Back injury through lifting at work? Can you claim compensation?


Some of the most common accident at work compensation claims are for muscular injuries affecting the back. Whether someone is a care worker handling patients, regularly shifting stock in a shop, moving materials on a factory production line or building site, or simply moving boxes in a office, all employers have a responsibility to ensure that staff members are adequately trained and advised as to how to lift items safely. Back injuries like a slipped disc can even be caused by light items if the lifting is not done in the correct manner.

Safe lifting and carrying training is commonly known as manual handling training. Whether or not an employer has provided manual handling training will be very relevant to us reaching a decision as to whether or not there is a valid claim for work accident compensation to be made.

Employer responsibilities – manual handling guidance and training

All good employers will ensure that new staff members undergo a basic induction to the workplace. This will provide general health and safety guidance that is relevant to all employees, such as how to act if a fire alarm sounds, what to do after an accident, how to use the accident book and who the first aid staff are. Alongside this, all staff should be provided with manual handling guidance. This could be as simple as watching a short video showing how to lift and move items safely, how to avoid putting excess stress on the muscles in the lower back and how to safely move items.

If you work for an employer who has not provided this guidance, and you have suffered an injury to your back as a result of lifting and moving items, you may well have a strong claim for manual handing injury compensation. If you have not suffered an injury, but have not been trained, you should advise your employers that they are putting all staff at risk of injury.

Providing training and advice on lifting in the workplace may to many people seem like teaching your granny how to suck eggs, but the consequences of an injury to the muscles of the back can have long lasting implications that can prevent someone from working, being active or able to fulfill their usual day-to-day activities. It is in every employer’s interest to provide such basic training to staff members as it will reduce injuries, reduce costs of staff absences and prevent staff members needing to claim compensation .

As well as training new staff, employers should also ensure that existing staff members are provided with regular refresher training (usually every 3 years) and given any updated advice as and when experts issue such new guidance.

Inadequate environments and unsafe lifting practices

Providing training to staff is not in itself enough to enable an employer to refuse liability for injuries caused to the back through lifting at work. Providing training is one thing, but providing a working environment that enables staff to work safely and in accordance with the training provided is essential. We have regularly helped people claim compensation for back injuries caused through work who have had training from an employer. However, they have been forced to work in small spaces that prevents them from being able to lift and move items as they have been trained to, or not provided with the correct equipment to safely move items.

When it comes to lifting heavy items, there are basic health and safety guidelines that should be followed. It is suggested that no person should attempt to lift an item that exceeds 25kgs in weight without the assistance of a second staff member or hoist. Trolley’s should be provided to move items once lifted as this will reduce the stress placed on the employee’s lower back. If you work for an employer who expects you to lift items of 25kgs or more without assistance, you are likely to suffer an injury at work and if so, would have a very strong claim for compensation.

Criteria for a successful claim

As with all claims for personal injury compensation, those for injuries to the back as a result of an accident at work will only be successful if certain criteria are met. For more details on how to make a successful claim, read our guide to claiming workers’ compensation. The two most important factors are that any injury or accident should be properly reported and recorded with the employer and medical treatment must be sought and received. Most employers provide an accident book system and as an injured party, you MUST ensure that the details of your injury are recorded within the same.

If your employer refuses you access to the accident book, you should contact us for advice. There are still things you can do if no record of the accident has been made. You should also see your GP or attend an A&E department to ensure that the details of your injury are noted on your medical records as this will provide evidence to support your claim at a later stage.

Compensation amounts

Settlement values vary from case to case, and are comprised of what are known as general and special damages. General damages cover the injury itself and the effect it has on your life. For instance, whether the injury affects your ability to earn money, do your job, perform your usual activities outside work and how long you are likely to experience such problems. Special damages cover the financial costs you incur because of the injury – medical treatments, travel expenses, property damage, for example.

The table below provides a guide to average compensation amounts for back injuries suffered at work, not including the special damages element of a claim:

Severity of back injuryCompensation amount
Recovering within a few monthsup to £1,860
Recovering within a few years£1,860 – £6,000
Recovering within 2-5 years£6,000 – £9,500
Permanent symptoms£9,500 – £21,100
Serious permanent symptoms£21,100 – £29,475
Chronic permanent symptoms£29,475 – £53,000
Significant permanent impact£53,000 – £67,200

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  1. Hi
    I am a warehouse worker employed in a small warehouse company where there is an awful lot of lifting and carrying. I have been lifting bags of items packed which weigh between 15 and 25 kgs and as a result have picked up a back injury which has forced me to take time off. The problem is the repetitive moving of the weights which can be up to 50 bags per day being picked up from ground level moved from the packing workstation up to the despatch area manually by hand as there are no lifting aids and then hand lifting again from the warehouse despatch area on to the collecting vehicle. There is also lifting of boxes that are regularly over 25 kgs in weight that are carried by warehouse workers including myself again without any lifting or moving equipment such as a trolley. The only moving equipment in the warehouse is a pump truck for moving of pallets. I have been forced to hand in my notice from this employment after 4 years working there. This is due to me physically struggling with the job, i am now 55. No employee in this company has ever been trained in lifting and handling of loads. I consider this to be employee negligence. Do you think i have a case for complaint? The bad back injury came on overnight so have not filled in accident book as at the time there was no apparent injury suffered. As i said it is an accumulated injury to the repetitive lifting of heavy items.

    • Given the apparent lack of training and guidance in terms of safe manual handling and the apparent lack of equipment to move heavy items safely (trolleys etc), it would appear that your employer has been negligent towards your health and safety.

      Before you leave the company, you should make a written complaint/report to them regarding why you have left and the injury/pain to your back. You should make mention of the lack of training, the repeated heavy lifting and the fact that you are expected to lift items exceeding 25kgs without assistance.

      Once you have done this, you should use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact with us (or call us on 01225430285) so that we can discuss a possible claim for compensation with you. We work on a No Win No Fee basis and given your description of the situation, my initial view is that you have a valid claim for compensation.

  2. Hello I have worked in the NHS for many years. I’m a nurse. My back is so bad I might need to take early retirement but cannot afford to do this.

    • The issue with your back could be work related and if it can be established that your symptoms were made so serious as a result of employer negligence (lack of training, inadequate working equipment etc), you could be able to make a claim against your employer. However, claiming compensation for serious back conditions caused over a long period can be a tough process. The biggest hurdle is likely to be proving the causal link between your work and your back problem and proving that it is not age related degeneration or a pre-existing condition.

  3. Hi I’ve been off work for 5 weeks from my warehouse job with nerve and back pain due to excessive lifting on own at work they have now served me my notice they have provided no manual handling training and put pressure on you to work faster and expect to lift 30kg plus on your own

    • Your employer had an obligation to ensure that you could work safely and that the risk of injury was minimised. For this reason, employers must provide adequate manual handling training to their staff in any workplace where lifting and moving of items is a requirement. Clearly in a workplace like a warehouse, lifting and moving is a pre-requisite of any employees duties and for your employer to not provide you with manual handling training is likely to see them found liable of employer negligence. As you have suffered a debilitating injury to your back as a result of your employers negligence, you have a valid right to make a claim for worplace injury compensation.

      Please use our ‘start a claim’ page or call us on 01225430285 to speak with our staff and start your claim.

  4. Hi, I have been lifting plaster board at work on my own which is clearly stated on the boards to have two people carrying them as they are over 25kg. I now have have had two weeks off work and will most likely continue to have some more time of work. The last two weeks have been a struggle as I and my partner have 5 children. I am also self-employed and sub contracted. Is there any leg to stand on with a claim?

