Types of Work Injury

Back Injuries

Back Injuries at Work Compensation Claims

Lifting and carrying objects are among the main causes of accidents in the British workplace.

The Health & Safety Executive believes that 40% of all injuries that causes a work absence of more than three days arises from lifting injuries. Many of which result in back injuries.

Although most people associate lifting injuries with moving large pieces of equipment (furniture, electronics etc) almost anyone can get injured at work from pulling, pushing, lifting or carry something in the wrong way resulting in back injuries or worse.

Injuries like:

  • Back Pain and Backache Caused by Lifting
  • Sprains and Strains to Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments
  • Trapped Nerves and Sciatica
  • Slipped / Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Conditions, e.g. Arthritis, Tendonitis

Such injuries can arise from a variety of places from building sites to factories, office warehouses, hospitals, banks, laboratories, care homes, farms or shops. Read more »

Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injury Compensation Claims

If you have developed an upper limb disorder, sometimes called repetitive strain injury or de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, tendonitis or tendonitis then you might be entitled to compensation from your employer. Read more »

Dermatitis/Skin Disease

Dermatitis & Skin Disease Compensation Claims

If you have developed a dermatitis or other skin disease at work due to being exposed to substances or other conditions then you might be entitled to compensation from your employer. Read more »

Burns, Lacerations and Scars

Burns, Scars & Lacerations Compensation Claims

Burns, lacerations and scars are a common injury which can occur during the course of your employment.

They maybe caused by working with chemicals, hot applicances to name a few. Read more »

Fractures

Fractures in the Workplace Compensation Claims

Fractures or broken bones at work can occur in all types of working environments including office work to factory work.

The main causes of a fracture can be the result of:

  • Slips
  • Trips
  • Falls
  • A falling objects

There are a range of fracture which you may experience which increase in severity. Read more »

Head Injuries

Head Injuries in the Workplace Compensation Claims

Head injuries can range in severity from a bang to the head which has led to conclusion and headaches to brain injuries which will have a severe impact of your daily living.

This types on injuries at work can occur in all types of working environments including office work to factory work. Read more »

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft Tissue Injuries in the Workplace Compensation Claims

A soft tissue injury can occur in almost any work environment, from offices to factories.

Soft tissue injury at work, can be a relatively minor injuries, which can affect you for longer period and may even sometime cause ongoing permanent injuries. Read more »

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries in the Workplace Compensation Claims

These types of injury can result in paraplagia and quadriplegia.

Spinal injuries can occur in many work environments as they are regularly caused by falls.

The risk is heightened if the fall is from heights such as falling off scaffolding, falling off a roof etc. Read more »

Amputation

Amputation Injuries in the Workplace Compensation Claims

Some serious injuries an result in amuptation.

These types of injuries can occur in many work environments they can be caused by:

  • Faulty or defective equipment
  • Unguarded machinery

These types of injuries are extrememly traumatic and can lead to psychological injuries. Read more »

Crush Injuries

Crush Injuries in the Workplace Compensation Claims

What is a crush injury?

A crush injury occurs when the body or a body part is trapped, pinched or jammed under or between objects. The pressure can harm skin, muscles, nerves or bone, depending on the degree of force.

  • Common causes of crush injuries at work
  • Crush injuries are sadly all too common. Below is a list of the causes of many crush injuries at work. A higher than average number of crush injuries occur on building sites and farms
  • Dropping heavy objects
  • Being hit by vehicles
  • Fork lift trucks
  • Falls from height
  • Trapping limbs in doors
  • Faulty plant and machinery

Types of injury and Treatment

Typical areas of injury are to the following parts of the body:-

  • Finger/thumb/Hand
  • Arm
  • Leg
  • Foot/Toes
  • Chest

In the majority of cases the injury will be bruising and maybe a laceration requiring conservative treatment such as painkillers, strapping or maybe stitches.

Less typical injuries can be more severe leading to complications such as nerve damage or paralysis. Sadly there are still too many cases where crush injury is fatal mainly arising from a crush injury to the head.
Two particular complications of a crush injury can be:-

Compartment Syndrome – This is a serious condition caused by increased pressure in a muscle compartment around the area of the body that was crushed. Suffers have problems with the muscle and nerves around the affected area together with blood flow problems. It is characterised by loss of sensation in an area, paleness of skin, severe pain and weakness of the area.

It is treated generally via a surgical incision that is left open for a period of time allowing the pressure to reduce. However there can be complications especially if it is not treated quickly leading to long term problems and possibly amputation of the limb.

Crush Syndrome – This is also known as Bywater’s Syndrome and occurs as a result of pressure on the muscles that when relieved causes toxins to be released into the bloodstream. These toxins are extremely damaging to the kidneys possibly causing renal failure and ultimately death if not treated.

Treatment includes hydration, relieving the pressure on the affected muscle, dialysis or possibly amputation.

Am I entitled to compensation?

All employees are protected by legislation and laws relating to the workplace. In particular there are a number of laws designed to protect employees from crush injuries. Below is a list of some of the laws that apply in the workplace and how they should protect you:-

Safe system of work – In all workplaces there should be systems in place advising employees how to work safely. Operating plant or machinery can be very dangerous of the wrong procedures are not in place. An employer that has no such systems or has not trained his employees properly will be liable if an employee is subsequently injuries. It is not enough just to say that there are safe working methods but also that they have been properly implemented.

Personal Protective Equipment – Basically this means that an employer has a duty to provide his employees with safety equipment and should ensure that it is used. A classic example of this is the building injury. Many crush injuries are avoided by the use of hard hats and steel toe-capped boots. Failure to have proper safety equipment and ensuring that it is used correctly would lead to a successful compensation claim.

Manual Handling – This is the method by which anything is lifted/carried. Clearly heavy objects could injure your back if lifted incorrectly but can also lead to a crush type injury. An employer who fails to give training or asks you carry objects that are awkward or too heavy might be liable to pay compensation if you are injured.

What do I do next:-
Contact one of our expert Solicitors now either via our Freephone number or send us an email. We will call you back as soon as possible and advise you as to whether or not you have a claim.
Apart from compensation you might be entitled to rehabilitation help such as physiotherapy at no cost to you.

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