Back injury at work compensation claims

Back injuries at work occur frequently, especially when an employer has not complied with health and safety regulations. Most workplace back injuries are the result of over-extension (twisting) of the spine from heavy lifting, pulling, pushing or poor posture while sitting for prolonged periods.

If you have suffered a back injury at work and you believe someone else is to blame, contact our specialist back injury at work solicitors at on 0203 816 0065 to discuss pursuing a compensation claim.

As back injuries can range from very minor non-permanent injuries to the life changing and sometimes debilitating injuries requiring long term and even lifelong rehabilitation and support, you need an expert team of personal injury lawyers fighting for the maximum amount of compensation to reflect the severity of your injuries.

Can I make a back injury at work compensation claim?

If you have hurt your back or suffered a back injury whilst at work due to someone else’s negligence you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

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 safe whilst 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 work station is suitable and sufficiently spacious

Specialist back injury solicitors

At Stephensons we deal with a wide variety of compensation claims regarding 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
  • Paraplegia
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries

Your back injury may affect your quality of life and leave you in life-long pain or it could change your life considerably. In some severe instances a back injury at work can lead to paralysis rendering you unable to walk. If you are injured, whether instantly or as a result of prolonged exposure to dangerous practices at work, it’s vital you contact expert solicitors. 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.

We 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 a claim for a back injury at work. 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 0203 816 0065 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.

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Types of back injury at work compensation claims

Road accidents

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 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 objects/products

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 expertise to prove that your employer is at fault.

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