I have heard that, in a manual handling injury claim, you can ask for extra compensation if you are no longer able to participate in hobbies and pastimes due to your injury. Is this true?
This element of a manual handling injury claim is known as “loss of amenity” and it can be claimed in any personal injury compensation claim where the victim´s quality of life has deteriorated, not just in a claim for manual handling injury compensation.
In order to include a claim for “loss of amenity” in a manual handling injury claim, it has to be shown that you are no longer able to pursue hobbies and pastimes that you enjoyed prior to sustaining an injury due to a third party´s negligence.
As a manual handling injury usually affects the back and upper limbs, it should not be hard to demonstrate that certain actions are limited — especially any which involve bending or lifting — and a solicitor would assess this element of your manual handling injury compensation claim in order to place a financial value on it and include in the letter of claim to the negligent party´s insurers.
As this part of a manual handling injury compensation claim requires professional assessment, it is advisable to treat with caution any direct approach from the negligent party´s insurance company with a proposed manual handling injury compensation settlement. Frequently, these offers of settlement do not represent the full value of a manual handling injury compensation claim and are best referred to a solicitor.
Indeed, for an accurate assessment of how much manual handling injury compensation you should be entitled to receive, you are encouraged to speak with a personal injury compensation solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity.