If you have injured your back in an accident at work or a slip, trip or fall in a public place then it can be pretty painful. Even minor injuries such as a pulled muscle can result in pain that could prevent you from going to work or taking part in your usual activities in your free time. It’s tempting to think that the best thing to do is support your back, but back injury support can actually prevent your back from healing as quickly as it should.
Your physiotherapist or GP will normally recommend a range of exercises to carry out at home that will help you to stay mobile and help your back to heal, so a back injury support isn’t normally recommended.
Is a back injury support recommended for lower back injuries?
If you do a lot of manual lifting and labour and have suffered from a back injury before then your GP may recommend you wear a support. However, this isn’t a substitute for proper manual handling and lifting techniques – it’s just designed to support your back whilst you bend your knees and lift loads that are not too heavy. Your employer still needs to ensure that they are doing their bit by providing you with manual handling training and making sure you have assistance to move and lift heavy and awkward loads.
If they don’t do this and you suffer a back injury then you could have a viable claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a personal injury claim provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
Will you have to go to court?
The good news is that most back injury claims don’t end up in court, so it’s unlikely to be something you will have to worry about. Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team will support you throughout the claims process and most claims can be processed in full over the phone. You can get in touch with us at any time after your accident to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim.
Just call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and our expert advisors will help you out. You’ll get confidential, no-obligation advice and there’s the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the claims process. You have nothing to lose, so get in touch with us today.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton