Many personal injury at work cases could easily be avoided

This week is Back Care Awareness Week. Launched by the National Accident Helpline, it hopes to highlight the number of personal injury claims that could be avoided if proper training was provided for employees.

A large proportion of personal injuries at work are caused by back injuries. This type of injury normally happens when somebody is lifting, moving, or shifting something heavy without having been trained in handling procedures. Of course, these injuries can also happen in the home and during leisure activities.

3,000 of the 8,000 people who phone the National Accident Helpline every year have suffered a work-related back injury. That’s 37.5% of all back injury sufferers. Generally the accident was caused by bad handling procedures, inappropriate equipment or slips and trips.

The National Accident Helpline consumer director, Beth Powell, pointed out that employers have a duty to make sure that workplaces are safe and employees receive the correct equipment and training to carry out their job safely.

Recently there have been various cases where sufferers have received personal injury compensation for back-related accidents at work.

In one case, an ambulance technician was awarded an out-of-court settlement of £55,000 after injuring his back whilst helping to carry a patient. His injury was so bad that he had to retire in medical grounds.

In another case, a personal injury solicitor won £85,000 plus costs for a client who injured his back after his foot got caught up in some computer cabling next to his workstation. The case was brought on a No Win, No Fee basis and was also settled out-of-court.

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