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Home > News > Work accident compensation for NHS worker

2nd August 2010

Work accident compensation for NHS worker

Our client in this accident at work suffered a serious injury in a manual handling accident. Our specialist work accident compensation solicitors were able to secure a six-figure sum in manual handling compensation when our client was unable to return to work.

Rejecting unsatisfactory offers of work accident compensation

The NHS Trust had accepted liability but, after rejecting several unsatisfactory offers in accident compensation, we were forced to issue court proceedings. However, before the trial date, we were able to negotiate an appropriate level of accident compensation for our client’s suffering and loss of congenial employment.

Manual handling accident

This manual handling accident had occurred when our client had been lifting a heavy piece of equipment and was attempting to manoeuvre it within a confined and awkward space. The item weighed approximately 50kgs and should not have been lifted without lifting equipment.

Manual handling injuries

As our client attempted to carry out this task, he felt pain in his back. His injury then affected his mobility and left him with heaviness and loss of power in his leg. He continued to suffer pain and stiffness in his lower back and was unable to carry out his duties, which involved frequent manual handling activities. His employment was terminated and he will continue to be at a disadvantage in the open labour market.

Breaching regulations

In allowing our client to carry out this task, his employer, the defendant, had breached several areas of statutory duty and regulations, including the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The breaches related to the failure of the defendant to carry out a risk assessment which would have identified that the equipment was too heavy to be lifted by our client.

Making a claim for work accident compensation

Should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your claim, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you. We have extensive experience in all types of accident at work claims, whether it was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, or some other cause.

Our specialist 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 accident compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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