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Back Injury Claim
If you have been affected by a back injury, we are here to provide you with the assistance needed to make a claim. We understand that this may be an incredibly traumatic time for you, and depending on the severity of your injuries, your claim and care will often require special attention.
From rehabilitation and care through to helping you obtain compensation for your injuries – you are in the best possible hands when you choose our expert team to represent you.
Back injuries can arise from a wide range of accidents. Whether your injuries were caused by an accident on the road, at work or a slip, trip or fall, back injuries can be extremely complex and the impact they can have on your home and work life can be life-changing.
Every injury is different. A wide range of conditions with varying severity and recovery periods can be associated with an injury to the back; ranging from minor whiplash following a road traffic accident, to spinal injuries of the utmost severity.
We understand that a back injury of this nature will have a large impact on your family life. Serious injuries and those affecting the spine, in particular, can require prolonged recovery and rehabilitation periods. We understand that your injuries may have debilitating effects and so our team will work with you and your family to provide the support that you need.
Whether you need assistance with day-to-day care, rehabilitation or ongoing treatment, you can (quite literally) rest assured that you’re in the best possible hands when you choose our expert team of lawyers to represent you.
A claim for back injury compensation can help you gain financial security for you and your family not only for your immediate needs following an accident but for any future care which may be required. In addition to financial recompense, pursuing a claim can enable you to access specialist medical assistance and rehabilitation, specialist equipment to aid with mobility and any modifications which may be required to make your home life easier.
If you wish to talk to us about a back injury, call our free advice helpline now on 0800 195 95 90 to talk to a member of our expert legal team. Our team are here to advise you of your options with the utmost care and sensitivity and have the experience required to answer any questions and concerns you may have.
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
How Does The Claims Process Work For A Back Injury?
There are two types of awards that you should be entitled to claim, namely “general damages” and “special damages”.
General damages primarily concentrate on the actual level of injury you’ve sustained, and this will usually be determined by a medical expert. During their examination, the medical specialist will discuss your injuries at some length with you and also consider any future requirements you might have, such as physiotherapy or other rehabilitation treatment. Once the specialist has prepared their report this will be sent to you for approval and then submitted to the other party so that they can be made aware of the extent of your injuries.
Special damages, on the other hand, are much easier to quantify since these will typically cover any out-of-pocket expenses you might have, such as loss of earnings, travel expenses, parking fees and so on. When you speak with a member of our team we’ll ask you to keep a note of any expenses you incur, together with any receipts which we can then produce to the other party for the purposes of reimbursement.
Suffice it to say, a claim for compensation can certainly help you gain financial security for both you and your family. Compensation will also look to meet both your immediate and future needs; such as any specialist equipment you might need (for example, mobility aids, adjustments around the home or workplace and so on). In more serious cases we can also look to have interim payments made to you so that you’re also able to meet any financial commitments you might have – such as rent or mortgage payments – especially if you’re unable to work as a result of the accident.
Put simply, we’re here to help you get back on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Back Injury At Work Claim
According to the Health and Safety Executive, one of the most common causes of accidents at work involve injury to either the back or spine. In fact, of all non-fatal injuries reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 during 2016/17, some 22% of these were due to manual lifting or handling.
If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer a back injury at work then you might well want to consider making a claim for compensation – particularly if your employer has breached certain legislation, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
What types of back injury can I claim for?
Put simply, if you’ve suffered any type of injury at work then you should be entitled to claim compensation for back injury at work. In terms of back injuries, it’s not uncommon to suffer from prolapsed discs, ligament or tendon damage and even paraplegia resulting from a spinal cord injury.
However, whatever type of injury you’ve sustained our team of experts are here to help get you back on the road to recovery; whilst also assisting you with the claims process every step of the way.
Will I lose my job?
One question we’re commonly asked is whether there’s any potential for you to lose your job as a result of your back injury.
Put simply, the answer to this is thankfully “no”; since every employer within the UK is duty bound to carry mandatory insurance which is there to protect you should anything go wrong. In fact, should your employer attempt to dismiss you purely as a result of an accident at work then you’ll be able to make a valid claim for unfair dismissal. However, in the vast majority of cases, claims can be dealt with quite quickly and simply using your employer’s HR policies and procedures. Remember, one of the key requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act is that your employer should provide you with a safe place within which to work as far as they are reasonably able to do so.
Back injury at work pay out
To ensure that you get the best possible advice, our team of advisers will quickly point you in the right direction when it comes to receiving a pay-out from your employer.
