Heavy lifting and back injury FAQs

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Heavy lifting and back injury FAQs

Here are some common questions and answers about heavy lifting back injuries. If your question is not answered here, please use the form on the right-hand side and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

How Are Heavy Lifting Back Injuries Caused?

You may suffer a back injury if your work involves heavy or repetitive lifting and you have not been provided with lifting equipment or adequate manual handling guidance and training by your employer. There is a legal duty on your employer to minimise the risk of injury and to keep you safe in your work place.

Can I make a claim?

You need not be still employed by your employer to make a back injury claim and you don’t need to have had medical treatment for your condition to make a claim. You can claim even if the injury occurred many years ago. If you have suffered a back injury caused by heavy lifting, we will give you free, no obligation advice as to whether you have a claim.

What do I have to pay?

Since our firm was established, we prided ourselves on our clients receiving 100% of their compensation. As solicitors, we claim our legal fees from our opponents on top of any compensation and therefore, we gave the guarantee that our clients receive 100% compensation.

However, following Government changes and the introduction of the Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Act which came into force on the 1 April 2013, we are now not able to recover all of our legal fees from our opponent and therefore only on successful cases, we do make a small charge from our client’s compensation. Therefore, if you are successful in your claim there will be a charge of up to 20% (plus 4% VAT) of your compensation. If for whatever reason, you are unsuccessful we will make no charge for our work and therefore our agreement remains a no win, no fee agreement. Given the new rules will allow solicitors and claims management companies to charge a fee of up to 50% of the compensation awarded (and we are aware of firms who do this), we think our small deduction is very competitive and keeping in the tradition of ensuring clients get the maximum, and as much of the compensation as possible.

What does “No Win, No Fee” actually mean?

It is simple: if you do not succeed in your claim, you pay nothing.

Will I have to fill out loads of paperwork?

No, we will be able to do most of the necessary paperwork for you. You will have to check the details of your claim before it is submitted, but we will assist you with this.

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