If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in a back injury, then Bonnar Accident Law can help you claim the compensation you deserve on a ‘No Win – No Fee’ basis.
Causes of back injury
Back pain is one of the biggest causes of work absences, accounting for more than 12 million days lost every year.
Most back pain is caused by sprains, strains, being out of condition and posture problems rather than spinal damage or other health conditions. Non-specific back pain can be split into two types:
acute pain that lasts for less than six weeks
chronic pain that lasts for longer than six weeks.
Back injuries at work
There are many work-related causes of back injuries and certain jobs carry a higher risk of back pain, particularly the construction industry, the health and social care sector, warehousing and retail occupations.
Activities with a high injury risk include:
bending and twisting;
heavy and/or repeated lifting;
working for too long without breaks;
using poor technique or too much force;
uncomfortable working positions;
adverse working conditions (hot, damp, cold or wet).
Your employer is responsible for preventing or minimising the risk of you suffering back injuries, particularly as a result of manually lifting or moving objects at work.
There are strict laws covering employers’ responsibilities and each employer should have a written policy as part of their safety policy.
Your employer is responsible for minimising the need for lifting or moving as part of your job, providing equipment if necessary, as well as training in manual handling techniques.
Where manual handling can’t be avoided, employers must do what they can to reduce the risk of injury “to the lowest level reasonably practicable”.
Your employer’s responsibilities extend to wherever you work, even if you work off-site or in a variety of locations.
Serious back injuries
Very severe back injuries can result in paralysis. Please refer to our neck and spinal injuries section for more information.
Compensation for a back injury – typical claim amounts
Severe back injury resulting in permanent pain and significant loss of mobility
up to £95,000
Serious back injury requiring surgery
up to £25,000
Minor back injury with almost full recovery without surgery