    • Self-Employed workers do have a right to claim compensation, but it can be harder to prove negligence against a contractor or company that has employed the self-employed worker.

      It is important that you make sure that your injury is recorded at work and that the cause of your injury (working alone to lift items exceeding 25kgs) are noted with the employer.

      The best course of action would be to use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact with us so that we can look further in to making a claim for you.

  5. Hi my name is darren. I work in a builders yard. I previously had back pain from my job as a carpenter. But since working here my problems have got a lot worse, due to the over weight products I lift and the height of the racks to which they go in. Health and safety have been notified about the poor working situation and keep leading us on saying it will get fixed. Nothing has been done. I’m in constant pain and sometimes I can hardly move. I’m really struggling to cope outside of work and feel hopeless due to the pain. And I also feel like I’m being managed out due to my problem

    • Given that you have had trouble with your back for a while, it is important that you look further in to making a claim for compensation at the earliest opportunity. You have 3 years from the date of an injury in which you can make a claim for compensation and given that you mention some back pain previously, your claim period could be well underway.

      If your employer has not provided you with any manual handling, has a working environment that makes safe working impossible or very difficult and they’ve asked you to lift and move items of excess weight, you most likely have a claim.

      Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact so that we can help you with your claim for compensation.

  6. Hi there. I have a horribly bad back and this started after working for a company last year. It has caused me such awful pain and issues, but I have no proof or evidence it was caused by them as it’s only recently started being bad.

    What can I do?

    • The issue you will face in making a claim for compensation against your former employer is causation – that is to prove that their negligence and your work there caused your injury. You mention a lack of proof or evidence and this will make claiming extremely difficult.

  7. I am employed in the funeral business for years now and a year n half ago my employer lost grip when taking out heavy coffin out of back of hearse, i lunged forward at my end and caught it on my right leg resulting in a large bruise. Few nonths later i start getting sciatica and was back and fro docs for painkillers and to see a physio for months
    Pain got so bad in my lower back and shooting pains down my right leg resulted in finally getting an MRI ehich showed a disc broken at the bottom of my spine and 2 collapsed discs. Waited nearly a year for surgery and then had it in Oct last year… i am still off sick in recovery and during all that time i never was given a lifting and manual handling course or a accident book. I have been asking my boss for ages now to buy a coffin lifter but never did…. my employer is now selling the business and they have been trying everything to get rid of me before the business sells saying they cant get liability insurance to cover me now and offered me to do a fitness test or Redundancy… i have told them i want to keep my job as i love my job but they say im not going to be fit for it
    I never had backache before and know this was all due to that day wirh the coffin
    Do i have a claim for compensation ??

    • Given the employers failure to provide you with the correct equipment needed to work safely or the right manual handling training to enable you to lift safely, it is likely that the cause of your injury can be attributed to employer negligence. As such, on first view, it would appear that you do have a valid claim for compensation to pursue against your employer.

      Should you wish to take your claim further, please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website or call us on 01225430285. We know your rights and can help you to understand what you can do.

  8. Hi I hurt my back 6 months ago at work without having manual handling or any other training on how to lift. I slipped a disc and twisted my spine. I Let my boss know & went to my GP and then went to A&E, but didn’t put it in the report book. Would I still have a claim?

    • The lack of an accident book entry could make life more difficult with regards to a claim for compensation, but it wouldn’t in and of itself prevent you from succeeding with a claim for compensation.

      An accident book entry is one of the forms of evidence that can be used to support a claim for personal injury compensation. In this case, there is also an obligation on the employer to have evidence to support their defence of any claim – such as providing training records to show that they had fulfilled their obligations and trained you properly to work safely. As they are unlikely to be able to provide the same, there is still a chance that your claim could succeed.

      Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further enquiries with us. We would be very happy to investigate your claim on a No Win No Fee basis and will contact you on receipt of your claim enquiry to discuss your situation and how we can help you claim compensation.

  9. Good afternoon, I am a nurse in a nursing home, I am currently 6 months pregnant and I am now expected to carry out the duties of a carrer as we have reduced staff levels, i have not had any manual handling training, i have been with the company for just over 3 months, i have been experiencing very painful back symtoms since having to carry out manual handling and am being fourced to take my maternity leave early because of my difficulties. Where do i stand in regards to this matter?
    Kind regards.

    • You need to make sure that the back pain you are suffering with is reported to the employer and recorded within your employers accident book. You should also make a report – in writing – regarding the lack of manual handling training and make a Doctors appointment to discuss the back pain.

      Once this is done, please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website or call us on 01225430285 to take this claim further.

  10. I was Work for jury inn hotel as a public cleaning and they asked me to do a dirty linen into a 100gk cage and I injured my lower back and I’m still suffering from it.

    • If an employer fails to provide manual handling training and a worker then suffers injury through heavy lifting, the employer could be liable and have to provide compensation. In your case, it would appear that you may have a valid claim for compensation. As such, please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to take this further.

  11. When I was sixteen I worked in a care home in a yts scheme. I worked shifts as a carer. When the yts manager came to see me she immediately told me I should not be doing shifts lifting patients. I now have back pain constantly. I’m forty now. Can I claim compensation from the home?

    • It would seem that the employer may well have been negligent in their management of your Health and Safety whilst you were working in the care home.

      Unfortunately, you are now outside of the statutory claim limitation period of 3-years and cannot make a claim for personal injury compensation. In the UK, the law regarding personal injury compensation claimant rights, requires that any claim for personal injury compensation must be made within 3 years of an injury. As you were 16 at the time of the employment, your claim limitation period would have expired on your 21st birthday.

  12. Hi 2 weeks ago I was lifting a whacker plate into the van as we do every night…however this night the whacker was wet and slipped from my hands.(no handles or means of lifting from the bottom where I was holding it). Anyway jolted my back as it slipped…
    I went to the doctors the next after being sent home by the owner because of the pain…not been to work since had bloods done…Mri scan sun just gone. (Waiting on results but doc thinks could be a herniated disc. (Slipped disc ) no accident reported though as it was the last thing to do before we went home….and we work on several sites but it was witnessed by gang members…. just wondered where i stand?

    • You should make a report of the incident and describe what happened (as you have in your comment here), with specific mention of no handles to lift the item and send that to your employer in writing.

      You are likely to have a valid claim for compensation for the injury you have sustained and we would like to help you pursue your claim. If successful, you would be able to claim compensation for the injury and importantly recover any lost income or incurred costs relevant to the injury.

      Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you are trained in safe lifting and that you are not expected to lift heavy items without adequate training or assistance. In your case, the lack of any such training and handles to lift the whacker plate could well see the employers insurance having to admit liability.

      Please use the ‘start your claim’ section of our website to make further contact with us.

  13. I worked in a convenience store 5 years ago. I was unloading a delivery in limited space area, when on last few items my back really twinned in resulting me to take time off work through my GP. To this day I am still suffering, ongoing GP visits, now for the 2nd visit to Physio Gym sessions, 4 more to go. It is constantly painful, annoying as it inhibits my movement on bad days. I work now as a cleaner. I am mobile and I cope with the pain, discomfort with pain killers. It’s when I stop i feel it more. As I relax I get constarted spasms in my lower muscles when I move.

    • Unfortunately, it would appear that you are now out of limitation with regards to taking action against your former employer. UK Personal Injury Compensation law applies a strict claim limitation period of 3-years from the date of an injury in which a claim must be made.

  14. I had hurt my back through lifting a patient in work i use a mangar elk lifting cushion i was doing this with a colleague but had to lift the patient from the mangar elk and my back went i have had the back problems since this happened in july 2016 i have a left sided paracental disc extrusion at L5/S1 and suffer with my back regulary.

