Back Injury Compensation

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Back Pain and Injuries: Manual Handling, Repetitive Strains and Slips and Falls

At some point in life most of us will suffer from back pain or injury. Back injuries can be caused by an accident at work or home or even by poor posture over a prolonged period of time.

People injure themselves at work every day. Back injuries are also common in the home; as a result of a car and other road accident (often described as whiplash injuries) and accidents involving tripping and slipping on highways and other surfaces.

Suffered a back injury at work?

Employers have particular duties to try and reduce the risk of their employees suffering back injuries caused by lifting or other manual handling activities (pulling or pushing for example). The law says employers should reduce the risk of this type of injury to the lowest practicable level.

Back Injury Compensation Experts

We are experts in winning compensation for clients suffering from back-related injuries or pain.

We understand the difficulties of living with a back injury and where possible we will try and put you in touch with specialist physiotherapy teams. Sadly it is the case that even where the cause of back pain is known, for example a lifting accident at work, chronic back pain is notoriously difficult to treat.

If you have suffered a back injury due to the negligence of a third party you could be entitled to compensation.

Common sources of back injury claims:

Accidents at work:

  • Employees suffering back injuries whilst operating heavy machinery
  • Employees falling from height in the construction industry
  • Manual handling related back injuries

Anyone whose job requires substantial lifting, pulling, pushing or twisting or vibrating the spine can be susceptible to a back or neck injury.

Slips trips and falls:

  • Falling down stairs in a public place that contained a hazard
  • Tripping due to a pothole in the pavement or road
  • Slipping on a wet floor

Road Traffic Accidents:

  • Car crash impacts
  • Cyclists and motorbike related injuries due to potholes in the road surface
  • Pedestrians hit by a motor vehicle
  • Motorbike collisions and road accidents

Back pain is often a secondary consequence of for example a lower limb injury or amputation, resulting in altered stance or gait.

Common types of back injury:

  • Facet Syndrome – can be caused by sudden movements which result in severe joint pain. It can also be a sign of a degenerative disc disease due to long term changes in the facet joint
  • Slipped Disc – often occurs in the lower back (lumbar spine) and are caused by excessive bending, lifting and sports related activities
  • Sacro Iliac Joint Dysfunction – pain usually occurs at the back of the pelvis but can also manifest in the lower back
  • Sciatica – although the pain does not normally manifest in the back (usually in buttock, hamstring, calf or foot) it stems from the Sciatic nerve in the spine which can become trapped or the disc itself can impinge on the nerve causing pain
  • Side Strain – common injury for cricket bowlers. It is tear of the internal and external oblique muscles attached to the 4 bottom ribs
  • Spinal Stenosis – this occurs when the spaces that surround nervous tissue in the lower back eg spinal cord and nerve roots narrows. It can cause pain in the back; buttocks; tingling and cramping leg pain and can include a pain when standing and walking
  • Spondylolysis – is a stress fracture of the lower back and is often caused by repeated arching and twisting of the back – common sports injury

Although these conditions can be caused by an accident or trauma often they are said to be constitutional or conditions that pre-date an accident. It is the job of the medical expert we instruct to say precisely what damage an accident caused, relative to any pre-existing condition.

It is surprisingly common to be told by consultant orthopaedic surgeons that arthritic change visible on an x-ray is not a predictor of the amount of pain an individual is suffering.

Can I claim compensation?

If you have suffered a back or spinal injury due to the negligence of someone else then, you could be entitled to compensation.

If you instruct us our back injury compensation solicitors will:

  • act on a "no win no fee" basis for you
  • visit you in your own home or a place that is convenient to you to discuss your case

If you lose your back injury compensation case we will not charge you a penny.

Time limits for making a claim for back injury compensation:

A standard 3 year time limit is in place for all personal injury compensation claims. You will need to lodge your claim with the Courts within 3 years of the date of your injury.

Back injury compensation solicitors

Call our specialist personal injury solicitors now on Freephone: 0808 129 3320 or complete our no obligation online enquiry form to find out if you could be entitled to back injury compensation now.

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