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If you have suffered an injury to your back, whether it’s a muscular injury caused through heavy lifting at work, working in dangerous conditions, or you have suffered an injury to your spine or neck (commonly known as a whiplash injury), you have a legal right to make a claim for injury compensation on a no win no fee basis. Injuries to the back, whether muscular or skeletal can be extremely painful, mobility restricting and change many aspects of your day-to-day life. When people make a claim for injury compensation after suffering a back injury, the value of their claim can be substantial.
Common back injury claims
Bone fractures and ligament sprains (often known as soft tissue injuries) often form the basis of an injury compensation claim for a slipping or tripping accident. On the other hand, whiplash injuries, which are commonly caused in road traffic accidents, tend to affect the upper spine, through the neck and in to the shoulders and arms. Severe cases of whiplash can lead to permanent problems and the value of a whiplash settlement can range from a minimum of £1000 in minor cases where recovery is made within 4 weeks and go substantially higher in the most serious of cases.
Injury compensation claims for back injuries often follow an accident at work. Back injuries are commonly caused through putting too much stress on the muscles of the back through heavy lifting, or lifting incorrectly. Employers are responsible for ensuring that their staff are given the correct training to lift items properly, that employees are aware of the maximum weight of any single item that they should lift, are provided with trolleys and lifts to move items that exceed the maximum carrying weight and are given a working environment that enables them to follow this training and work safely. Read our article covering whether you can claim injury compensation if you have suffered a back injury through lifting at work, so that you can see where you stand.
If you suffer a back injury in a non-fault accident it is wise to avoid delaying any claim for injury compensation. You should always seek medical attention and make sure that the details of any accident and your is reported to the right people – usually an accident book entry should be made or a vehicle insurer should be advised.
Medical records and health history
Your solicitor will access your medical records and organise a medical examination so that a report can be written to support your claim and help to form a valuation of settlement. As with all claims made through Direct2Compensation, claiming will not cost you a penny should your claim for injury compensation fail. The cost of the medical assessment is not something you need to worry about and you will not have to pay for it.
If you have a previous history of back problems reported on your medical records, they will be taken in to account as they could be relevant to the extent of the back injury you are making a compensation claim for. Having a pre-existing condition does not prevent you from claiming injury compensation, indeed, if someone has caused you to aggravate an old back injury, that is something you can claim for.
Recovery and rehabilitation therapy
Making a claim for injury compensation after a back injury or whiplash will enable a successful claimant to recover a financial settlement. This is made up of a payment that covers the extent of the injury, and a payment that covers any additional costs, such as a loss of income or other expenses, known as a special damages claim. But making a claim for injury compensation can be about more than money. Indeed, claiming injury compensation if someone else is responsible for your injuries could help your recovery, as with Direct2Compensation, our specialist back injury compensation solicitors will look to obtain a course of rehabilitation therapy for you. This can be done as soon as the defendants have admitted liability. As a claimant, you can help your injury compensation solicitor settle your claim more quickly by doing the right things to make sure that your solicitor can present a strong claim.
|Severity of back injury||Compensation amount|
|Recovering within a few months||up to £1,860|
|Recovering within a few years||£1,860 – £6,000|
|Recovering within 2-5 years||£6,000 – £9,500|
|Permanent symptoms||£9,500 – £21,100|
|Serious permanent symptoms||£21,100 – £29,475|
|Chronic permanent symptoms||£29,475 – £53,000|
|Significant permanent impact||£53,000 – £67,200|
If you are suffering from a back injury and are considering putting in a claim for compensation, contact us today. At Direct2Compensation we know your rights and can explain the steps of the claims process in simple terms. Let us help you get the justice you deserve.