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Home > News > Accident compensation for shoulder injury

26th April 2010

Accident compensation for shoulder injury

The defendant in this work accident compensation claim, our client’s employer, refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement following her manual handling injury, though our specialist work accident lawyers were able to negotiate two interim payments for our client.

When no reasonable offer was forthcoming, our lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings. However, before the trial date, they were able to negotiate over £65,000 in work accident compensation.

Breaching the employer’s duty of care

This claim for accident compensation was brought on the grounds that the employer had breached Regulation 4 of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. They had failed to properly assess the risks in our client having to collect the boxes and carry them up the stairs. She was not provided with any training or instructions. They had also failed to provide a suitable trolley for transporting the boxes via the stairway.

Work accident

When our client, an administrative assistant, was asked to collect boxes from another department, she first asked if anyone was available to assist her. When no one was available, she took a trolley and went to collect the boxes herself.

As the boxes were on another floor, and there was no lift in the building, she attempted to take the trolley down the stairs. Our client had to use all her strength to control the heavy trolley, and in doing so, she injured her shoulder. Her immediate symptoms as a result of this manual handling injury, included numbness, swelling in her hand and fingers, and she was unable to lift her arm.

Manual handling injury

Following a visit to her GP and several sessions of physiotherapy, an MRI scan revealed that she had suffered a soft tissue injury (a tear) to the deltoid muscle in her shoulder. Although she underwent surgery to repair this injury, she remains in some pain and discomfort and suffers severely reduced mobility in her arm and shoulder.

Making a claim for work accident compensation

Should you decide to instruct Clear Answers to represent you in your claim for personal injury compensation, our teams of specialist injury at work lawyers are waiting to help you. Whether it was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, or some other cause, we have extensive experience in all types of work accident compensation claims.

Our personal injury lawyers will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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