General Damages and Special Damages
Your back injury compensation settlement is made up of two parts: General Damages and Special Damages.
General Damages reflect the pain and suffering you’ve experienced following your back injury, as well as the impact on your quality of life.
Special Damages, meanwhile, reflect any financial costs you’ve had since you were injured, such as:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- The cost of any care and support you’ve got and/or will need in future
- Travel expenses to medical appointments
- Loss of pension
Together, General Damages and Special Damages should take into account the full consequences of your injury at work, and put you in a position where you don’t lose out financially and can access any care, support and rehabilitation you may need.
Common Causes of Back Pain at Work
Back pain in the workplace can be caused by many different factors. According to the Mayo Clinic, these can include:
- Lifting or moving heavy objects
- Repetitive movements such as twisting or rotating your spine
- Sedentary work such as desk jobs, particularly if you don’t have adequate back support on your chair and poor posture
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that you reduce the chances of suffering an injury in a manual handling accident by avoiding awkward postures, repetitive movements of your arms, legs and back, and heavy lifting.
But the HSE stresses that if it’s not possible to avoid handling a heavy load, your employer must assess the level of risk and put sensible measures in place to prevent and avoid injury.
According to the latest HSE data, 693,000 people in the UK sustained an injury at work during 2019/20. Many of these probably could and should have been avoided, so it’s vital that employers take the necessary steps to keep their staff free from injury.
A back injury can happen in any working environment and have a lasting effect on a person’s life, so any potential risks must be identified and dealt with appropriately.
If your employer has been negligent in any way and this led to you being injured, contact our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free, no obligation claims assessment, and we’ll let you know we can help you claim compensation.