Man suffers serious back injury through manual handling accident. He received accident compensation
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8th July 2013

Manual handling accident at work for man employed as a handler

Our specialist work accident compensation lawyers represented this client when he was injured in an accident at work. After advising him to reject an initial offer, they were able to secure many thousands of pounds for his serious back injury, which has left him unable to work.

Manual handling accident

Our client was working with a colleague in a confined environment, offloading boxes delivered to their location. The container was intended for light packages only, typically around 5 kilos. Due to the restricted height (approximately 4 feet) our client was required to work on his knees, pulling the packages towards him and out to his colleague.

As he removed a package from the top of a stack of 3 towards the rear of the container, he realised it was heavier than normal and it pulled him over, injuring his back. On inspection, the package was approximately 25 kilos, and had been loaded with the heavy package label facing away from our client. The package should not have been loaded in this area, which is designated only for light packages, and this was compounded by facing the label so that anyone offloading would not be able to see it.

Injuries from manual handling accident

Our client was in immediate pain and given the confined space found it extremely difficult to get out of the area. Colleagues came to his assistance and he was taken by ambulance to Hospital.

He was completely immobile for several weeks but following physiotherapy and other treatments, his condition did improve. However, he is unable to carry out even basic tasks as he cannot sit for long, or walk very far without a stick. He is unable to continue with hobbies such as gardening or walking his dogs.

Making a claim for manual handling accident compensation

Clear Answers' specialist personal injury lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of personal injury compensation claims, particularly accidents at work such as manual handling.

If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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