    • If you believe that your employer was negligent and failed to provide the correct equipment and training/support to allow you to work safely and minimise the risk of injury, you could seek to make a claim for compensation.

  15. Hi I injured my back at work due to the unsafe practise they have advised me to do, would this cancel out a claim or not? Thank you.

    • UK law requires employers to ensure that all staff working in any area of risk – such as in a role where lifting is required – to be provided with training and guidance that enables the employee to lift and work as safely as possible. If your employer has failed to provide this training and then asked you to work in an unsafe manner that leads you to sustaining injury, you have every right to make a claim for compensation.

  16. Can I claim due to working in a department where I had hurt my back and then asked to work back in department again and hurt it again I had been to occupational health

    • You could pursue a claim against the employer if the cause of your back injury can be attributed to employer negligence. If you were injured through a lack of training, provision of inadequate equipment or a failure to provide required equipment, you may succeed with a claim.

  17. I carried a empty blue pallet approx 10 meters and hurt my back. The following week I was in dispute when telling the manager. I had to unload 2 pallets which further aggravated my back even more. At work, we don’t have a pallet pump and have no accident book (it is a service station too).

    It’s been 2 weeks since the injury now and the pain hasn’t gone but got worse. I’ve been to see the GP who has issued a sick note for light duties. We are told to move the pallet as it’s dropped off by cash and carry to front of shop on forecourt in the way.

    • Your employers failure to provide training in manual handling lifting and equipment (pallet truck) to move this item is likely to be seen as employer negligence. As such, my initial view is that you have a valid claim for compensation. Given the lack of an accident book at work, I feel that you should put something in writing to your employer (perhaps in email or by letter) outlining what happened to your back and the lack of a pump trolley.

      We would be very happy to pursue a claim for you in this matter and I therefore invite you to use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to take this further.

  18. I injured my shoulder and my back at work. I was sent to Hospital to see a Doctor, but I wasn’t sent to my GP. Can I still make a claim? Thank you

    • It doesn’t matter if you have not seen your GP as the medical evidence you would need to have to support any claim you were to make for accident at work compensation will still be in place because you have attended Hospital. In the UK, when any person attends Hospital or an NHS walk-in-clinic, the details of any illness or injury treated will be recorded and forwarded to your GP to hold on your medical records. The NHS medical records are digital and as such, evidence of your treatment will be available.

      Therefore, yes – you can make a claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to get your No Win No Fee claim started and processed. Our expert staff will guide you through the claims process and identify the best specialist Solicitor to pursue your claim for compensation.

  19. I’ve recently injured my back at work putting away a delivery in a store room that was put all over the floor by the delivery driver, there was no space to move properly and twisted lifting, I’ve had previous problems with my pelivis coming out of alignment causeing severe pain pushing on my nerves giving me shooting pain down the legs ect. Stiffness and less mobility trouble sleeping, even standing up straight is an issue. The pain is unbearable to even get up from a sitting position. This happened because of that and have been off work now week and half recovering, is there any grounds to claim at all?

    • You do have grounds to pursue a claim if the employer has failed to provide a safe working environment. In your case, you seem to indicate that the nature of the working area made it impossible for you to lift and move items safely as it would not be possible to follow manual handling training guidance. As such, you may be able to demonstrate employer negligence and succeed with a claim for compensation.

      We would be happy to look further in to this matter for you on a No Win No Fee basis and believe that your claim for back injury compensation should be taken further. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website or call us on 01225430285 to get your claim started.

  20. Hello.

    I just handed my leave notice today to the HR department.

    But I suffer from a back problem due to the nature of work I’ve been doing. How can I solve this?

    • Under UK law, if you suffer an injury as a result of the work that you have been doing for an employer, you can seek to make a claim for compensation of it can be shown that the employer has been negligent towards health and safety in the way that they have used your services. You mention that you are suffering from a back injury/back pain. To successfully pursue a claim against an employer for a back injury caused through lifting or physical work, you can pursue a claim if the employer has failed to minimise the risk of injury. Therefore, employers are required to ensure that staff are trained in how to lift and move items safely – manual handling training – and also provide the correct equipment and well maintained tools so that the risk of injury is kept low. Further, if an employer has provided a working environment that makes it impossible to follow any manual handling training given (such as high pressure workplaces, broken or dangerous equipment or lack of safe working space), a claim can also proceed.

      If your back problem was not caused by lifting or physical work, there could still be a claim to be pursued. To find out whether you do have a valid claim for accident at work compensation, please call us on 01225430285. In just a few minutes on the phone with you, we’ll be able to advise you as to whether the cause of your back problem is likely to be something that the employer will be held liable for. You can of course, also start a claim by using ‘start your claim’ option on our website.

      As a final note, before you do leave the company, you should make them aware that the back injury/problem you have developed as a result of your employment with them is the reason for your resignation. Ideally, you should cite why you believe the employer is responsible – such as a lack of training or inadequate equipment.

  21. I was unloading my lorry and I was on a pack of slab and slip and fractured my foot and was off work for 7 weeks and was only getting ssp from my employers I put it in the accident book once I got back to the yard

    • We would like to discuss your accident in greater detail in order to ascertain whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation. Why not call us on 01225430285 or use our ‘start a claim’ page to make further contact.

  22. I’ve asked my employer for an accident book. They’re answer to this request was “No. I don’t employ enough people”.

    I’ve pulled my back at work and am in pain. There are two issues. Firstly, I have no way of one recording the accident/injury and secondly, I have had no manual handling training. Can you advise?

    • Regardless of the size of your employer, they should have a suitable incident/injury and accident reporting system. It could be as simple as a spreadsheet, a notebook or a formal incident reporting system.

      Given your employers failure to have such a reporting system, you should put a report to them in writing – either by email or recorded delivery outlining what happened, how you were injured and when. You should also make them aware that you have received no manual handling training from them.

      As your employer has failed to provide you with manual handling training, you should seriously consider making a claim for compensation against them as it is likely that you can attribute your injuries to the back to employer negligence and would likely succeed.

      Should you wish to take this further, please call us on 01225430285.

  23. I injured my back over a year ago whilst trying to pull a heavy pallet over a badly iced up trailer have prolapsed disc and bad sciatica still struggle to drive, so I can’t return to my driving job for the foreseeable future. I have been on full pay luckily, although the impact psychologically has really had an affect on me. Do have I grounds to claim? I don’t want to, but I see no end in sight to my pain at the moment. I’m awaiting spinal injections or possible surgery.

    • My initial view is that you are likely to have a valid claim against your employer. Whilst they have paid you – which is very good to read – you could still pursue a claim for the pain, distress and discomfort caused by the injury and also, should your employer stop paying you, you would also be able to recover any loss of income or future loss of income should you be unable to return to work.

      Indeed, with this in mind it would be wise to pursue a claim before you are out of legal limitation as you must protect your own interests and future.

      You can call us on 01225430285 or use our ‘start a claim’ page to get your claim started.

      • Thankyou very much for the reply the issue I have is If I claim and they stop paying I will find myself unable to pay my bills and mortgage which is putting me off as I’d lose my house

        • Your concerns regarding a loss of income are common and the worry as to how you would cope with a loss of income after an accident is one shared by the majority of claimants.

          If an employer does stop paying a staff member when they are off work, it is not because they are making a claim for compensation, but because they are not at work. As we have stated previously, the law does not oblige an employer to pay usual salaries to staff who are away from work due to illness or injury – even if the absence is due to an incident that happened at work.

