This guide will explore when you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim if you sustained a wrist injury at work when lifting. It will discuss the requirements for seeking compensation, including the eligibility criteria that need to be met and the time limits for putting forward a claim. Additionally, we will discuss the evidence that you may need to provide in order to prove liability and support your case.
Manual handling covers the act of pulling, pushing, carrying, lifting and lowering. There could be a risk of injury if these are not carried out correctly. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), more than a third of all workplace injuries are caused by manual handling. We will explore how these types of accidents could occur leading to an injury in more detail throughout our guide.
Additionally, we will explore the duty of care employers owe to prevent injury to employees in the workplace and how this duty could be breached.
For more information, you can get in touch with one of our advisors. They can answer any questions you might have regarding your potential workplace accident claim. Also, they can assess whether you have valid grounds to seek personal injury compensation. If you do, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel to represent your claim. To learn more, you can:
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- I Sustained A Wrist Injury At Work When Lifting – What Accident At Work Compensation Could I Receive?
- Can I Claim If I Hurt My Wrist In A Lifting Injury At Work?
- How Could You Sustain A Wrist Injury At Work When Lifting?
- Do I Need Evidence To Claim For A Lifting Injury At Work?
- Use No Win No Fee Lawyers To Make An Accident At Work Claim
- Additional Information On Workplace Accident Claims
I Sustained A Wrist Injury At Work When Lifting – What Accident At Work Compensation Could I Receive?
After making a successful personal injury claim, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the different ways your injuries have affected you.
Firstly, you could be awarded compensation to address the physical pain and mental suffering your injuries have caused you. This is awarded under general damages.
In order to accurately calculate the value of this head of claim, solicitors can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. The JCG is a publication which contains guideline award brackets, some of which we have included in the table below. Please only use these as a guide, however, because each settlement is different.
Injury Guideline Value Notes
(a) Wrist Injuries £47,620 to £59,860 Complete function of the wrist has been lost.
(b) Wrist Injuries £24,500 to £39,170 Permanent disability that is significant but there still remains some useful movement.
(c) Wrist Injuries £12,590 to £24,500 Less severe injuries resulting in a permanent disability, such as ongoing pain and stiffness.
(d) Wrist Injuries £6,080 to £10,350 Recovery from a soft tissue injury is longer than 12 months but largely complete.
(e) Wrist Injuries In the region of £7,430 Colles' fracture that isn't complicated in nature.
(f) Wrist Injuries £3,530 to £4,740 Soft tissue injuries that require a plaster or bandage for a matter of weeks.
Special Damages For A Wrist Injury Due To Lifting At Work
You could also receive compensation for the financial losses you have experienced due to your injuries under special damages. For example, you could seek reimbursement for the cost of:
- Medical care
- Lost income
You should keep hold of any financial documentation as evidence of these losses. For example, you could provide payslips to demonstrate a loss of earnings has occurred or travel tickets to highlight the cost of taking public transport.
For an accurate estimate of how much your claim is worth, please get in touch with an advisor on the number above.
If you have sustained a wrist injury at work when lifting, you may wonder whether you could make a personal injury claim. In order to do so, you need to meet a set of criteria:
- Firstly, you need to prove that your employer owed you a duty of care at the time and place of the accident.
- Secondly, it needs to be proven that there was a breach of duty.
- Thirdly, you need to show that this breach led to you becoming injured. Together, these points form the basis of negligence.
Employers owe their employees a duty of care to as set out by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As per the legislation, they need to take steps that are considered both practicable and reasonable as a way to prevent their employees from becoming harmed while carrying out their work duties and while in the workplace.
If your employer failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you and you became injured as a result, please get in touch on the number above. An advisor can provide further guidance on eligibility to help you understand whether you could seek personal injury compensation.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 states that employers need to, so far as is reasonably practicable, avoid any manual handling activities that pose a risk of harm to employees. In some cases, this may not be possible. In these instances, an employer needs to perform a risk assessment of any manual handling tasks and take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of harm posed. There are several ways they could reduce the risk of injury, including:
- Making the load smaller, lighter or easier to grip.
- Making changes to the workplace as a way to reduce carrying distances and unnatural lifting positions.
- Ensuring the person carrying out the tasks has had enough training to do so safely.
A failure to do so could lead to the following manual handling accidents and injuries:
- An employer may have failed to provide any manual handling training to their employee before asking them to move stock around a warehouse. As a result, they lift the items incorrectly and sustain a soft tissue injury to their wrist.
- There may not have been a risk assessment performed by an employer before manual handling tasks were carried out. As a result, an employee might lift items above the recommended weight for their height causing them to sustain a wrist injury.
How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Wrist Injury At Work When Lifting?
Usually, you will have three years from the accident date to begin your personal injury claim. This is set out by the Limitation Act 1980, however, there are exceptions that could apply in specific circumstances.
To discuss the specific accident that caused you a wrist injury at work when lifting, get in touch with an advisor. They can help you understand when you could be eligible to begin an injury at work claim and how long you have to start legal proceedings.
In order to strengthen your claim, you should provide sufficient evidence to prove an injury at work was caused by your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you. Examples of the evidence you could gather include:
- CCTV footage of an accident
- A diary of your treatment and symptoms
- A copy of your medical records
- Photographs of your injury
- Contact details of witnesses
A personal injury solicitor from our panel could help you gather evidence to support your claim. They can also collate and present this evidence as part of the claims process. For more information on the services they offer, you can speak with an advisor. They may be able to connect you with a solicitor to begin working on your case.
The No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel have experience handling personal injury claims for an accident at work. They could offer their services under a kind of contract known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. Usually, this allows you access to their services without making upfront or ongoing payments. Also, upon the completion of an unsuccessful claim, no fee will be taken for the work they have completed on your case.
In the event of a successful claim, a solicitor will take a minor success fee. This is deducted as a percentage of your compensation. However, the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 caps this amount.
You can speak to one of our friendly advisors for free to learn more about manual handling claims. They may connect you with a solicitor from our panel if they find you have valid grounds to seek compensation. For more information, you can:
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