Whilst most companies have their own accident reporting procedure, we might also advise you to obtain the name and contact details of any independent witnesses and, if you’ve sustained any type of injury, then it’s likely we’ll need a medical report too.
If your employer has its own Occupational Health department then we’ll usually liaise with these to ensure you receive the best possible treatment and above all else, help you return to work as soon as you’re able. Of course, if you lose any income as a result of your injury (for example, if your typical pay is reduced through the provision of statutory sick pay) then we’ll be able to provide you with advice on how best to minimise your losses whilst also putting a claim together on your behalf.
What do I need to do next?
For an informal chat with one of our team, why not give us a call on Freephone 0800 195 95 90 or use our online chat facility for further information. We look forward to working with you!
Injuries To The Back
Pulls, Sprains, and Strains
Back injuries often occur when you least expect them, for example, when carrying out everyday tasks. Pulls, sprains, and strains occur as a result of a muscle being torn or over-stretched, often leading to acute back pain and difficulties standing or moving.
Lumbar Spine Trauma
Lower back pain, or lumbar spine trauma, is one of the most common injuries (although not the only one) to the lower back. As well as feeling very uncomfortable it can also be incredibly painful. There are four main types of lumbar spine injuries:
- Fractures – bone cracks or breaks
- Hernias – spinal disc movement or damage
- Sprains – supporting ligaments tear or damage
- Strains – damage to the muscles
Spinal Injury Claims
Some injuries cause damage to the spinal cord, which can lead to life-long discomfort, phantom pains or nerve injuries. As you may know, your spinal cord is a collection of important nerve fibres that travel along your spine and connect your brain to virtually every part of your body. Therefore, damage to the tissue can result in various serious conditions and symptoms such as incontinence, loss of sensation, and even paralysis.
What does the spinal cord do?
The spinal cord passes through the neck and back and contains all the essential nerves which carry messages to and from the brain and then on into the rest of the body.
As with most injury types, damage to the spinal cord can vary quite significantly in terms of the overall impact it might potentially have on your health. In less serious cases it might affect blood pressure, body temperature and bladder or bowel control. However, it can also impact on a person’s sexual function and fertility – especially in cases where the lower body is affected.
How are spinal cord injuries sustained?
This specific type of injury can be caused through all sorts of eventualities including:
- Bullet or stab wounds
- Road traffic incidents (particularly where a traumatic injury is sustained)
- Extreme twisting through the middle of the body area (for example, through sporting activities, or even through a motorbike accident)
- Basic slips, trips or falls
- Surgical procedures and/or inadequate care following surgery
- Delayed diagnosis of spinal cord compression
- Non-traumatic cases, such as infections, insufficient blood flow or tumours.
Injuries to the spinal cord are usually categorised as being either complete or incomplete. Complete injuries are diagnosed when there is a total loss of sensation and/or muscle function, whilst incomplete injuries mean that at least some of the nervous signals are able to travel past the injured area of the cord.
Actual symptoms of spinal cord injury range quite significantly – from slight pain or numbness right through to complete paralysis and permanent tetraplegia (sometimes referred to as quadriplegia).
Brachial Plexus injuries
The Brachial Plexus is a series of spinal nerves that are located between your shoulder blades. If these are damaged, you can suffer from an injury known as Brachial Neuritis, or Parsonage-Turner Syndrome. This nerve damage can result in tingling or numbness, along with hand and arm pains.
What should I do if I suffer a spinal injury?
If you are diagnosed with any type of spinal injury then it’s advisable that you speak to one of our experienced team as soon as possible. Unfortunately, treatment for spinal cord injuries often necessitates prolonged periods of rehabilitation and very often the use of mobility aids.
If you’ve suffered a spinal injury that wasn’t your fault then we’ll certainly be able to help you make a spinal injury compensation claim for your personal injury, together with any other associated losses such as travel expenses, loss of earnings, medical fees, prescription charges and so on. In the event that you need any additional assistance – such as mobility aids, or domestic care for day-to-day duties around the home – then we can advise you on this too, so the sooner you speak to us the better. Best of all, we can also manage your claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means that you won’t have to pay us anything up front.
Put simply, we’re here to help and that means you can concentrate on getting yourself better without having to worry. For more info click here smithjonessolicitors.co.uk/personal-injury-claims/upper-body-injuries/spinal-injury-claim/. Or for an informal chat, why not give one of our team a call on Freephone 0800 195 95 90.