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Lifting accident claims

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Daily workplace tasks involving manual handling are one of the leading causes of workplace accidents in Scotland. All of these commonplace actions, such as lifting, pulling, carrying, pushing and lowering, have the potential to result in injuries of various severity, from minor soft tissue damage to permanent spinal cord and nerve damage. Manual handling and lifting are some of the most common ways people are injured at work.

If you have been injured in this way, you may be able to make a heavy lifting accident claim against your employer.

This can help you access immediate medical care, such as physiotherapy, to aid your recovery, as well as help to ensure that standards are improved and that no one is injured in the same way in the future.

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To make a claim, it needs to be proved that your employer was negligent. This could be by:

  • Failing to provide training, or not keeping training up to date.
  • Failing to provide appropriate equipment.
  • Failing to ensure heavy items were stored correctly.
  • Failing to provide adequate breaks.

You may also be able to make a claim for a lifting accident if you raised concerns with your employer and these were dismissed.

Lifting accident claims process

Most claims connected to lifting are not for actual accidents (caused by dropping objects for example) but for muscle strains and damage done over time. Some of the most common injuries caused by manual handling are:

  • Slipped discs.
  • Joint injuries.
  • Repetitive strain injuries.

Whatever the nature of your lifting accident injury, the claims process is much the same as any other personal injury claim.

It will begin by giving your statement to one of our team. This helps us to establish exactly what happened and what steps your employer should have taken.

We will then begin to gather evidence. This can include:

  • Medical reports.
  • Witness statements.
  • Expert testimony.

During the claims process we can secure your medical care, such as physiotherapy, to aid your recovery. You don’t need to wait for the claim to be completed to access treatment.

Most claims are settled out of court. If the claim does need to go to court, we will ensure you are supported throughout.

Jones Whyte are here to ensure you get all the compensation you deserve.

Other personal injury claims

Our highly experienced personal injury team has handled many different types of claims. These include:

If you have been injured at work, Jones Whyte are here to help. Find out more about our accident at work claims service today.

Call us on 0330 175 1234 for a free initial consultation if you have any questions or would like to start a claim for a lifting accident. You can also complete the enquiry form, and we’ll get back to you.

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