Injuries to the neck commonly cause extreme pain, limit mobility, and often leave people struggling to carry out everyday activities such as driving and working. Employers are legally required to provide a safe working environment, and the correct training and equipment to employees. If their negligence led to you or someone you know suffering a neck injury, then you are entitled to claim compensation. Here we look at what this involves.
Table of contents
- The benefits of claiming neck injury compensation
- When can you make a work neck injury claim?
- Compensation amounts for neck injuries
- How Direct2Compensation can help
- Work neck injury claim examples – your questions answered
The benefits of claiming neck injury compensation
Employees who suffer neck injuries at work often contact us when they are in a considerable amount of pain, unable to move freely and sleep comfortably, or work and earn their regular salary. Recovering from neck injuries can take many months. Sadly, some people may never feel like they have fully recovered and their injury is always present whenever they attempt any physical task.
If you have injured your neck as a result of your working life or in an accident at work, claiming personal injury compensation can help ease some of the problems you face.
As all claims are made on a No Win No Fee basis, you will never be charged if your claim does not succeed. A successful claim will lead to a compensation settlement being made to you, with the value of the claim including any lost income and incurred costs as well as a settlement value for the injuries you have suffered and medical treatment that you have required.
As well as a financial settlement to cover your neck injury, claiming compensation can also help you in other ways.
- Making a claim is your legal right, and fairly compensates you for injuries that were not your fault.
- It can include private medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to speed your recovery.
- It can make up for lost income now and in the future.
- You can also claim out of pocket expenses and other losses.
Specialist rehabilitation therapies
Once your claim is active and your solicitor has obtained an admission of liability from the insurers that provide your employer with their employer liability insurance, your claim will succeed. At this point, your solicitor can look to help you to recover more quickly by obtaining specialist rehabilitation therapy if it is deemed relevant and needed. In the case of a neck injury, such rehabilitation therapy would most likely involve osteopathic/chiropractic or massage therapies. Any such physiotherapy or private specialist treatments will be provided at the expense of the third party dealing with your claim.
In the more severe claims, neck injuries can include bone fractures, paralysis and even psychological trauma. Depending on the specifics of your injury, your solicitor may be able to look to obtain further treatments – unavailable in usual circumstances – to help you recover more quickly from your injuries than you otherwise may do. Further information on this will be available from your solicitor once your claim has been started.
When can you make a work neck injury claim?
Employers are legally obliged to provide a safe and secure environment for workers and visitors to any work site. Claims will succeed if it can be shown that the employer has been negligent and exposed them to the risk of injury. A lack of training, a failure to provide the correct equipment and failing to provide a safe working environment are all forms of employer negligence.
Whilst neck injury claims are usually associated with jobs that include repeated lifting, such as in warehouses, factories, construction sites and shops, they can happen in any workplace. Even jobs that most people would see as very safe, like an office job, can see employees suffer nasty neck injuries.
Many claims relate to soft tissue injuries to the muscles and ligaments of the upper spine, shoulders and neck. They are commonly caused through strain related incidents, such as dangerous carrying techniques and workers being asked to lift items exceeding a safe weight limit.
Common scenarios leading to compensation include:
- Employers failing to provide manual handling guidance or training
- Not advising staff of the risks of lifting incorrectly
- Forcing people to lift weights heavier than they should
- Refusing or failing to provide lifting equipment
- A working environment that prevents people from working and lifting safely
Employers must ensure that the staff member is correctly trained and provided with the right know how and tools to work safely, further, the employer is responsible for the maintenance and safety of any equipment provided to employees to use during the performance of their duties.
Regardless of the kind of workplace, employers must by law ensure:
- That staff are adequately trained in how to lift items safely.
- That staff know how to identify items that will require 2 persons or lifting equipment to move.
- That any equipment provided to staff to enable them to lift heavier items is regularly maintained and repaired.
- That any equipment found to be faulty or dangerous is removed from use and only returned to active service once repaired fully.
Manual handling claims are among the most frequent we deal with. Employers that fail to ensure full training, guidance and a safe ‘lifting and moving’ policy will be liable if staff are injured as a result of lifting or moving items at work.
Any person injured in this way at work is entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If you believe that the cause of your neck injury was because of the negligence of an employer or other organisation who failed to provide training or the correct equipment, you should contact Direct2Compensation today to start your claim.
Compensation amounts for neck injuries
The following is a guide to compensation amounts for neck injuries based on their severity. These amounts are for the injury itself, but you can also claim for special damages, which can include your expenses and rehabilitation therapies, for example. Once your specialist solicitor has obtained your medical report they will be able to give you an idea of how much compensation to expect.
|Severe||£43k - £140k|
|Moderate||£7k - £36k|
|Minor||£2k - £7k|
How Direct2Compensation can help with your claim
As with all accidents, if you have injured your neck at work or anywhere else, it is important to make sure that the details of your accident have been recorded properly within an accident book or elsewhere, and that medical attention is sought for any injuries that you have sustained. If you haven’t done this already, we can help you to do so.
Direct2Compensation are experts in managing compensation claims. Over the years we have successfully assisted many neck injury claimants and have helped them to find the right specialist injury compensation solicitor. We know your rights and can help you to understand whether you are likely to be able to successfully hold your employer liable for your injuries.
Direct2Compensation work with some of the best accident at work solicitors in the UK. With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice when it comes to starting your compensation claim.