Examples Of Compensation Amounts For Manual Handling Claims In The UK

Have you suffered from a manual handling injury in the workplace due to employer negligence? Do you want to make a manual handling injury claim? This guide will explore how compensation amounts for manual handling claims are calculated using two heads of claim. This guide will also discuss how manual handling injuries can be caused by employer negligence and how to supply the relevant evidence to prove this. 

Manual handling is the transportation of loads. It can involve lifting, pushing, and carrying and can be a common cause of workplace accidents. While manual handling may be necessary for many jobs, your employer should put measures in place to minimise any risk of injury. Failing to reduce these risks can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), for example.

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A Guide To Examples Of Compensation Amounts For Manual Handling Claims

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  1. Examples Of Compensation Amounts For Manual Handling Claims.
  2. When Are You Eligible To Make A Manual Handling Injury Claim?
  3. Manual Handling Injuries That Can Be Caused By Employer Negligence.
  4. Evidence When Claiming Accident At Work Compensation.
  5. Make Manual Handling Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis.
  6. Learn More About Potential Compensation Amounts For Manual Handling Claims.

Examples Of Compensation Amounts For Manual Handling Claims

Any personal injury settlement granted after succeeding a manual handling claim is categorised into two main heads of claim. Firstly, we have general damages, which we will discuss in more detail now. 

General damages regard the physical and mental pain you have suffered due to your injury. For instance, the severity and duration of your pain and disruption to everyday enjoyment, routine, and mentality. 

Personal injury solicitors will often refer to medical records, independent medical assessments along with the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to determine the value of your general damages.

It is not possible to give exact figures in this guide for compensation amounts for manual handling claims as each case is individually assessed, however, what we have provided is a table with guidelines figures taken from the JCG for different injuries of varying severities that could be suffered in a manual handling accident at work. 

Please note that these values are not guaranteed as every manual handling claim is reviewed individually. 

Injuries Table

Injury Severity Compensation amount brackets Comments
Back injury Severe (ii) £74,160 to £88,430 Nerve-root damage, loss of sensation.
Moderate (i) £27,760 to £38,780 Fracture of the lumbar vertebrae, constant pain and discomfort.
Minor (i) £7,890 to £12,510 Where a full recovery is made between two to five years.
Hernia Serious (a) £14,900 to £24,170 Continuing pain and limitation after surgery.
Minor (c) £3,390 to £7,230 Uncomplicated, repaired, no other damage.
Neck Moderate (ii) £13,740 to £24,990 Soft tissue or wrenching-type injury and disc lesion of the more severe type.
Leg Less Serious Leg Injuries (ii) £9,110 to £14,080 Simple femur fracture
Ankle Severe (b) £31,310 to £50,060 Extensive treatment period, ankle instability.
Arm Simple (d) £6,610 to £19,200 Fractured forearm
Wrist Serious (b) £24,500 to £39,170 Permanent disability but some movement remains.

Please bear in mind that whilst you may seek information regarding compensation amounts for manual handling claims in the UK, the information above does not relate to claims in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is because the JCG relates to England and Wales. 

Special Damages When Claiming For A Workplace Accident

Secondly, special damages compensate for all past and potential future financial losses incurred as a result of your injury. Loss of earnings, medical and care costs, and travel expenses fall under this category. Evidence can be provided in the form of payslips and receipts to support this head of claim. 

Here are some examples of special damages with the accompanying evidence that supports them:

  • You need to take time off work during your recovery period post-accident. Payslips, therefore, can show your loss of earnings during this time. 
  • To travel to the hospital for appointments, you require taking the bus. Keeping your public transport tickets can prove your travel expenses. 
  • While in the hospital, you require childcare to look after your children. Bank statements can validate your care costs. 

To find out more about compensation amounts for manual handling claims, our team of advisors can provide this information for you if you get in touch with us. 

When Are You Eligible To Make A Manual Handling Injury Claim?

With any eligible accident at work claim, you must prove that your employer owed a duty of care towards you. 

As stated in The Health And Safety At Work etc. Act 1974, it is a legal requirement for your employer to have taken all reasonable practicable steps to reduce workplace injury. This duty of care, therefore, can be breached if your employer fails to conduct risk assessments to minimise hazards, not train employees so they can carry out their work safely or provide the necessary personal protective equipment. 

Thus, to have a valid personal injury claim following a workplace accident, you must be able to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your employer owed a duty of care to you. 
  • Their actions, or lack thereof, breached this duty of care.
  • Your injury was caused specifically by this breach.

Please contact us today for more information about the potential compensation amounts for manual handling claims if you think you have an eligible work injury claim.

Manual Handling Injuries That Can Be Caused By Employer Negligence bb

Where manual handling tasks are unavoidable, employers must identify any hazardous risks to protect their employees. Before instructing employees to perform a manual handling task, they should at least be aware of the size and weight of the load. This is because there are different recommended lifting weights for employees based on their size and weight. 

Here we look at ways employees could be injured in a manual handling accident at work:

  • If an employer fails to provide appropriate training on how to safely handle loads, for example, no manual handling training, then an employee could suffer back injuries from lifting a load that is too heavy. 
  • An employer fails to provide an employee with the correct steel toe protective footwear when they are working in the workhouse. An employee picks up a load that has the incorrect weight on it, and due to its heaviness, drops the box on their foot, causing a broken bone.
  • An employer fails to regularly maintain equipment needed to perform manual handling tasks. It is stated in The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 that all equipment should be safe to use for its intended purpose. Due to wear and tear, the equipment fails, causing a serious crushing injury.  

The compensation amounts for manual handling claims will depend on the extent of your injury and your accident’s effect on your everyday life. Our panel of solicitors will be happy to discuss your circumstances in more detail. 

Evidence When Claiming Accident At Work Compensation

You will need to provide sufficient evidence of employer negligence for your claim to be valid. Possible types of supporting evidence can consist of the following:

  • Video footage of the incident (such as CCTV).
  • Collecting contact information from any potential witnesses. 
  • Photographs of your injury and the accident site, with the potential hazard. 
  • Copies of your medical records. 
  • A copy of the accident log book at your workplace.

Get in touch with us today, and our advisors can assess the merits of your case in a free no-obligation consultation. If you have a valid accident at work claim following a manual handling injury, you could be connected with a  solicitor from our panel. Should your case be taken on, they will conduct the gathering of any evidence needed to support your claim. 

Make Manual Handling Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could offer to take on your manual handling injury claim should it be valid. They generally work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). 

When working with a solicitor on your personal injury claim under a CFA, you will not need to pay them any fees for the service they provide at the following times:

  • Upfront
  • As the claim moves forward
  • If the claim should fail.

If the manual handling injury claim wins, then the solicitor working under a CFA can take a percentage from the compensation awarded. This has a legal cap, so you receive the majority of the settlement. 

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