Solicitors at Coles Miller are urging care homes to provide staff with better training and more hoists to help them avoid injury when they lift patients.
Coles Miller’s personal injury lawyers are seeing more compensation claims from care workers who have suffered back and hip injuries.
Head of the firm’s Personal Injury Department Adrian Cormack said: “Never underestimate the impact of soft tissue injuries. They can have a terrible and lasting impact on a person’s quality of life and their ability to earn a living.”
He added: “We see a lot of these claims from care workers. I worry that financial pressure may have led some homes to cut corners when it comes to providing their staff with the correct training and hoists.”
Victims of soft tissue injuries are claiming up to £10,000 plus loss of earnings. They include trades people injured while working at awkward angles (such as plumbers and heating engineers) or in cramped conditions (such as boatbuilders).
“But we don’t see as many claims from warehouses now because the logistics industry has become very good at providing its people with the right handling equipment and training,” said Mr Cormack.
“We are urging other sectors to follow suit and to learn from the best practice in the logistics industry,” he added.
His comments coincide with RoSPA’s annual month-long #OSHtober workplace safety campaign (October 1-31 2017). This year the campaign is focusing on work-related musculo-skeletal disorders.
For more information, contact Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, head of the Personal Injury Department, 01202 355695.