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How to make a back injury claim
Back injuries are quite a common type of injury, but they can also be some of the most painful. Even minor back injuries can make it difficult for you to move about, and you might also be in pain when lying down.
Nobody deserves to be stuck at home with a back injury – being unable to spend time with friends and family can be very isolating and you might also have had to take time off work. This is hard enough to cope with under normal circumstances, but if your injury was someone else’s fault, then it can feel especially unfair.
The first step to making a back injury claim is to find out whether you have a case. You can do this by getting in touch with us for free on 0800 234 6438.
Your call will be taken by one of our trained advisors, and they’ll have the expertise to be able to let you know whether they think you can claim.
After our conversation, there’s no obligation to take it any further – in fact, you might just want answers to your questions and nothing more. But if you do decide you’d like to go ahead, we’ll be able to find the right solicitor for your case and can put you in touch with them straight away.
Your solicitor will look at the impact your injury has had on your finances and your day-to-day life, and will work hard to get you the full amount of compensation you’re owed.
Back injuries at work
Because we all spend a lot of our waking hours at work, it’s normal to feel safe and relaxed in your workplace. But this makes it all the more shocking when accidents happen.
Unfortunately, back injuries are quite common at work – especially if your job involves heavy lifting, repetitive strenuous movements, or using vibrating machinery such as in factories or construction.
All employers have a duty of care to try to keep their staff safe from back injuries. As part of this, they have to make sure you’re given the training, equipment and supervision you need to be able to carry out your job safely. They should also complete regular risk assessments to make sure the right precautions are being taken.
If you’ve been injured at work because your employer hasn’t followed health and safety rules, then it’s likely we can help you make a compensation claim.
You might feel nervous about making a claim against your employer, but there’s no need to worry. It’s against the law for you to be dismissed or treated differently as a result of your claim. And your compensation will be paid by their insurance (called Employers’ Liability Insurance), so you can feel sure they won’t be left with a bill they can’t afford.
Other common causes of back injuries
Because back injuries are so common, they can happen because of lots of different types of accident. But although we run the risk of injury in everyday life, there are measures which can be taken to improve safety.
We’ve listed some examples below:
- Slips, trips and falls in public places can cause back injuries if spillages aren’t cleared up quickly or signposted
- Road traffic accidents can happen because of other road users driving recklessly
- Injuries can be caused by medical negligence if you’ve received poor treatment, delayed diagnosis, or incorrect diagnosis
Types of back injuries
Any back injury is likely to cause you a lot of pain and will usually stop you being able to walk and move around as usual – we can normally help you no matter how minor or serious your injury is.
You can find some information below on some of the types of back injury, but if your injury isn’t listed here then please don’t worry. If your accident happened in the last three years and was somebody else’s fault, then it’s likely we can still help you.
- Strains and sprains: these can happen when the muscle is overstretched or torn. They’re usually a more minor type of back injury, but can still cause difficulty moving and standing
- Lumbar spine trauma (lower back pain): this is a relatively common type of back injury, and can be categorised as a fracture, herniation, sprain or strain
- Spinal injuries: these can be very serious, with potentially life-changing consequences. Because of the importance of the spinal cord, damage can cause paralysis in severe cases
- Brachial plexus injury (Parsonage Turner Syndrome): this affects the network of nerves between your shoulders, and can cause discomfort, numbness and tingling
How much compensation will you get?
When you speak to our solicitors, they’ll ask you some questions about your injury so they can get a clear understanding of how it’s affected your life. Based on this, they’ll then work out the amount of compensation you’re owed.
This means we’re unable to tell you exactly how much you could receive before you start your claim. But you can try our free compensation calculator to get a guideline figure.
One of the advantages of making your claim with us is that it’ll be made on a no win no fee basis. This means you won’t have to pay your solicitor if your claim is unsuccessful, and it also means you’ll get to keep most of your compensation if you do win your case.