          If you do lose income, the only way to recover that is by making a claim for compensation and succeeding with it. Any successful claim would allow you to obtain a settlement for the injuries sustained and also recover any lost income and incurred costs by way of the special damages element of your claim.

  24. We use Bradford factor at work, I sustained an injury while at work pulled my back and took 1 day off. It wasn’t an accident, just happened to pull it while at work. I was called to a Bradford meeting and given a written warning. I have had 5 other sick days this year and been given a verbal warning before. Can they do this if my back injury happened at work?

  25. I have worked as a kitchen assistant for 17 years. I got a note off my doctor to say that I can only lift up to 10 kg as I have spondalosis and sciatica and lower back pain. I have reduced my working hours from 20 hours a week to 16 hours. I also had an additional cleaning job for 20 hours for 8 years which I have had to leave because of the pain. My manager knows about my medical condition but I am not getting any addition help.

    • Sadly, if you are no longer fit to carry out the duties that you were employed to do, your employer is not obliged to retain your services. An employer may provide light duties if they are able to do so but if not, they will have to go through due process with you before terminating your employment.

  26. I hurt my back in work a year half ago I had to be signed off work for two month and only got 100 Euro on social I had to find a new job but can’t do most things because my back and in and out the doctor every month with check ups and different medication to help
    I don’t no if I can claim of the old job or not I don’t no what to do I can’t effort the medication and doctor appointment

    • You mention that you only received 100 Euro’s? This indicates that you are not based within the UK? If so, we won’t be able to advise you as Direct2Compensation are a UK registered company with leading expertise and knowledge relating to personal injury law and claims for compensation within the legal system of the UK.

      If you are based outside of the UK, you will need to seek the advice of a legal specialist working within whichever jurisdiction you are based in.

  27. hi i currently work in a bed factory making mattress and i have recently been expected to work with big heavy matts lifting them of big piles of nine and ten high to put on my bench i have explained to the boss that the matts are to heavy and the space i am given is not enough many times i have stumbled and nearly fallen over by trying to get threw the narrow gaps to my work bench also i am now expected to get these matts from a trolley put them in a bag and put them threw a machine matts being king size matts 5ft 6ft i have mentioned this is too heavy for one person and only to be told to leave if i dont like it i have worked for this company for over 3 years

    • It would appear that your employer is providing a working environment that prevents you from working safely or within the manual handling guidelines. As such, they could be guilty of employer negligence and potentially liable for any injuries you have sustained.

      If you have been injured because of the conditions you describe and your work, please contact us so that we can help you make a claim for compensation.

  28. i worked for a company for over 3 years as a site manager, with little or no expectation for manual work. At the end of a particular contract with all the workforce having left site and the labourer made redundant, i was left on site and tasked with the work of clearing all surplus materials off site. This involved filling dust bins and pulling them around 75-100 metres to the lift and load into a skip. After doing this for 3 days this resulted in damage to my back with severe pain to my Femoral Nerve.
    I was off work 5 weeks and was paid by the company. I have left the company and started work in a new management role, the problem with my back has returned, i now will have to have further physio and have no sick pay cover from new employer.
    Whilst i haven’t had any lost time off work as yet, i have spent hundreds of pounds at the physio and had severe pain. I’m also due tomorrow to go on holiday river cruise and will be unable to participate in the activities on offer, ie day walking excursions. Do i have a valid claim?

    • Given your description of your back injury caused at your previous workplace, my inital view is that you have a valid claim that should be pursued agianst the former employer. Did you make a report of your injury at the time with the former employer? I assume that given they paid you whilst you were away that they were aware of your injury being something that happened at work?

      We would be very happy to pursue your claim and link you with one of our specialist Solicitors. If successful with your claim, you would be able to claim a settlement to cover the injury (the value of which would be reached on the basis of medical evidence and expert prognosis) and importantly be able to recover the costs of any private rehabilitation therapies, costs incurred and loss of income if relevant.

      If you would like to take this further, please use our ‘start a claim’ page to send us your contact details and we’ll call you to get your No Win No Fee claim started.

  29. I hurt my back while at work helping a driver unload a lorry, I recorded this in the work accident book, I have never receved manual handling training regarding my role even though some heavy lifting is involved do I have a good claim for compensation?

    • My initial response in your situation is that you have a very strong claim against your employer. Manual Handling training is given to enable employees to work safely and to minimise the risk of painful injuries to the back when lifting is involved.

      As your employer has failed to provide you with such training despite the requirements of your work to perform lifting duties, employer negligence would attach and you should pursue a claim against them.

      Please call us on 01225430285 if you would like to take this claim further.

    • Under UK Law, employers have a statutory duty to ensure that the risk of injury to all staff is minimised so far as practically possible. Therefore, if an employer requires employees to perform lifting duties, they are obliged to ensure that the staff are provided with manual handling training to reduce the risk of lifting related injuries, along with being given appropriate equipment and tools to lift heavy items.

      If your employer hasn’t provided you with training, you could seek to make a claim against them on the grounds of inadequate manual handling training, which is likely to succeed on the basis of employer negligence.

  30. I injured my lower back at work 15 months ago. I have had to see my Doctor every month since then and have been off work for the last 8 months. I made a claim with a Solicitor, but recently they told me that the employers insurance have denied liability. I only had a 5 min chat regarding health and safety and they crossed my accident out in their accident book. Do you think I have still got a claim?

    • The fact that the defendant insurers have denied liability indicates that it is going to be a struggle to succeed with your claim for back injury compensation against the employer. Given that you have already instructed a Solicitor, you should discuss the denial of liability with them and make clear your comments regarding your view that the employer failed to provide adequate training to you.

      As your injury is to the back, we assume it was caused as a result of lifting at work. All employers have a duty of care to ensure that all staff are shown how to lift and move items safely and must ensure that manual handling training is provided to all staff to reduce the risk of injury as far as possible.

      If your employer failed to provide such training you should appeal to the defendant insurer regarding this issue.

  31. Several month into working a Lowes in the lumber department, I had two days of considerable heavy-lifting (80 lb bags of concrete, and several 6’x8′ fence panels. Afterwards my lower back was sore, but I didn’t think it was any big deal. The a day later (on one of my days off) my back went completely out on me. I was down for three days… could not even get out of bed. Going to the bathroom was a long and painful experience and I had to call in to cancel three shifts. Once my back improved enough so that I was ambulatory, I came back to work. I did not claim that as a “work-related” injury because it didn’t actually happen at work. I told them I could start working shifts again if they would provide a back-brace and heavy lifting was minimized. I honestly though it was a soft-tissue problem, and that with proper care it would heal. When I realized after a couple of weeks that my continued employment their was too much strain on my back and that it was never going to get much better until I let it rest for a while, I put in my 2 week notice and quit. I told them that the back issues were the reason. I never made a claim. However, 4 months later, my back still is not right. It has never been right since that day. I am unable to do about 1/3 of the activity in my sign business that I could before, and my regular (light) workouts at my health club cause my back to be sore. That never happened in the 25 year membership. Is it possible to go back to Loews and a let them know about this? Could I request that there medical people check me out to see if there is any real damage to the spine or discs, even though I did not make any claim when it happened?

    • Clearly, the lack of a record with the employer stating that the injury is as a result of an incident of heavy lifting at work does make your situation more difficult than it would otherwise be.

      It would be worthwhile speaking to your former employer about the situation and asking them for their input in to the situation. You could seek to make a claim against their insurance but it is likely that the claim would be defended due to a possible lack of evidence. With that in mind, it may be worth speaking to former colleagues to see if anyone would be willing to provide supporting witness evidence.

