Can I Claim For An Injury Caused By No Manual Handling Training?


Learn How To Claim For An Injury Caused By No Manual Handling Training

All employers owe their workforce a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure that when they carry out work tasks, they are safe. In order to fulfil this duty, an employer can, among other things, provide the necessary training needed so that the employee can do their job safely. If an employee is expected to carry out duties that require them to lift, move, push or pull items, it should be assessed whether that employee needs manual handling training. 

In this guide, we will discuss how manual handling training can reduce the risk of injury and how the lack of such could see you injured. Additionally, we will look at what criteria must be met for an employee to be eligible to make a personal injury claim after stuffing an injury in the workplace. This guide will provide examples of how you could be injured if no manual handling training is provided.

As well as explaining the evidence you can obtain to help prove liability and the extent of your suffering, this guide will also look at how accident at work compensation is calculated for a successful claim.

To conclude this guide, we look at the benefits of instructing a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  1. Can I Claim For An Injury Caused By No Manual Handling Training?
  2. How Could No Manual Handling Training Lead To An Injury?
  3. Compensation You Could Receive From A Manual Handling Accident At Work Claim
  4. What Do I Need As Part Of The Personal Injury Claim Process?
  5. Make A No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claim Using Our Panel Of Solicitors
  6. Learn More About Manual Handling Accident Claims

Can I Claim For An Injury Caused By No Manual Handling Training?

Manual handling training should be provided when employees are expected to carry out tasks that require them to transport or support a load. Your training should be relevant to the type of work you carry out, showing you good handling techniques to minimise injury.

Receiving such training will ensure you lift objects correctly to prevent you from being injured. However, if you have been injured at work due to receiving no manual handling training, then it could be that your employer is liable for the harm you have suffered. 

Below are the eligibility criteria when making a personal injury claim following an injury in the workplace:

  1. That your employer owed you a duty of care at the time of the incident. Your employer owes you a duty to take all reasonable steps to keep you safe, under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Furthermore, The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 provides regulation on what employers must do to fulfil their duty of care in relation to manual handling. 
  2. This duty of care owed to you was breached by your employer through their acts or omissions.
  3. You have suffered injuries due to your employer’s breach of their duty of care.

To find out if you have a valid personal injury claim, call our advisors now for a free case assessment.

How Could No Manual Handling Training Lead To An Injury?

The purpose of manual handling training is to minimise the risk of injury. Therefore, without such training, your employer increases your risk of injury. If you don’t receive training, you could:

  • Twist your back whilst lifting a load incorrectly, causing you to suffer a musculoskeletal injury.
  • Lifting an object alone that clearly is a two-person job results in a prolapsed disc.
  • Lifting and carrying an object that is too heavy to be carried without apparatus causing a serious back injury

If you have been injured while moving or supporting a load and have not had any manual handling training, please call our advisors now for a free case assessment. 

Compensation You Could Receive From A Manual Handling Accident At Work Claim

When making a claim, you could receive up to two heads of claim if you’re successful. General damages are guaranteed in every successful claim and compensate you for the pain and suffering your injury has caused. The amount you would be awarded would take into account the following:

  • How severe your injuries are and how they have impacted your life
  • Any loss of enjoyment you have suffered from missing events because of your injuries
  • How long it takes you to recover, and the treatments you needed along the way

To help work out how much you could receive, solicitors can use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG provides compensation brackets for different types of injuries of varying severities. Additionally, solicitors may obtain medical reports to cross-reference with the JCG to help assign values to injuries suffered.

Compensation Table

Injury Guidelines Notes
Neck Severe (ii) £65,740 to £130,930 Fractures or dislocations or severe damage to soft tissues.
Back Severe (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Severe pain and disability with a combination of incomplete paralysis.
Back Severe (ii) £74,160 to £88,430 Nerve root damage with associated loss of sensation and impaired mobility.
Back Severe (iii) £38,780 to £69,730 You would have disc lesions or disc fractures or soft tissue injuries. Following treatment, you would still experience some level of disability.
Back Moderate (ii) £12,510 to £27,760 In this scenario, muscle and ligament issues would occur which cause back ache.
Hand Up to £36,740 Severe fractures of fingers, leading to potential amputations and reduced function.
Serious Shoulder £12,770 to £19,200 Dislocated shoulder, causing pain from your neck, right down to your hand.
Arm £6,610 to £19,200 Simple fractures of your forearm.
Hernia £14,900 to £24,170 Limitation on physical activities and employment.

This table is only to be used as a guide.

Claiming For Financial Losses After A Workplace Accident

Special damages cover costs and expenses caused by your injury:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Travel costs 
  • Medical expenses

You must provide as much evidence as possible such as receipts and pay slips, to be reimbursed for special damages.

What Do I Need As Part Of The Personal Injury Claim Process?

You must prove that your injury resulted from your employer being negligent to make an accident at work claim. Evidence is essential in doing this, as it helps validate your claim and improve your chances of success. Evidence you may want to use includes:

  • CCTV footage of the accident. This footage could prove that you were lifting incorrectly due to receiving no training and show what happened. 
  • Medical records that show the existence and extent of your injuries. 
  • Witnesses’ contact details. In case a statement is needed at a later date. 

A solicitor could help you gather evidence and build your case. Contact our advisors, and they can answer any questions you may have about claiming for an injury caused by no manual handling training. If your case appears to have solid grounds, they may offer to connect you with a No Win No Fee accident at work solicitor from our panel. 

Make A No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claim Using Our Panel Of Solicitors

Legal professionals that work on a No Win No Fee basis may offer to work on your claim via a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. 

This means:

  • No upfront fees needed for the services of your solicitor 
  • No fees needed as the case moves along.
  • If your claim is unsuccessful, no fees needed for the service the solicitor provided. 
  • If you won your claim, your solicitor would take a small, success fee. This is a legally capped percentage of the compensation. 

Our panel of solicitors offer an agreement on this basis and have years of experience. Additionally, you can be certain your time is used well, as they will only take your case if they believe it has a good chance of success. To find out if you can make an accident at work claim, contact us today by:

Learn More About Manual Handling Accident Claims 

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