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£6,500 for Back Injury sustained after Lifting Heavy Box at Work

01 April 2015

two workers lifting a heavy box

Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Matthew Tomlinson successfully secured £6,500 in compensation for a man who was injured at work when he had to lift a heavy box that wasn’t labelled with the weight. 

Matthew’s client was under pressure at the time of the accident as he had deadlines to meet. He had to lift a box which had no label to warn him how heavy it was and injured his back after lifting it.

It wasn’t until after the event that the box was weighed and found to be 35kg, this is far too heavy for someone to lift by themselves. Therefore, Matthew’s client’s employer was in breach of manual handling regulations by not displaying the weight of the box. 

Manual handling regulations are there for a reason, to ensure employees don’t lift more than they can handle so as to prevent the risk of injury in the workplace.

The original settlement offer from the employer's insurance company was rejected and after negotiation and Matthew settled the case for his client, securing him £6,500 compensation.

Matthew’s client had to take time off work and undergo physiotherapy for his injury and the settlement will enable him to cover those costs.

Matthew Tomlinson is a Senior Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

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