If you lift heavy objects in your work or regularly do some kind of lifting, you could suffer back pain from lifting. This could be a strain or sprain, or a pulled back muscle that may take weeks to heal, or it could be something more serious like a slipped disc or trapped nerve. Muscle injuries such as strains are a common type of back injury; they can happen when too much stress is put on the muscles in the back. It can cause a lot of pain and make it difficult to move the injured area. These types of injury will heal themselves, but it will take time — often weeks or months.
More serious back pain from lifting can happen if an intervertebral disc is injured; they can bulge or rupture from repeated dangerous movements and when under a lot of physical stress. A weak spot is caused, which will press on the nerves around it and cause acute pain that can radiate down to the legs. It is important to be aware of your back when lifting, because of the possible injuries that can occur if it is not done properly. Employers have a responsibility to consider this and ensure that health and safety regulations are followed, and everything is done to minimise the possibility of injury.
Back injury compensation
You may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered a back injury that resulted from lack of training, incompetence or a failure of your employer to take the necessary precautions to avoid risk of injury. Training should be given to all workers who will be doing any kind of lifting or manual handling and they should not be asked to carry out such tasks without having received proper training. Heavy boxes or unexpectedly heavy loads should be labelled so that a person can prepare to lift the load correctly and with support if necessary. A person can be severely hurt with back injuries and it can affect them for the rest of their life, so it is vital that companies have good procedures in place to protect their staff.
About Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a great deal of experience in helping people to claim, and have dealt with many back injury cases. We offer free, no-obligation advice to you over the phone from our injury and accident experts, so you can speak to someone before going ahead with a claim. If you want to make a claim, our no win no fee policy means that there are no fees to pay in advance, and most people do not need to go to court throughout making a claim. Give us a call on 0800 689 0500 or use our 30-second online claim calculator to see how much you could be entitled to receive.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown