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What are manual handling injury claims?

A manual handling injury claim is a legal case filed by someone who has been hurt while lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling objects at work. These injuries can happen in various jobs, like lifting heavy boxes in a warehouse or moving furniture as a mover. When someone gets injured due to improper lifting techniques, unsafe working conditions, or lack of training, they may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can help cover costs of recovery, lost wages, and other expenses caused by the injury. At Fletchers, our team are experts in manual handling law, and can offer specialised legal support to help you seek compensation for your injuries.

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Can I make a manual handling injury claim?

If you or a loved one has suffered a manual handling injury at work, which was not your fault, you may be eligible to pursue a manual handling injury claim. Contact our experts today for a free assessment of your case and find out whether you have a claim.

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What are the most common manual handling injuries?

In the workplace, specific manual handling injuries are quite common, often affecting areas like the back, hands, and feet. Here are some of the most common manual handling injuries we have experienced with previous clients:

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Hand and Arm Injuries

Since manual handling tasks often involve using the hands extensively, hand injuries are quite common. These injuries can occur either from handling objects themselves or from how objects are positioned. Examples of hand injuries at work include broken fingers, cuts, burns, strains, and fractures.

Foot Injuries

Workers in manual handling jobs may experience foot injuries, particularly if they don’t wear protective footwear. Dropping objects on the foot or mishandling them can lead to injuries like crushed or broken bones. These injuries can happen when objects slip from your grip, are held incorrectly, are dropped suddenly, or are placed improperly on the ground.

Strains and Sprains

When you strain or sprain a part of your body during manual handling, it can lead to ongoing problems. Strains or sprains often happen when too much weight is placed on areas like the legs, wrists, or arms, causing muscles to be stretched beyond their limit. Symptoms can include bruising, pain around the affected joint, swelling, and difficulty moving the area properly.

Back, Neck, and Shoulder Injuries

These types of injuries are frequently seen in manual handling tasks, usually due to using incorrect lifting techniques. Your back is particularly vulnerable during manual handling, and while back injuries might not seem severe at first, they can lead to long-term health issues. Shoulder injuries, such as dislocations, can occur from lifting objects improperly or attempting to lift something too heavy. This can result in tearing of ligaments, muscles, or tendons.

Cuts, Bruises, or Fractures

Handling sharp tools or equipment can easily lead to cuts. Additionally, bruising or even fractures can occur from manual handling, which might keep you out of work for an extended period.


Manual handling work can also put you at risk of developing a hernia, especially when lifting heavy objects or straining suddenly. When you strain your muscles, it can lead to a hernia, which is more common in older individuals. Sometimes, surgery is needed to fix a hernia.

How are manual handling injuries treated?

Considering the wide range of injuries that can result from manual handling, there are various treatment options available to address them, including:

Strains and Bruises 

For strains and bruises, initial treatment typically involves rest, applying ice, compression, and elevating the affected area (known as RICE). While minor strains can often be managed at home effectively, more severe strains may need hospitalisation or surgical intervention.


Treating burns requires careful attention and specialized care. Initially, it’s important to cool the burn with lukewarm water to reduce pain and swelling. For minor burns, applying antibiotic ointment and covering with a sterile bandage can help healing and prevent infection. However, for more severe burns, seeking medical attention is crucial. Healthcare professionals may clean the burn area, apply specialised dressings or creams, and provide pain relief medication. In severe cases, surgery or skin grafts might be necessary for deeper burns. Proper wound care, pain management, and infection prevention are vital for optimal healing and recovery.

Fractures and Dislocations

Fractures and dislocations may require surgery or physical therapy to promote proper healing and restore function. Physical therapy helps in regaining strength and mobility after the injury, while surgery might be necessary to realign bones or stabilise fractures for proper healing.

Why Choose Fletchers?

Choosing Fletchers means choosing a dedicated team of manual handling injury solicitors. Our experts have successfully handled many manual handling injury claims. Ranked among the leading lawyers in clinical negligence and personal injury in the UK, we pride ourselves on providing a personal service. The Legal 500 Directory 2024 highlights our “commitment to using technology effectively and offering a supportive, client-focused approach.” Fletchers is your trusted partner, ensuring you’re not alone in seeking justice.

Manual handling injuries FAQs  

How much time do I have to make a manual handling injury claim?

When starting a manual handling injury claim, it’s important to know about the time limits involved. Typically, you have three years from when the accident happened or when you realised you were injured to make a claim. However, there are exceptions, especially if the claim involves a minor or someone who can’t make decisions for themselves. Regardless of your situation, it’s crucial to get help and advice from our team of solicitors as soon as possible.

How much does it cost to make a manual handling injury claim?

When filing a manual handling injury claim, the burden of legal fees should not be a worry. By choosing Fletchers Solicitors, you secure a No Win No Fee agreement, eliminating any upfront costs. Even in the event of an unsuccessful outcome, there are no charges. Our fee is only applicable upon a successful claim and is predetermined. This arrangement allows you to pursue your case without financial obligations. Rest assured; our team specialised in manual handling laws and are devoted to guiding you through the entire claims process.

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