  32. I’m a hgv driver working for a removal company, about 11 months ago (April 2017 approx), I lifted something heavy and I twisted my back. From then I have good days and bad days with pain. This continued until December when the pain began to go down to my left leg (sciatica). I have attempted a few treatments without improvements and now because of the pain, I can’t drive and I have to take painkillers just to go to work. The employers have given me light work but the injury still hurts. I’m waiting now for an MRI scan. This injury and pain has stopped me from enjoying my life and playing with my kids as I did before, because every time I am active in anyway, I then have to lay in bed to recover and it seems to be getting worse everyday. I would like to know if I can do a claim. Thank you.

    • You would have a claim for compensation if your employer has either failed to provide you with Manual Handling Training and create a working enviornment that allows you to work in accordance with safe lifting guidelines and the use of equipment such as trolleys to lift and move heavy items. If your employer hasn’t ticked all of these boxes, you may well have a claim for compensation as employers must provide manual handling training and do all they can to minimise the risks of injury in the workplace.

      Even if your employer has provided such training, you could still claim successfully if the nature of the work means that you can’t work or lift safely. I would strongly suggest that we speak with you to find out more and help you understand your rights. Perhaps you could call us on 01225430285 or use our ‘start a claim‘ page so that we can call you?

  33. Hi, I’ve worked for a photography company for 13 years now, different destinations everyday so I have a portable studio, lights, backdrops, printer, boxes of paper amongst other things. I class the equipment as heavy and every time we seem to renew an item it doesn’t benefit us at all always seems things are getting heavier. When I started if I’m remembering correctly I was given a couple of sheets of paper in my company manual on how to correctly lift and about 3 years ago 10 years on from my start date we had a very speedy 30 min conversation with a health and safety person at our main head office regarding lifting and cables etc.
    Now I have just been through surgery to get a disc in my neck replaced due to prolapsed disc. I do believe this is work related and would like to know if my employer is responsible due to lack of manual handling training. I have suffered with the neck problems for a couple of years now but always put it down the strain of carrying the equipment and packing hundreds of envelopes a day. Then eventually it became more apparent it was disc damage resulting in nerve damage which after surgery has not returned yet, but early days.
    Look forward to some knowledgeable advice.

    • Employers have a statutory duty to ensure that all staff are given adequate training, support and advice that will enable them to work safely and with the risk of injury minimised so far as practically possible. Clearly, in your job you do lift and move items regularly and given what you have said about the very infrequent and arguably insufficient training you have had with regards to moving and lifting the equipment you need for your work, we think that your enquiry is something that should be escalated and placed before our expert workplace injury Solicitors for consideration.

      We will need to have a brief initial chat with you on the telephone to obtain some basic outline information in order that we can then identify the right specialist Solicitor for you to speak with. To this end, please click on to our ‘start a claim‘ page and provide your contact details and refer us to this comment that you have made on our site. One of our expert team will then contact you for an initial chat and help you begin the process of claiming compensation for your workplace injury.

  34. I had a very repetitive cook job that required me too constantly bend too the ground in a bottom drawer too bread chicken for a fast paced resturaunt. The kitchen is small so this is how its set up the food storage is in a metal almost refrigerated dresser. Well the job itself was very bad on my back. Well one day my GM asked me if i can help her so i say sure. She takes me downstairs too the cooler that stores all the beer kegs for the restaurant and has me start lifting one off another and switching and then restacking the other keg on top of one another, basically rearrange the whole room of kegs stacking them on top of each other. The whole time i keep askin how much do these weight they are very heavy? She says im not sure and keeps having me lift and stack these full kegs prob 20 or so, a room full. Well after i barely finish she comes and finds me and says hey i looked they are 163-170 lbs. Well since then my back started too hurt more and more. Three to four months later i was doin my repetitive bending twisting beating the ground like a gorilla too bread chicken when i lean forward i hear a pop and almost hit the ground cant move my back and lower extremities almost incapacitated. I couldn’t walk for a few minutes. The next week i hear another pop reaching for a plate behind my station. Well at this point i cant sit down or stand up or barley walk at all so i cant work anymore at my super repetitive back bending job any more. I go too get an mri and find out i have a herniated l5-s1 compressing my nerve root sleeve. Well I’ve broke many bones and strained muscles before iv never had a pain this bad in my life. I am now getting workers compensation but my question is does this qualify as third party or personal injury do too negligence since i should have never had too lift that much with out help or equipment. Now months later still in insane pain.

    • Did your employer ever provide you with the correct manual handling training regarding lifting and moving of items at work? If not, they are likely to be liable for your injuries and you could seek to make a claim for back injury at work compensation.

      At Direct2Compensation we are experts in such claim and look forward to helping you.

  35. I work for an agency as a Ltd company hgv driver. On a recent job I hurt my lower back and have lost 5 work days so far due to the muscular injury. I was using a pump truck in the rear of a trailer and hurt my back whilst unloading some large pallets of frozen produce weight approx 1 tonne in weight each.
    I never received any training but did have to sign a load of paperwork on day 1. I’m not quite sure what I signed. Unloading the truck in this way was something that happened pretty regular.
    I went to my doctors and was told I had pulled the main muscles at the lower back area. I’ve also since had to go back for a prescription for pain killers.
    I am still off work due to my back issue although it is getting easier day by day.
    I’m looking to see if the agency or the client I worked at are liable for my lost revenue and back issues.

    • It looks as though your employer has been negligent towards your health and safety and failed to carry out their statutory requirement to provide adequate manual handling training to you. As such, it would seem that you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation.

      Please send us your contact number – either by email or complete a simple form on our website and we’ll spend a few minutes with you on the phone to take the basic information needed for our specialist back injury at work Solicitors to proceed with a No Win No Fee compensation claim for you.

  36. Hi I injured my back lifting at work I was signed off by the doctor for 3 weeks. I returned to work and couple weeks later the injury had returned. My employer had shown me a manual handling video the day after I injured myself. I have had to leave the job as I am unable to work due to my lower back injury

    • The failure of your former employer to provide you with adequate manual handling training before you sustained an injury is an act of employer negligence and would give you good prospects of succeeding with a claim for back injury at work compensation against the employer.

      The fact that they showed you a manual handling training video the day after you sustained a back injury does not alter this fact as employers must provide manual handling training to employees tasked with lifting and moving items before they are placed at risk and in this case, your employer has failed to do that. As such, we believe that you have a viable and strong claim against that employer. As such, we invite you to contact us for further assistance as we would like to pursue your back injury at work compensation claim. You can call us on 01225430285 or start your claim on our website.

  37. Hi
    I’m having a question.
    I’ve injured my shoulder when lifting from above my head.
    It is a work related injury, Musculoskeletal disorder,upper limb.
    Do You think I can claim compensation?

    • You may well be able to make a claim for workplace injury compensation here.

      If your employer is asking you to lift and move items they must ensure that you are given the appropriate manual handling training and guidance to ensure that you can work safely. The employer must also make sure that you are not being asked to lift items that are overweight or dangerous without providing you with the appropriate tools and equipment to work safely. If an employer fails to provide the required training or equipment, they will be guilty of employer negligence and are likely to have to pay compensation should any staff member sustain injury.

      In your case, we would like to speak with you so that we can find out more about your job, what training (if any) your employer has provided and what items you were lifting. Please call us on 01225430285 so that our expert staff can spend a few minutes on the phone with you to help you get your claim up and running.

