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Spending 7hrs/day or more at work depending on the industry is rather impressive when stepping back and observing all this time given away in order to be able to have a decent lifestyle.

Unfortunately, sometimes you have to overwork…if it is paid as overtime it can be a winner. But, with the ongoing tight economy it is unlikely. Employers usually prefer to give an extra day-off rather than forking out the cash that so many are lacking.

The trouble is that when working too many hours, accident(s) can happen. It is neither good for the employee nor for the boss.

Here is what you need to know about injuries at work.

According to some statisitics over the past year,  there were 591,000 people who suffered from work related incident. The consequence: days off for some and even weeks for others. This means the absenteeism could bring bad news for the productivity of the business.

One of the many ways you can make sure that you are properly compensated is to contact experts who could tell you how much is your claim worth. Solicitors will not play against your employer but will help and support you regarding the paperwork. All can be done via a phonecall and sometimes even online by using these clever chat boxes.

Many employees are anxious about this particular process but there is no real reason. Even if you are working for a family business (small company), liability insurance will cover claims that need to be made.

Injuries at work infographic

Infographic by Atrium Legal

Working in catering is different from “just” sitting at a desk. Not saying that working in an office is easy but the hours are usually 9 to 5 with some exceptions. Restaurants and hotels can have long hours and shifts too. Dealing with general public and anything related to hospitality is about the people first. The hours on the premises don’t really count.

So for office workers: Some injuries are related to  RSI (Repetitve Strain Injury). All this, because working on a screen and therefore using a keyboard and a mouse. Ergonomics is very important these days. Unfortunately, office furniture is too often too basic. How many people complaining about back pain do you know? Are they sitting down most of the day? This should not be accepted when starting a job! Employers spend money for the state-of-the-art computers whether there are PCs or MACs but strangely not on soft and well designed chairs which should support backs and arms to avoid RSI!

There are about half a million cases reported annually. One of the main problems about this condition is that not everyone is aware with the links causes/consequences of RSI.

Ergonomics infographic

But if you feel that something is not right: talk to your employer in the first place and contact your GP for a health check. If the diagnosis reveals that you are suffering from RSI, then get in touch for some personal injury advice.

Such mild tensions in your wrists can lead to more severe pain such as tendonitis. When treated correctly and early enough it will go back to normal. However, waiting too long and it could last for the rest of your life.

All injuries or health related issues which occur in the workplace must be taken seriously. It is always worth having a chat with your line manager to report the situation which could be a future problem for yourself and the company too. It could result in a loss or earnings and sadly early retirement too.

Some customers have recently been talking about various types of injuries – maybe because of the bad news concerning the historical Japanese earthquake.

One main conversation was about spinal cord injury. Something which seems to be slightly unknown by most of us.

After searching the net, find below the transcript of a video from access-legal, which explains clearly the effects which can be devastating for the victims.

They result in reduced function, loss of feeling, and loss of mobility. When that injury occurs, it does have a huge impact on that individuals life – and importantly the individual needs to know what to do and who to turn to.

We Access-Legal from Shoomsiths have a large team of lawyers who specialize in assisting individuals in order to recover the compensation that they are entitled to, so as they can have a good quality of life and really move on and have that financial support that they require in order to make a contribution to the community.

We work very closely with the experts in the spinal cord injury field, we work closely with rehabilitation centres, our objective is to make sure that you have the treatment you need  – and the care that you require immediately.

Our objective is to transfer you to a specialist spinal injury unit so as you get the correct care and treatment that you need.

The reality is that you will most likely be in that unit for between six to eight months, the treatment received is very intensive, and the objective is to make you as independent as possible, but maybe more importantly to make sure that you understand the complications of your injury and you know how – how to deal with it.

In the meantime in the background we will be looking at interim payments in order to fund your stay, more importantly we will be looking at your accommodation. If that suitable for you when you are discharged from the rehabilitation unit? What accommodation do you need? And we will work very closely with you in order to make sure that when you are discharged, you are discharged to a home that meets your needs.

We will also work with vocational experts, their objective is to look at you employment situation prior to the accident, work very closely with your employers with a view to reintegrate you into employment and identifying whether your previous roll is still suitable for you.

Our aim is to work closely with you and also with your family, because we can’t forget that not only does this injury have an impact on your personal life but also on those around you. They need support and they need to understand the injuries and more importantly they need to understand how they can help you through a very difficult phase.

I hope you found this summary helpful. Do get in touch with us if you have suffered a spinal cord injury yourself, or you are a family member who has a relative who is in hospital. We will visit you at home or in hospital, whatever suits you.

Rather scary – but we can’t ignore things like these which could affect any of us at anytime.

The banana skin’s cultural role is not confused: it is (and will remain) a standard in physical comedy.

Remember Chaplin or even the 3 Stooges. A simple and natural item so useful for quick laughs and easy situations.

However, there is a real danger when you meet the “evil” banana skin, in real life!

Imagine if such thing was dropped on a café/ shop floor. This could involve some accidents at work and a rise of back injury claims, which wouldn’t help the run of the business.

If customers fell on it, it would mean whiplash compensation for all injuries, due to negligence. The Health & Safety inspector would then turn up to make sure that everything is neat.

But some lazy and irresponsible people keep littering (it’s a criminal offence). There is a law against it!

Thankfully nothing happened in our workplace. It’s safe and good fun…fingers crossed! And in case there was an incident, we would consult an online service to help us out – or call a special 7/7 number. Ideal for all queries at the end of the day.

NB: Grapes are dangerous too – so be aware!!!