Employees and Hernias From Work

Men are 5 times more likely to get a hernia than a woman. If you’re not too hot on what a hernia is, then read on.

Most hernias are medically known as ‘inguinal’ hernias. They occur when there is a rupture in the abdominal wall. Fat tissues or intestine may protrude through the rupture. Although no pain may be felt at first, it’s possible to feel a bump in the groin area. It’s possible that it could feel sensitive in that area when lifting or bending.

Inguinal hernias can be broken down into two different types. The classification of indirect is given when there is a congenital defect in the wall of the abdomen. Direct is when the cause of the hernia is physical activity.

As many as 70,000 operations take place in the UK alone each year, to repair hernias. Most of these are successful. However, it can mean that the sufferer has to take quite a long time off work and they will suffer from loss of earnings. It will also mean that they cannot lift and they may even have to change to a different job.

Not getting the hernia attended to can lead to medical issues. For example, there could be disruption to the blood supply meaning that some of the soft tissues of the body will not get the blood supply necessary to stay healthy. It can even lead to obstruction of the bowel.

During the operation, the surgeon will push the tissues back through the abdominal wall and then use a mesh to prevent it from happening again. Sometimes they use a wire instead. If it’s possible to treat a hernia this way, then it’s defined as being ‘reducible’.

There is a weakness around the abdominal area, so unfortunately inguinal hernias occur frequently. In very physical jobs, there is a lot of pressure put on the tissues in the stomach area with muscles and tendons sometimes pushing the tissues through the abdominal wall.

Unfortunately, once a hernia has occurred, then it’s easy to get one again. Even after surgery, a weakness can still be there causing further problems.

The most common cause of hernias at work is lifting and transporting heavy items. Pulling, pushing and carrying heavy loads can all lead to this type of physical injury. Even too much coughing can cause a problem in the groin area.

It’s possible to seek compensation if you suffer a hernia at work through no fault of your own. There are specific regulations that need to be followed by employers

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Understanding Work Injury Claims

Many employees feel uncomfortable at the thought of pursuing compensation after a workplace accident. Even if workers decide not to follow through with legal action, it’s essential that they still collect the correct documentation for their records and that their medical needs are attended to promptly. Supervisors, managers and health and safety representatives should speak with injured parties as soon as possible after the injury in order to answer any questions and deal with any concerns that they may have.

The most effective way to handle workplace injuries is to approach it as though you are going to claim compensation from the company. Then if you choose to not take any action, it will not matter, but you will still have everything that you need to follow through with this option. Your injury will need to be considered very seriously so that if you change your mind later on down the line, you still have all that you need in order to make a claim.

What should you do if you have a work injury?

The first and most important action to take is to tell your manager and the workplace health and safety representative. You will be asked for a detailed account of what happened, so that it can be entered into the accident book.  Take your time to read the entry properly, before you sign it.

If your place of work has a union representative, you should then report your accident to them. Ideally, this will be on the same day as the accident so that there is no confusion or loss of memory about what happened. If you have to take a day or more off work due to your injury, then you will need to inform your supervisor. They have a legal duty to report it to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) within 3 days. This will make your case stronger when it comes to making a work injury claim, as there will then be a public record of the injury.

If you need to find out more about how to make a claim for an accident that has happened in the workplace, you can contact us for a no-obligation confidential chat.  Our experienced and friendly legal team will advise you on your rights and will discuss what might be possible for you when it comes to compensation.

Call us now on 0800 542 0282.

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