  38. I was injured at work back in January whilst lifting 2500mm of stainless steel. It should have been a 2 man job, but my employer never have the manpower or anyone available to help me, so I did it on my own (like I have had to do hundreds of times before). However, this time as I turned the steel, it gripped the bed and I felt the pain shoot up my back and in to my legs. I’m at hospital every other week having physiotherapy on my back. I lost the job as I was signed off sick for over 26 weeks and I am now trying to survive on E.S.A. I was wondering what can I do if I have a case ?

    • You describe what would seem to be a clear case of employer negligence here, with specific regard to the employers attitude towards manual handling and the lifting and moving of extremely heavy items.

      Given what you have described, my view is that you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation and that you should pursue this immediately. I would be very happy to assist you in getting this up and running and would only need a few minutes on the phone with you to obtain the initial information needed to enable me to get the right specialist back injury at work compensation Solicitor to pursue your claim for you.

      The fact that you have been off work for over 26 weeks indicates that you have clearly suffered a nasty back injury. If successful with a claim for compensation, you would not only be able to claim compensation for the injury sustained but also for the loss of income that this injury has caused.

      Please send your contact number to me at or call us on 01225430285 so that I can help you get this claim up and running.

  39. I fell down some metal fire exits stairs and hurt my back , as cleaners we have to carry heavy bedding loads up 3 flights of metal stairs which we end up doing about 3 cages of bedding to be carried up 3 flights of metal stairs , I fell down the stairs and hurt my back , who is at fault ?

    • We have a very similar accident at work claim under process at this moment in time, with the case resting on whether the requirement to carry heavy bags of linen up the stairs prevents workers from working safely.

      If you are being expected to carry items up 3 flights of stairs, it is important that you can see clearly when you are carrying the items. Further, steps are a known and foreseeable hazard so there is a case for holding the employer liable in this incident. Of course, they may have a sound defence in that there may not be an alternative route available or method (lift) to get the linen to the upper floors. However, they may well not have adequately risk assessed the stairs or made you adequately aware of the risks.

      We would be keen to look further in to this case for you with a view to helping you claim accident at work compensation. Please email your contact details to me and I will call you to discuss further.

  40. Im 31 years old, i work for a major distribution company as a warehouse operative, i have been off work for 2 weeks now with severe back pain and sciatic nerve pain, had multiple cases of incontinence, been to a&e twice, second time with suspected cauda equina and had to see an orthopedic surgeon, rushed an MRI on friday and found out today i have a ruptured disc, and possibly more damage due to abnormalities in the bottom of my spine showing up on the MRI scan. Im waiting to be booked into the spinal clinic for further investigation and tests to see if the damage requires surgery, and im also waiting on physio referral.

    My job involves lifting blue chep pallets from various heights and placing them at various heights depending on the job im doing. Most of the time we are required to life these on our own, the average weight of a blue chep pallet is 28kg, our pallets are stored outside in an open yard soaking up all the rain that hits them. Sometimes these pallets are double the weight easily when wet, and if nobody is around to help us we simply have to lift them as its a job requirement. We dont have any sort of hoist system installed or any sort of lifting aid other than forklift trucks and bendi trucks, and you are required to have a license to operate and my employer still in nearly 4 years of working there has still failed to train myself and lots of others members of staff on, requiring us to life these some time nearly 60kg pallets on our own.

    The manual handling techniques have all just been re designed as well basically debunking the old manual handling techniques they have been telling us to use and stick by in the workplace, now saying that they werent any good for our backs and the new system is what we should now adopt in the workplace. Also, our manual handling only focuses on how to pick up small boxes from between our legs, not how to lift up pallets that weigh double because the employer cant provide sufficient shelter for them from the elements.

    Can i claim for my back taking these factors into consideration?

    • Stephen

      The damage to your back is clearly serious and I hope that your treatment and recovery goes well.

      Given the injuries/damage you describe, it would certainly match with a repetitive strain injury and the continual lifting you cite would appear to the the cause.

      I think we should pursue a claim for compensation here. Of course, there can be no guarantee of success, but we can guarantee that it would not cost you any fees should the claim fail. I believe you do have a viable claim and as such, I invite you to send me your contact details via email to so that I can call you and take some further details from you and get things moving.

  41. I am now retired but worked in a bar for 5-6 years before retirement I had to lift heavy cases of bottled beer etc and carry black bags full of empty bottles to large recycle bins – I never had any lifting training at all. I was off work once with back pain and nowI have back problems which I do not know if they are work related. Can I claim my former employer for lack of training.

    • Theresa

      The most important issue that springs to mind here is whether or not you are within the strict 3-year claim period. If your employer failed to provide training regarding lifting then they would be liable for any injury you sustained as a result of the work you were doing. However, the 3 year claim limitation period will have started when you first attended the Doctors for treatment.

      Perhaps you would like to discuss this with me in greater detail? Please forward your contact number to me ( and I will call you. A quick discussion on the phone will enable me to ascertain whether or not you are within limitation and if any claim can proceed.

      Yours sincerely


  42. Hi
    I’m 41 years old and I’ve been with my employer for 5 years now and haven’t received any form of manual handling training or health and safety training. My job was involving inicialy driving a forklift and after I’ve been moved to a different department where I had to lift alone heavy boxes of at least 10 kg on a daily basis.
    I’ve been suffering with back pain now for a long time,but the problem now is that I can’t work anymore because my leg has been affected. I’ve been to all sort of specialist and gp’s and none of them could proscribed me the right treatment or to give me a diagnostic .So now the situation is so bad that I can’t even work anymore I’ve been at home sick for at least 1 month.
    I’m just looking for advise on if I can claim against them and also the NHS?

    • Liviu

      Thank you for informing us of your situation. I see that you have also submitted a website call back request, so we will try to call you regarding this.

      From what you say, I believe that you have a very viable claim to be made against your employer for the injuries you are suffering with. Your employer has failed to protect your health and safety by failing to give you any guidance or training with regards to safe lifting and moving of items at work.

      As stated, we will try to call you to offer assistance with your claim.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  43. Hi
    Im 26 years old and I’ve been with my employer for 9 years now and haven’t received any form of manual handling training or health and safety training. My job involves lifting 10 to 25kg bags of animal feed on a daily basis.
    I’ve been suffering with mid back/shoulder pain now for the past two years. It sometimes wakes me up and night and go’s when I start moving around. Ive been to a chiropractor to see if they could help me out but I couldn’t afford to keep up the appointments fees so had to stop before I could fix myself.
    Also im a rather fit person as I like to keep myself fit by playing sports and going to the gym.
    I’m just looking for advise on if I can claim against them and also I don’t want to get anyone fired

    • Thomas

      Thank you for visiting our website to seek help. The situation you describe is sadly a common one in that many employers fail to ensure that workers know how to lift and move heavy items safely. As a result, many employees suffer from back pain that would have often been avoidable if only manual handling training had been provided.

      Firstly, you do not need to worry about getting anyone fired or in trouble if you were to opt to pursue a claim. Any claim you opted to make would be made against your employers ’employer liability insurance’ policy and it would not directly affect the employer in anyway. Many people worry about claiming compensation when it involves injuries caused in an accident at work or as a result of employer negligence. It is understandable that you would not want to upset an employer or cause any trouble by claiming compensation. You can read more about how claiming compensation does not damage your employer here:

      The lack of manual handling training in your workplace indicates to me that you have a valid and viable claim for compensation against your employer. The injuries you are suffering from are likely to be as a result of not lifting properly or knowing how to identify weights that are unsafe to lift and are worthy of claiming compensation for.

      You mentioned that you had seen a chiropractor to help with your symptoms, but had been unable to continue to see them due to the cost of the treatment. With this in mind, pursuing a claim for compensation would enable you to (if successful) reclaim the costs you have already incurred for these sessions but also provide the possibility of obtaining further rehabilitation therapies at the cost of the insurers on top of any compensation settlement awarded to you.

      I would definitely recommend that you pursue a claim for compensation and I confirm that this is something we would like to assist you with. To this end, please email me your phone number and we can then make contact with you to help you further.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  44. hello,

    I work as a cna and i injured my back at work. I had been complaining of back pain for a while at work but was never told the proper course of action to take. it was only when I chose to go to the doctor that the intake nurse had me fill out a workers comp form. I’ve been out of work for about 8 days now with a lower back sprain. the doctor i’m seeing seems to be taking things on a week by week basis as far as when i can return to work. I still feel a great deal of discomfort. I’ve never filed for workers comp and i’m afraid my job knows that and may be taking advantage of my lack of knowledge. Like I mentioned before it’s only been 8 days but that’s also 8 days that I have not been getting paid. at this time I don’t have any other source of income. the doctor has me on light duty but because i work in an elderly home where i have to lift people my job seems to not be able to accommodate me. what should i do?

    • Kristy

      Your situation is a common one – care workers often suffer injuries as a result of the manual work they have to undertake in order to complete their work properly.

      Of course, the most important thing is to get back to full health as quickly as possible – whilst you need to earn money to pay your bills, if you returned to work too quickly you may end up being force to be away from work for longer.

      I don’t know much about ‘workers comp’ matters relating to the United States and the system you have over there. In the UK, you would be able to pursue a claim against your employers liability insurance in the hope that it would compensate you for the pain and distress of your injury and any associated losses.

      I would strongly suggest that you seek the advice of a specialist injury lawyer based in your area.


  45. I had an accident at work where a member of my team tipped over a cage off a ramp which struck me on my back. There area wasn’t well lit and the ramp was slippery with no safety edges to stop the cage going off the sides. I’ve been off for 5weeks in pain. I had a MRI scan which revealed a slight chip in my neck bone and lost fluid from my lower spine but both things are not believed to be in connection with the accident, but I’m still in pain. Do I have a case? And if so could I get an approximate reward figure please.

    • Laurence

      We have had success with identical claims in the past and this would give me every confidence that our specialist solicitor partners would be able to succeed with a claim for you too.

      The lack of safety guards on the ramp in question combined with the poor lighting is something that the employers insurers will have difficulty in denying responsibility for.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or email us: so that we can take this further for you.

      We look forward to hearing from you.



      • I have accident at work – on the 1st of April 2017 -my office have a massive black iron -gate/ as I am trying to open the gate, the wind blows and accidentally closed on me -to prevent me from falling and hit my face – I stop it with my right hand / on the process of my right thumb being caught in the middle of the two iron gate/ that smash the ligament of the thumb and serous injury and I have to go to A&E, they have x/ray and send me to a day surgery to have stitches and take off the nails. But this happened I have complained that I have difficulty in opening this gate/as a result one morning I was late opening my store. I also reported this to our auditors- when he had audit our store/ now this accident happened/ when I asked if this incident are all captured by camera – no one get back to me – from the HR. Now I am back to work after being sign off for two weeks. As I am filling all our papers work – I notices maintenance report about the faulty camera- my questions why was the faulty camera being detected soon. Another question – I feel the company failed me in their health and safety for not making sure – if accident occur that cctv is my only probe that this really happened on that day – I couldn’t not filled up the accident form as I could not able to hold the pen – and only reported the incident the following morning/ aftermath of the accident when I feel really the pain hit me – please advice can a claim company liability insurance? Do o have a case .
        I live in UK

        Kind regards

        • Zorina

          Hi, what a painful injury, I do hope that you are recovering well.

          We would be happy to put your claim in the hands of our specialist Solicitors and let them proceed with this for you. Please email your number to me so that we can call you to take some further information and get your claim started.

          Yours sincerely


  46. I have just spoke to my employee he says he knows nothing about the injury cos it’s not in the accident book but like I said I told my team leader I had hurt my back so I took half day holiday cos I thought it was minor but it’s just got worse everyday since and pain relief doesn’t work so I’m stuck in bed in agony with no job now I’m gutted

    • Shaun

      Thanks for coming back to us. If your employer is refusing to acknowledge your accident and is denying that you have reported the matter (that it isn’t in the accident book) I would suggest that you either write to the employer or email them to report your injuries and how they happened at work. You should outline what happened to your back, what you were doing and the pain. You can then advise them that you left for the day and subsequently had to see your GP. You should simply state that you want the details of your injury recorded and you DON’T need to mention anything about making a claim.

      If you would like us to help you pursue a claim for the back injury as a workplace injury claim against the employer, we’d be happy to do this for you. If so, please send me your phone number – or call us on 01225430285

      Yours sincerely


  47. Hi I have been of work for 2 weeks with a strained muscles in my back which I did in work but on the day I took half day holiday to go home and rest it but since then it’s got worse I have took a sick note in off the doctor but today I got a letter saying they are terminating my contract I have been there just under a year can they do that?

    • Shaun

      If you have worked for an employer for less than 2 years, your employment can be terminated by the employer fairly easily – all they need to do is give you notice and pay you for the work you have done (and holiday entitlement) up to the date of termination. The laws regarding employee rights were changed by the Government fairly recently and it has to be said that the changes made the system far less fair for workers like yourself.

      I am interested in your back injury though. If the back pain/injury was caused by your work, you may have grounds to pursue a claim for workplace injury compensation against the employer. I would be very keen to speak to you about this to see if there is someway that we can help you at least claim compensation for the injuries and any lost income/costs you have incurred.

      Please call us on 01225430285. We’ll then be able to advise you as to whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation and help you better understand your rights.

      I look forward to hearing from you.



  48. Good evening. I have a question, hope someone can help me. I was working for a Company as Warehouse Operative/ Customer Services/ Delivery Driver with full time contract. I said “was working” because on 17-08-2016 i had an back injury at our warehouse, we was making Warehouse cleaning when i lift up and i hit with my back a metal who caused me a very pain full back pain and after one day all my back was black. I was to GP who gave me some creme for muscles and pains. I ask him about the time i will stay home if will affect my job and he give me the Statutory Sick Pay which was covering me for my first 7 days and i was advised by the doctor to go back to work only if i fill i am fit to work. I used all the cremes prescribed by my Doctor and on 26-08-2016 i was back to work. I didn`t feel any pain until i start lifting again so my work day ends only after two hours. Even if i was to work that day and based on the contract if i am working one minute i have to put it in our time sheet that didn`t happened. The manager didn`t accept my certificate and told me that i have to provide a SSP from my GP..another one. I was at my GP again but he told me that he can give me only from that day forward and nothing for the days passed. My pain its persisted each day more and my pains as well. After almost two months i didn`t receive any payments from my Company for the days that i was injured staying at home, not even for the days that i have certificates, one for the first 7 days which i filled by myself which is perfectly legal and the second one from my GP. The problem is nobody fill up the injury log book that day even if the injury i had was in front of my manager as we worked together that moment and he assist at all the scene. I am able to work but i can`t lift anymore heavy things as i have terrible pains lifting. I don`t need money from the Company, i don`t want someone may belive i am looking to do easy money, is not like this, the only thing i want is the Company pays me the days on my certificates. I will appreciate if someone can give me an advice on what i have to do.

