Back issues can be the result of manual handling accidents; falls, slips or trips; or prolonged periods of time spent in awkward positions. Ranging from persistent dull aches and pains to sudden, often incapacitating, sharp pains, back injuries are occasionally treated with physiotherapy involving flexion exercises.
Typically involving forward bending, flexion exercises are used to:
- Reduce pressure on nerves by widening spaces between vertebrae
- Stretch back and hip muscles
- Strengthen abdominal or back muscles
It is believed that strengthening of abdominal muscles assists in reducing spinal loads.
Preventing accidents at work
In order to prevent work–related back injuries, employers are required by health & safety laws to provide well maintained equipment and instruction in safe manual handling procedures, as well as allowing workers operating in positions likely to cause cumulative back injuries to take regular breaks. Employees must use provided equipment and follow procedures as instructed to assist in the prevention of injuries at work.
Workers injured at work through lack of suitable equipment or training; being forced to remain in awkward positions for long periods of time; or defective equipment, may qualify for industrial injury compensation. This applies to both acute and long term personal injuries to the back.
Claiming compensation for work-related injuries
To successfully claim injury compensation, injuries must have been the result of accidents no longer than a maximum of 36 months previous. In addition, the accident leading to the workplace injury must have been the result of another person’s fault or negligence.
How to claim compensation
The process of claiming for accidental injury compensation can be set into motion by contacting the Accident Advice Helpline. It is often advisable to, first of all, confirm eligibility to claim by filling in the compensation calculator on this law firm’s website, or discussing the situation with one of the company’s helpful, highly experienced advisers. Calls are free, confidential, and advisers are available 24/ 7.
Accident Advice Helpline
Having operated in the business of providing personal injury compensation for almost 14 years, Accident Advice Helpline is able to provide claimants with a highly qualified legal team. The legal professionals assigned to each case are carefully selected to ensure their expertise perfectly matches the circumstances surrounding a claim. As a result, most claims can be dealt with virtually entirely over the phone, and often, settlements are achieved out of court. To prevent financial burdens being added to already stressful situations, claims are conducted on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown