Back injuries are common in the workplace and can be caused by a number of things. They can be prevented by proper health and safety training and taking adequate measures to relieve pressure on your back but unfortunately, employers can be negligent. When you suffer a back injury at work you can take steps to receive compensation if you were not at fault but there are some considerations to make beforehand.
Was your back injury at work avoidable?
If you suffer a back injury at work, you must first consider whether you could have taken measures to prevent it from happening. If you were fully trained on proper manual handling procedures and you did not follow them, then your back injury cannot be attributed to employer negligence. Back injuries can occur anywhere, from the office to a building site, so it is important to determine if you were trained enough and whether you could have prevented the injury.
Was someone else at fault?
If you think you were improperly trained or you feel your back injury at work was not your fault, then you could be eligible for compensation. Perhaps you were not informed on how to sit adequately at your computer desk and have a back injury due to poor posture. There are regulations which employers must abide by and they must inform you on how to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury or back pain. This also applies to moving heavy objects, whether you are lifting or pulling objects with equipment. If you are not trained on how to reduce the risk of back injury at work, you are not at fault. In some cases, other employees may not be trained properly which may cause your injury.
What can I do about it?
Accident Advice Helpline is free to call and you are under no obligation to continue with your claim after receiving advice. If our accredited lawyers think that you have a case, then you are free to pursue it, and we will only take a fee if you do indeed win your compensation. Most of our personal injury compensation cases are dealt with over the phone and never need to go to court so it should essentially be a stress-free process. Back injuries can prevent you from continuing employment therefore monetary compensation will help you with any financial difficulties you may have as a result.