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Home > News > Work accident compensation for manual worker

28th February 2011

Work accident compensation for manual worker

A manual worker, our client in this work accident compensation claim suffered a serious neck injury when his employer ignored complaints that temporary changes to the workplace were causing him difficulties in carrying out his duties.

Our specialist work accident compensation lawyers negotiated fiercely and secured a substantial sum in accident compensation following his work-related injury that resulted in the need for him to make significant life-changing decisions.

Manual handling injury

During temporary, but lengthy changes to the workplace instigated by the defendant, our client was forced several times a day, to manually lift a trolley containing heavy steel items over a raised metal platform. Originally this task had been designated a three-man job, but due to ongoing circumstances, our client more often than not found himself carrying out the lifting operation on his own.

Neck injury as a result of a work accident

Suffering constantly from pain in his shoulder and neck, unable to sleep due to the pain, with the added discomfort of pins and needles in his hands, our client was eventually sent for an MRI Scan. He was diagnosed with a prolapsed disc and had to undergo surgery.

Unfortunately, although the initial surgery was successful, during the following months, his condition deteriorated, and he had to undergo several further surgical procedures in an effort to reduce his pain. Each procedure has left a permanent visible scar at the site of the surgery.

Although he has received some relief, he has been advised that he should not carry out manual work in future and he even experiences considerable difficulty in carrying out household tasks, or playing with his children.

Now registered disabled, it is unlikely that he will ever be able to return to full-time employment and he has been forced to leave the area and rely on the support of his family.

Breaching regulations

The defendant, our client’s employer, admitted liability for his injuries, and the fact that they had been in breach of several areas of statutory duty and regulations, including the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

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

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