clients, as shown by our excellent ratings on TrustPilot and reviewsolicitors.

Our personal injury team offers:

  • A free initial consultation – to discuss your circumstances.
  • Specialist technical knowledge and experience – so you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands.
  • Practical advice – tailored to your situation.
  • Strong representation – fighting for the compensation and outcome you deserve.
  • Support and compassion – friendly, knowledgeable professionals on your side through a difficult time.

If you’d like to know more about claiming with us, read our blog:


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What can I include in my manual handling injury claim?2023-05-03T15:49:26+01:00

There are many ways in which other losses can arise due to your injuries. Often these other losses can be included in your personal injury claim.

With all additional losses, it is important to document them as much as you can so that the loss, and the amount you are claiming for, can be proved.

The list below contains some of the most common kinds of additional loss which, depending on your circumstances, can be included in a claim:

  • Travel expenses – to attend your GP or hospital, for example
  • Medical expenses and treatment costs – such as painkillers or physiotherapy sessions.
  • Care and assistance – if your injuries required a friend or relative to provide significant help in your daily life.
  • Loss of earnings – if you took time off work and did not receive full pay, or you lost bonuses due to your absence.
  • Future losses – if your injuries have shortened your working life, or you have been forced to take a different job because of your injury, which pays less money.

This list doesn’t cover everything you could possibly claim. If you have suffered other losses not mentioned above, then make sure you discuss these with us so we can advise you accordingly.

How much compensation will I receive for a manual handling injury?2023-05-03T15:48:35+01:00

The seriousness of your injuries will largely determine the level of compensation you can claim. Compensation should also take into account the ways in which your life has been affected by your injuries.

This means that many circumstances have to be considered to accurately value the injury compensation to which you are entitled. And you should be wary of ‘valuations’ given by claims calculators and other online gimmicks.

When you instruct Truth Legal, our expert lawyers will value your personal injury claim as soon as they have the information to do so. This ensures that you have a valuation which is founded upon your unique situation.

If you would like to know more about how personal injuries are valued, download our free ebook: The Ultimate Personal Injury Compensation Guide, which also covers the different kinds of losses you may be able to include in your claim.

Will making a manual handling injury claim put my job at risk?2023-05-03T15:47:52+01:00

As mentioned above, your employer has a legal duty to look after your health and welfare at work. If you have suffered an injury due their negligence in performing this duty, you are within your legal rights to make a claim against them.

In addition, employers are required to have employers’ liability insurance, so any claim you make against them should be handled by their insurers.

It is important to be aware that your employer cannot legally fire you for asserting your rights. However, this is not to say that it cannot happen. If an unscrupulous employer wanted to dismiss you for this reason, they might do so, but it would result in much greater legal difficulty for them as you would have clear grounds upon which to make an unfair dismissal claim.

How long do I have to make a manual handling injury claim?2023-05-03T15:47:05+01:00

As with all personal injury claims, there is a time limit for making a manual handling injury claim. This can prevent you from claiming if it runs out.

In general, you must claim within 3 years of the date of your accident.

However, there are rules which can change the time limit, so if you are worried you have left it too long, it is still worth seeking advice.  Whatever your situation, if you are thinking of bringing a personal injury claim, it is always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us today so that we can advise you on your circumstances.

‘No Win No Fee’ manual handling injury claims

Funding optionsFunding a personal injury claim is a common worry for people thinking about making one. This is why Truth Legal tries to help people on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis wherever possible.

A ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreement means that, in the vast majority of situations, you will not have to pay our legal costs if we cannot recover compensation for you.

If we are successful, a small percentage of your award will go towards our fees, with the remainder of our costs being paid by your employer’s insurance company. This is how ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreements usually operate.

You can read more about No Win No Fee Agreements here.

Funding is always something we will discuss with you in full before your claim begins. However, if you have any queries about our fees, please get in touch so that we may explain matters further.

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