    • Dumitru

      The situation you describe after being injured in an accident at work is one that many of our claimants also discuss. Sadly, for many people pursuing a claim for compensation after an accident at work, the motivation to claim is not necessarily for the money they will get for the injury that they have, but because they are left out of pocket through lost wages and need to make a claim for compensation in order to recover their lost wages in the special damages element of their claim settlement value.

      It is clear that you are reluctant to pursue a claim for compensation against your employer and like many people who have been injured through no fault of their own, you feel that making a claim will be seen by some as a cheap attempt to make some money. It is sad that so many people are made to feel uncomfortable about pursuing a claim for compensation and in your situation, you really should not be put off from claiming compensation to cover your lost income and for the injuries that you have sustained.

      To answer your query in a head on fashion, the only real way that you will be able to get your employer to pay your wages will be by pursuing a claim against them for your injuries and the lost income. This is something that we would be very happy to help you with. Any claim for an accident at work compensation settlement would be made against your employers liability insurance policy. This does not affect the employer directly as they have already paid their insurance premium to cover this exact scenario. A claim would be made on the grounds of employer negligence towards your health and safety and the argument would be that the metal that hit your back was dangerous and should not have been in the position it was. If we can succeed with the claim for compensation, we can then recover all of your lost wages and also claim ANY costs that you have incurred because of your injury.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  49. Last March, while pushing a faulty trolley, full of ice, I felt a back strain which was later diagnosed as a bulging disc.
    After a couple of months working with this back pain, in a stressful work environment, I was advised by the doctor to take a rest.
    While off sick, I asked the person in charge for health and safety in the store, to record the injury in the accident book, and she told me that it would not be possible as I did not fall on the floor, or nothing, no equipment fell on me, and things like this.
    At the time I underestimated the issue, and last July I left the job on medical ground.
    I have spent a lot of money to recover from this injury which was caused by a faulty equipment, and I have a witness who can confirm that the trolley was faulty.
    Now my question is simple: Can I still ask for compensation, without my injury recorded in the company accident book?
    Thanks a lot and regards

    • Lorenzo

      Hi, you can certainly still try to make a claim for workplace injury compensation. Whilst it would be good if there were an accident book entry, the fact that you have a witness is a great help.

      We would be happy to help you with this claim – simply get in touch with us by calling 01225430285 or email: so that we can get in contact and discuss this with you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  50. Hi I have just started work after maternity leave I’ve been there 3 weeks I’ve had back problems since I was pregnant and I never received a risk assessment when I was pregnant in the workplace. I lift a child at work with a colleague we have had manual handling training but did not receive any training on a 2 man lift which is how I have hurt my back when I was holding the child upright he jumped pulling me down I recored the accident at work and have been to the doctors also and received medication can I make a claim?

    • Debbie

      Thank you for letting us know about your situation. On the basis of what you have disclosed so far, it would certainly be fair to say that your employers do have a case to answer with regards to an allegation of employer negligence towards your health and safety at work.

      It is good that they have given you manual handling training, but failing to ensure that you have been trained and supported to safely use an important and commonly used item needed for your work (the 2 man lift) has exposed you to the risk of injury.

      Given that you have recorded the details of this matter within the accident book at work and your employers are aware of the situation, we would certainly be keen to address this matter with them and represent you with a claim for compensation. Please contact us on 01225430285 to discuss your situation in greater depth and help you to better understand your rights and how the No Win No Fee claims process works. We have excellent specialist personal injury solicitors available to help you pursue this matter.

      We very much look forward to helping you and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  51. I hurt my back at work lifting a box from the truck to a pallet. I had a numbing sensation down both legs. I went to the ER was told to take 2 or 3 days of . However its 3 weeks later and I just had the same thing happen at home lifting a basket of laundry. Now I am in the same pain as before. Does it still qualify as work comp since its related to the first injury?

    • Nikki

      As you had your initial injury symptoms assessed and treated in the ER, the injury will be recorded on your hospital records. Therefore, your ‘2nd’ injury will be attributable to the 1st injury – an exacerbation of the problem caused by your accident at work.

      I would advise that you pursue a claim for compensation for this injury.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  52. I was employed thru a distillery direct in 2002 where u done manual handling ive now been back with them a year and a half thru agency but no manual handling its now 2016 can I claim as ive hurt my back please email me

    • John

      Thank you for your comment. If you have re-joined a company, they need to treat you as a new starter and provide you with the same health & safety advice and support that any new starter would expect. In any company, it is important that employees are provided with re-training periodically to refresh their approach to work and remind them how to work safely.

      With this in mind, we would be happy to try and assist you further with this.

      Kind regards


  53. I work at tesco my back went an i had to go doctors ive been off sick by a doctors note an now there trying to sack me but i use to take the deliverys and i neva did get shown how to move the cages properly or use the machines and now im not working there beiing funny with me but everytime ive asked to hav the training they kept saying we will soon were busy at the min do yu think i have a claim i dnt understand it much

    • Thomas

      Thank you for sharing your situation. Back injuries can be really problematic and painful, so it is no surprise that you are currently unable to work in what is such a physical job.

      Regarding a potential claim, I would say that if what you say is correct, you have every right to make a compensation claim against your employer as it sounds like they have been negligent towards your health and safety. Whilst we can never guarantee that your injury compensation claim will succeed, I feel that you do have a strong case and we would be more than happy to help you claim compensation for the pain and discomfort of your injury along with any other losses.

      From the information you have provided, our specialist accident at work injury compensation Solicitors would argue that your employer is responsible for your injuries. This would be on the basis of their negligence towards your health & safety by failing to provide you with the relevant training and guidance to enable you to carry out your working tasks safely or use the machinery that they have in place to help avoid injuries such as yours.

      You should definitely make sure that your employer has recorded your assertion that your injuries were caused by work, due to heavy lifting and a lack of training. If this has not already been placed within an employers accident book/incident reporting system, you should email your employer or write to them (retaining a copy for your records) outlining what has happened to you and how. You should also make sure that it is noted that you had requested training and been told that it would be provided as soon as there was an opportunity but that they were always too busy to provide it.

      To help you, we’ll need your contact details so that we can speak with you and obtain some further information and give you some useful advice.

      We look forward to hearing from you.



  54. I sustained a back injury at work and informed my boss, who was not on-site at the time. We do not have an accident book to record it in. I told her and she is insisting on me coming in tomorrow when I can barely walk. I am going to seek medical attention ASAP. Also, I don’t have a formal written contract. Can I still make a claim?

    • Lucy

      You can most definitely still make a claim for injury compensation and given that it seems that your employer isn’t really too caring about your situation and your health, I would expect that you have every intention of doing just that.

      We would be more than happy to help you get this claim up and running. I will email you directly also and look forward to hearing from you and helping with your claim.

      Best wishes


  55. I work in the charity retail sector and am currently signed off work by my doctor with an injured back. It seems the injury is due to overwork in my main role of delivering and collecting furniture and unless I take things easier I risk ongoing problems. I have no previous history of back problems so the injury cannot be due to anything else. Any thoughts ?

    • Nick

      Thank you for your comment, working for a charity, weather on a voluntary or full time basis is legally equivalent to working for any other employer or in any other sector. All employers have the same responsibilities to safeguard your health and safety. With this in mind, the charity that you work for should have provided you with adequate training to ensure that you know how to lift and move items safely, identify hazards and avoid risks of back injury etc.

      It sounds like your injury is one caused by a continual working regime, rather than a one off injury. To this end, you should still record the details of your injury and the reason for your absence with your employer in their accident book.

      We would be delighted to help you make a claim for compensation for the injury to your back.

      I will also email you regarding this under separate cover.

      We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you with your claim.

      Best wishes


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