Back injuries can appear outwardly less serious than other, more obvious injuries such as broken bones and lacerations, but don’t be fooled. They can actually be incredibly painful and debilitating, putting you out of action whilst your back recovers. In fact, because the back is a complex part of the body, made up of interconnected tendons and muscles which link to the neck, arms, shoulders and legs, those who suffer a back injury often feel pain radiating to other parts of the body too. Some of the most common causes of back injuries at work can be avoided if employers take health and safety seriously.
How did your workplace accident happen?
Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience helping employees claim compensation for workplace accidents, and here are some of the most common causes of back injuries at work we have come across in that time:
- Falls from height – if you fall from scaffolding, a roof or even a ladder, you can suffer serious back, shoulder or spinal injuries
- Slip, trip or fall – for example falling down a flight of stairs, tripping over trailing cables in an office or slipping on oil spilt on a garage floor
- Manual handling injuries – if you’re lifting heavy items regularly without the proper training or equipment, you could suffer injuries, generally to the lower back
- Repetitive strain injuries from sitting for long periods of time and carrying out repetitive tasks. This is more common when employees’ workstations are not properly configured and/or if they are not allowed regular breaks
If you’ve been injured in any of the above scenarios, you could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation, provided it’s been three years or less since your accident at work.
How much does it cost to make a claim for compensation?
Many people are put off the idea of claiming personal injury compensation as they’re concerned that they won’t be able to afford the legal fees. Accident Advice Helpline’s professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim. If you have suffered serious spinal injuries after a fall from height at work or repetitive strain injuries which have affected your back, get in touch with us today.
It’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a claim, or take the 30-second test on our website, to see how much compensation you could receive.
Date Published: May 13, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton