Every year, thousands of people end up making a back injury claim following a mishap or accident that leaves them struggling to move. This could follow a fall, or be the result of an impact injury, or it may simply occur because you lifted something and hadn’t been provided with proper manual handling training beforehand.
If you know how you could develop a back injury, you stand far less chance of sustaining one. However, there may still be instances where a third party’s actions lead you to suffer a similar injury. While we can avoid most reasons why such an injury might occur, we cannot always avoid them all. Sometimes, we may get very little warning that something is going to happen, and if that is the case, we may end up being injured and wondering if we could make a back injury claim.
How might you be treated if you have suffered a back injury?
The way a medical professional will go about treating a back injury depends on the injury received. For example, a pulled muscle would be treated very differently from a chipped vertebra. Sometimes, the back injury might involve a puncture wound if you fell on something sharp, or it could involve paralysis if you have fallen or suffered an impact that caused damage to your spinal cord. Thankfully, very few people undergo such accidents, and most injuries are far less serious in nature.
Where did you get your back injury?
Back injuries could potentially happen in the workplace if you did not receive manual handling training to help prevent you getting such an injury to start with. Your employer has a duty of care to provide such training if your job may involve moving things or lifting things. Some jobs are far more physical than others, and being able to prevent these injuries is very important.
Conversely, you may have received your back injury in an accident on the roads. Perhaps you were struck by a car as you took care to cross the road at a designated crossing. While we assume road users will stop at red lights, there are rare occasions when they don’t see them or choose to drive through anyway. If you were hit in this instance, you could receive multiple injuries, including back injuries. Even if you were in a vehicle when you had your accident, it is possible to pull a muscle in your back, or to suffer another form of injury to this part of your body.
If you incur a back injury at work, or in another situation whereby you are not to blame, you should always seek medical advice. Getting proof of your injuries is very important, because this proof can be used to help you press on and make a back injury claim if you decide to do so.
How do you know what kind of back injury you have?
The symptoms of a back injury vary depending on the injury itself. For example, a muscular injury caused by incorrect lifting techniques being used could manifest as a back spasm. Alternatively, an injury that affects the spinal cord could lead to numbness in one or more parts of the body. Hence why a proper diagnosis is always best.
Knowing the long-term effects of a back injury can be useful once you have a diagnosis. Some people will recover in days or perhaps a few weeks. However, in the case of serious back injuries, it could mean the person is partially or totally paralysed from that moment on. In any case, if a third party was negligent, claiming for a back injury might be the best course of action to take.
Medical attention sought early also means an injury can be treated in the best way, rather than being left and potentially having a chance to get worse. This could mean just going to your GP for a regular appointment, but in more serious cases, a 999 call for an ambulance will be the best option. This should be done if you have a serious injury that could be a threat to your life.
Do you want to know more about making a back injury claim?
Are you worried about the cost of claiming for a back injury? You shouldn’t be, because our team of lawyers always fight cases on a no-win, no-fee basis. That means there is no need to foot the bill for solicitors’ fees should you lose your case. We’ll advise you on what you should do, so you can move on with your life and get back to normal.
In some instances, a financial award of compensation can make your future far more secure. If you now need constant medical care for a serious back injury and its consequences, you may be worried about your financial future. A successful claim can help set your mind at rest, as can the advice given by our lawyers. All you need to do is ring.
A back injury claim could be a possibility for you if you can prove negligence occurred and someone else was therefore responsible. To see whether this is true for you, speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline today, by calling 0800 689 0500, or ringing 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. This is the best way to determine whether a claim would be right for you to make.
Date Published: 19th April 2017
Author: Rob Steen