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Average payout for back injuries at work

September 24th, 2013


People spend a considerable part of their lives in their workplaces. Therefore, employers have a responsibility to ensure that their employees have a safe and healthy environment where they can work. They are also responsible for ensuring that preventative measures are put in place to reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace, including back injuries.

Neglecting any of these duties leaves room for workplace accidents. If you have been in a workplace accident where you sustained back injuries because your employer failed to carry out their duty, then you can claim compensation from them here at Accident Advice Helpline.

Understanding back injuries

The back is divided into three main parts, namely the upper (cervical) spine, middle (thoracic) spine and the lower (lumbar) spine. The cervical or upper spine is typically referred to as the neck. Back injury compensation claims often deal with injuries sustained on the lower and middle spine together with the surrounding tissues and muscles.

The common causes of back injuries at work include lifting heavy objects and slips, trips or falls. If you have been a victim of any of these through no fault of your own, you can claim compensation for financial losses as well as for the pain and suffering you incurred.

Compensation for back injuries

Since injury compensation claims differ from individual to individual, it is difficult to give an exact figure for the payout you can receive without reviewing the particulars of your case. Generally, back injury payouts range from £1,000 to £200,000 although this figure only provides a rough estimate.

The final settlement you receive is dependent on factors such as the details and extent of your injuries and the consequences they have had on your life. While some compensation claim cases are simple, resulting in quick settlements, others remain stalled in the negotiation stage for years on end.

If you want to find out the approximate payout you could receive from your back injury claim, you can use the Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second calculator. This innovative tool, found on our website, is also designed to help you determine if you are eligible to claim compensation for your back injury.

Different types of back injuries you can claim compensation for

Different back injuries attract different compensation payouts. Back injuries are grouped as follows:

  • Least severe back injuries. These include strains and muscle injuries that last for a few weeks with no further symptoms of pain two years after the accident.
  • Minor back injuries. These include muscle injuries, strains or cases of prolapsed discs. These injuries do not require surgery and the pain symptoms last for two to five years.
  • Moderate back injuries that include crushed fractures of the spine, spinal fusion and prolapsed discs. These often require surgery.
  • Very severe back injuries. These are the most serious back injuries. They can result in impairment of lower body functions and paralysis.

Give us a call today on 0800 180 4123 and let us help you get started on your back injury compensation claim.


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