Back injuries can occur at work, in the home or in public. They commonly result from road traffic accidents, incorrect manual handling, falls from heights, slips and trips, and defective products.
Road traffic accidents
Road traffic accidents can cause whiplash, in which pain can spread through your neck and down your spine. If a nerve in your back becomes damaged or trapped as a result of your accident, you may experience considerable back pain.
Incorrect manual handling
Lifting and carrying heavy objects can cause back injuries. If your job involves lifting and carrying, you should use machinery to lift heavy objects wherever possible. However, if you cannot avoid lifting and carrying heavy loads, you should receive training on the correct way in which to lift and carry objects.
Falls from heights
Falls from heights typically result in back injuries, particularly if you fall flat on your back. If your job involves working at heights, your employer should carry out regular inspections of your workplace, including inspections of the equipment you are required to use.
Slips and trips
Slips and trips on wet floors and uneven surfaces commonly cause heavy falls, which can result in back injuries.
Defective products, such as chairs and ladders, can cause back injuries, particularly if they break or collapse under your weight.
Types of spinal injuries compensation claims
Some of the most common spinal injuries compensation claims are for the following injuries:
• Slipped discs
• Soft tissue damage
The severity of a back injury can vary, depending on the nature of your injuries. If your injury is mild, you may make a complete recovery in a couple of weeks. If it is severe, you may suffer from permanent disability and/or persistent pain.
Claiming spinal injuries compensation
If you have damaged your back in an accident that was someone else’s fault, a personal injury compensation claim may support your recovery. To find out if Accident Advice Helpline can help you, phone our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to a professional advisor about making a personal injury claim. Alternatively, complete our online 30-second test and determine whether you are eligible to make a claim.
Do not consign yourself to a life of physical, emotional and financial suffering – let our spinal injuries compensation claims solicitors seek justice on your behalf.
Date Published: 6th August 2013
Author: David Brown