Lifting heavy items is one of the most common reasons why people sustain back injuries and, when it happens in the course of your employment, you may be entitled to make a lifting injury compensation claim.
Not all injuries sustained from lifting in the workplace allow you to claim for compensation. It is only those where your employer has demonstrated negligence – or a lack of care – that enable you to make a lifting injury compensation claim.
The distinction between a back injury caused by your own manual handling of a heavy package and that which is caused by an area of negligence by your employer is quite hard to determine. Employers are cautious of lifting injury compensation claims and have a responsibility to ensure that their work places are a safe environment in which to work, and that any potential risks to their employees health is minimised. Only when it can be proved that an employer´s lack of care led to an injury from lifting a heavy item can it be possible to make a lifting injury compensation claim.
Making a Lifting Injury Compensation Claim
Whatever injuries you may have sustained from lifting a heavy item, it is always recommended that you visit the accident and emergency department of your local hospital or make an appointment to see your family doctor. Back injuries may not only be muscular. They have the potential to develop into long term health issues and it is in your best interests to ensure that what may appear no more than a minor inconvenience receives a precautionary examination.
It is also recommended that, if you are considering making a lifting injury compensation claim that a record of your injury be entered into your employers “Accident Report Book”, as both this record and your medical records will be required to support a lifting injury compensation claim by the Injuries Board of Ireland. Furthermore, evidence of the lifting injuries you have sustained may be required should your employer dispute his liability in your lifting injury compensation claim and the assessment of the claim has to be judged in court.
To help you with any doubts that you may have in respect of whether or not you are entitled to make a lifting injury compensation claim, we have established a free telephone advice service which enables you to put all your questions to an experienced personal injury claims solicitor.
Our solicitor is familiar with lifting injury compensation claims, and will be able to offer accurate and helpful advice to you should you have sustained an injury through lifting a heavy object when your employer should have provided an alternative method of moving the item. Call us now on 1-800 989 995 or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
Our solicitors are fully aware of the misery that a back pain can cause, and through your lifting injury you may well have also pulled tendons on your shoulders, damaged your hamstrings or created long term health issues with your knees. Our primary concern is that where there is a case for a lifting injury compensation claim, you receive a fair and adequate compensation settlement for the injuries you have received.
We will therefore ask you to explain to us how the injury occurred, what medical attention you received and how the lifting injury is currently affecting your quality of life. Any questions that you would like to ask us are more than welcome, and we will do our best to answer them for you. If you are unable to get to a phone yourself because it is too painful, we are also happy to speak with a family member or close friend calling on your behalf.
Once we have the basic scenario that caused your lifting injury, we will determine if you have a case which it is worth your while to pursue for a lifting injury compensation claim. If so, our solicitors will explain the procedures for making a lifting injury compensation claim against your employer, how long we anticipate it is likely to take and, wherever possible, give you a general idea of the amount of lifting injury compensation you could expect to receive.
Whether you choose to accept any of the advice offered to you by our personal injury claims solicitors is entirely down to you, but should you decide to proceed with a lifting injury compensation claim, our solicitors will be prepared to compile a case for you which maximises your lifting injury compensation claim and ensures that you receive a fair and adequate settlement for you injuries.
It costs nothing to find out what you are entitled to claim or how to go about it- so we look forward to hearing from you soon. If you cannot call us right away on 1-800 989 995, please leave your contact details in our call-back form below, and one of our team will be in touch.