You may suffer back damage at work from a number of things. It could be from carrying and lifting heavy objects, or from repeated movements that cause damage to the back. Poor posture whilst working at a computer can cause a back injury, as can working for long periods of time without rests. Injuries such as sprains, strains, pulled muscles or disc injuries can be caused from over-stretching or from carrying heavy loads. Back damage can also occur from high impacts such as a fall or a blow to the back.
When working at a desk, it is important to make sure that you are sitting in the correct position and ensure that you have regular breaks, otherwise you can get back pains and strains from repeated awkward movements or from sitting for too long. When you injure your back, your movement may be limited, it may be difficult to carry out your normal work because of pain or tension in the injured. You may suffer spasms and pain spreading to the legs. Some back injuries will heal by themselves but often take a long time, whereas other injuries need specialist care and attention before returning to normal. During that time you may find that you are unable to work and cannot carry out your normal duties.
Injured due to negligence?
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their employees are protected from injury. They should have health and safety procedures and regulations in place to minimise the risk of injury. People who do any sort of lifting at work should receive manual handling training to ensure that they have the knowledge to asses how to carry a heavy object without causing injury. Heavy boxes also need to be correctly labelled to ensure that employees are able to prepare themselves for carrying the weight. If you have suffered back damage at work because of your employer’s failure to follow health and safety regulations or lack of training, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
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Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a team of injury and accident experts ready to talk through your case with you. Every case is slightly different, but given our experience there is a very high chance that we have dealt with a case just like yours before. When you call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500, you will be able to speak with one of our friendly advisors who will help you to understand the process and what we can do for you.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown