injuryinjury at work
A back injury at work is a really common event. Anyone who has suffered with back pain will know how discouraging and agonising it can be. It can affect every aspect of your life at home and work, and when a back injury has been sustained at work it can be even more frustrating. Take our quick 30-second test to see if you can make a claim for a back injury at work.
What is a back injury at work?
If you are wondering what sorts of back injuries are relevant to making a compensation claim, then take a look the following list:
- Sprains and strains;
- Herniated discs;
- Fractured vertebrae;
- Lumbar pain; and
- Cumulative trauma disorders.
Any of these back injuries can lead to other health issues such as debilitated abdominal muscles and enervated hamstrings. These conditions are by and large caused by over-exertion of the back, and in some cases this is because the employee is doing extra work due to staff shortages.
The rules around lifting and back injuries at work
It is not suggested that anyone lifts more than 20 pounds on their own. However, in today’s world employees who have not been drilled properly are frequently expected to lift extra weight and in turn sustain back injuries at work. All employers must choose a health and safety officer to carry out daily risk assessments for their employees. If you have an existent back injury that your employer is aware of and they fail to adhere to the health and safety rules, hence exacerbating the existent condition, you may be able to make a claim for the increased pain and discomfort caused to your back injury.
What should I do following an accident?
With any claim for personal injury, evidence to support your claim is often a necessity. If you know or feel that someone else is responsible for you having become injured, that person or group may owe you compensation. You will need evidence to support your claim.
Some of the most common causes of a back injury at work
There are many different potential causes of a back injury at work:
- Lifting heavy objects;
- Incorrect posture at your workstation;
- Slips, trips and falls;
- Road traffic accidents;
- Incorrect safety equipment;
- Failing to adhere to health and safety regulations;
- Vibrating machinery and tools; and
- Insufficient training.
It is the employer’s legal duty to guarantee that each of their employees have the needed training to carry out their duties without causing an injury to themselves or others. Every employer must choose a health and safety officer to carry out regular risk assessments for their employees, and the health and safety poster must be displayed on the office notice board at all times.
Some of the chief occupations that have an advanced risk of back injuries at work are:
- Care workers;
- Refuse collectors;
- Maintenance workers;
- Office workers;
- Hospital staff; and
Have you received a back injury at work? If so then give one of our trained advisers at Accident Advice Helpline a call for free on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to make a compensation claim for your back injuries.
Date Published: 16th May 2013