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 in which 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 involved in a workplace accident in which you sustained back injuries because your employer failed to carry out their duty, then you can claim compensation from them with the help of our advisors and personal injury solicitors 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.
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 personal injury compensation claims differ from individual to individual, it is difficult to provide an exact figure for the payout you can receive without reviewing the particulars of your case. The settlement you receive is dependent on factors such as the extent of your injuries and the consequences they have had on your life. While some cases are simple and result in quick settlements, others remain stalled in the negotiation stage for years.
If you want to find out the average payout for back injuries at work and the approximate payout you could receive for your back injury claim, you can use Accident Advice Helpline 30-second calculator. This innovative tool, found on our website, is also designed to help you determine whether you are eligible to claim compensation for your injury.
Different types of back injuries for which you can claim compensation
Different back injuries attract different 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 and prolapsed discs. These injuries do not require surgery and the pain symptoms last for two to five years.
- Moderate back injuries. These 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 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and let us help you to get started on your back injury compensation claim.