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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Megadeth guitarist suffers stenosis via headbanging


    Rocking the stage in front of audiences of thousands of people may seem like the ultimate job, but being a rock star has its hazards. As with every job, playing on stage on a regular basis carries a risk of accidents at work and Megadeth guitarist, Dave Mustaine, knows the dangers of the industry all too well.

    Case Study: Megadeth guitarist, Dave Mustaine

    In September 2011, Megadeth guitarist, Dave Mustaine, underwent surgery for stenosis, a condition, which affects the neck and spine and causes pressure to be exerted on the spinal cord.

    The most common symptoms include neck and back pain and pain that runs along the back of the leg. Usually, this condition is associated with ageing, arthritis or trauma; however, in the case of Dave Mustaine, the rocker believes that years of headbanging were to blame for his intolerable back pain.

    Mustaine said that even though he suffered pain a long time before he eventually had surgery, he continued to give it everything on stage and was renowned for one particular move, which involved snapping the head forwards and backwards.

    In interviews since the procedure, Mustaine admits that it probably wasn’t the best thing to do, but it was a form of expression and part of his job.

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    The reality of workplace illness and injury

    The example of Dave Mustaine is an extreme version of a workplace injury, however, the risk of work accidents is very real. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive confirmed that more than 629,000 people in the UK were injured at work in 2013/2014, while 1.2 million people suffered from work-related illness.

    In total, more than 28 million working days were lost as a direct result of illness or injury.

    Claiming work injury compensation

    If you wish to claim work injury compensation for an accident at work, you must be able to prove that the incident wasn’t your fault, and that it occurred within the last three years. If you’d like to find out if you have a viable case for work accident compensation, take the simple 30-second eligibility test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.

    Our law firm was established in 2000 and has built a reputation based on reliability and professionalism. Our experienced team of lawyers handle personal injury claims with expertise and has already helped to secure compensation for hundreds of people.

    Get the ball rolling and speak with one of our friendly advisers today via our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Thanks to Accident Advice Helpline’s 100 per cent no-win no-fee policy, there’s nothing to lose and no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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