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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Treating back issues: Flexion exercises


    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.

    Flexion exercise

    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 workrelated 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.

    Work injury compensation

    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.

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    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

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.