Compensation for back injury at work
If you have hurt your back or suffered work-related back injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Back injuries can result in being unable to work or having to change jobs- which could lead to less pay or having to work part-time. We are recognised as a top tier law firm in the prestigious Legal 500 directory and we are also accredited by the Law Society for personal injury. So you can rest assured that our back injury solicitors are experts in their field and have helped a large number of clients get the compensation they deserve.
Work-related back injury settlements
We have worked on a number of claims for compensation for back injury at work here are some of the back injury settlements we have won:
£60,000 for HGV driver in a work-related accident
Our client, an HGV driver, was preparing to deliver kegs and cases of beer when some empty kegs fell off his truck onto his back, causing him to fall to the ground. Our client injured his lower back which accelerated symptoms of osteoarthritis by around 3-5 years and placed him at a disadvantage on the labour market. He also suffered blunt trauma to his head. Due to his injuries, he was unable to return to work as an HGV driver and had difficulty driving in general. Liability was admitted by the defendant and a back-injury settlement was agreed at £60,000.
Compensation for agency worker with back injury
Our client, a delivery driver, sustained a back injury at work when he had to climb up the side of his truck to load it despite numerous requests for a step. As he climbed up to the back of the truck he slipped and twisted his back and sustained a soft tissue injury. He took two days of work as he required help with domestic tasks. However, as an agency worker, he was required to take these two days off as annual leave. After this incident, our client contacted us, and we were able to secure him £3,522 in compensation.
Work-related back injuries: employer's responsibilities
All employees have the right to work in a safe environment and all employers have a responsibility to protect their workers as much as is reasonable from a back injury. If your employer fails to ensure your safety or provide you with the appropriate training or safety equipment and you suffer a back injury at work as a result, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Your employer has the duty to ensure you are as safe as possible at work and ensure that the following has been completed:
- An adequate risk assessment is in place
- Personal protective equipment has been provided if required
- You are provided with a safe system of work
- You are provided with instructions on how to use equipment
- Compliance with health and safety policies in place
- You are provided with adequate training
- The correct tools have been supplied to enable you to work safely
- Manual handling activities are minimised as far as possible
- Your workstation is suitable and sufficiently spacious
Specialist back injury solicitors
At Stephensons, we deal with a wide variety of compensation for back injuries at work, but the most common types of back injury involve the following:
- Injuries to soft tissue
- Damages to tendons and ligaments
- Prolapsed discs/slipped discs
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
Your back injury may affect your quality of life and leave you in life-long pain, it can change your life considerably. In some severe instances, a back injury at work can lead to paralysis rendering you unable to walk or work again. If you are injured, whether instantly or as a result of prolonged exposure to dangerous practices at work, it’s vital you contact an expert work accident solicitor. You need an experienced team on your side, fighting for your right to compensation and one that can gather the appropriate evidence to support your claim.
You and your back-injury solicitor will need to prove that your employer or someone you work with was at fault and any delays in making a claim can be harmful to your case. There are strict time limits relating to accident at work claims, so contact us as soon as possible to increase your chances of a positive outcome.
It’s important to remember that your employer cannot dismiss you for making a compensation claim, so there is nothing to worry about when making back injury claim. In many instances, a compensation claim can help change lives, as employers are then forced to make the necessary changes to protect their employees.
We understand how important a compensation claim can be, not only to cover any loss of earnings but to provide victims and their families with the financial security they need as well as any treatment and rehabilitation program necessary to ensure an individual’s best chance of recovery.
To speak to an expert about your back-injury compensation claim call 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.
Back injury at work claims: FAQs
For more information on back strain at work or back injury at work claims read our frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that is not answered below, feel free to contact us on 01616 966 229.
Can I make a back injury at work compensation claim?
If you have developed back strain at work or have sustained a back injury that was the fault of your employer or someone you work with then you may be entitled to compensation. You will have three years from the date of the accident to bring a back injury at work claim, so ensure you speak to a work accident solicitor as soon as possible.
How to prove a back injury at work?
We will need to prove your back injury was caused at work and not by some other issue. In many cases, work-related back injuries are easy to prove, however, not all are. We will work with you to understand your specific case and compile the proof we need. As each case is different, the evidence we need will depend on the circumstances of your particular accident.
How much compensation for back injury at work?
How much compensation you may get for a back injury at work will depend on a number of factors including the severity of the injury, how much you’ve been left out of pocket and if you have lost any earnings due to the accident.
Types of back injury at work compensation claims
If you drive a car, HGV or lorry for a living and you are injured in a road traffic accident you could be eligible for a back injury at work compensation claim. Whiplash can lead to severe back problems that may plague a sufferer for years. In some cases, this can lead to issues with arms and legs.
Falling from height
If a person lands directly on their back or flat on their feet after a fall from a height, this can cause serious injuries, some of which can be life-changing. If your employer has failed to provide you with adequate safety gear or someone is involved in dangerous practices or procedures whilst at height and you are injured as a result, you could be eligible for compensation.
Lifting and carrying heavy objects
Lifting and/or carrying heavy objects can lead to serious, lifelong back injuries. If you are required to lift heavy objects by hand as part of your job, these weights should be closely monitored by law as there are legal limits employers and employees must abide by. If you are not provided with the appropriate training on how to lift or carry heavy objects at work or you are not provided with a forklift or the necessary machinery and you are injured as a result, you could be eligible for compensation.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips and trips can happen at work as a result of loose floorboards and scaffolding, wet floors, spillages and torn carpets. Thankfully a slip or trip can usually be shrugged off and cause little more than embarrassment, but all too often a trip or slip can cause a serious back injury. A back injury can occur when an individual hits the floor or surrounding objects or sometimes when they try to steady themselves as any quick and jarring motion could potentially hurt someone’s back.
Struck by falling objects
We often handle compensation claims for people who have been struck by a falling object whilst at work. This could involve any industry, but commonly affects those who work in construction or on building sites. Falling bricks, pipes and all kinds of debris can cause serious damage. If you are struck by a falling object whilst at work, contact us today to discuss your compensation claim.
Faulty chairs or stools, broken ladders or faulty safety gear could cause a serious injury to an employee. If your employer has not provided you with the appropriate equipment you need to do your job and you are injured as a result, you may be eligible for compensation. Collapsed chairs or ladders can cause serious back injuries that could hold lifelong repercussions, make sure you have the right solicitors to handle your claim as these claims need the expertise to prove that your employer is at fault.
If you have sustained a back injury due to any of the above incidents and the accident was not your fault, then contact our expert back injury solicitors today on 01616 966 229.