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How Is Compensation Calculated For Back Injury At Work Claims?

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 23rd July 2024. This guide will discuss back injury at work claims and how compensation is calculated to address the different impacts you have experienced. If you’ve suffered a back injury at work, you may be in pain and frustrated. Back injuries can cause significant problems, and if it happened through no fault of your own, you could make an accident at work claim for compensation.

In this guide, we explain your legal rights if you’ve injured your back at work. We also look at the average payment for a back injury, and how you can work with a No Win No Fee solicitor.

If taking legal action is something you’d like to do, we can help. We specialise in workplace accidents and over the years we’ve helped thousands of people successfully recover compensation. We can help you too.

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  1. What Is The Average Payout For A Back Injury At Work In The UK?
  2. Can I Make Back Injury At Work Claims?
  3. What Can Cause A Back Injury At Work?
  4. How To Prove Back Injury At Work Claims
  5. Claim For Back Injuries From Work With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. More Helpful Resources On Accident At Work Claims

What Is The Average Payout For A Back Injury At Work In The UK?

You may be asking if there is an average payout for a back injury at work in the UK. Compensation for successful claims of this type can include general damages and special damages. General damages compensate you for whatever pain and suffering has been caused by your back injury.

Those valuing back injury at work claims for general damages may use a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). It lists various kinds of injuries, including back injuries, alongside guideline compensation brackets. You can view some of these brackets in the table included below.

Please note that the table should be viewed as only a guide and the first entry is not based on the JCG.

Multiple Very Serious Injuries + Financial LossesVery SeriousUp to £1,000,000+
Back InjuriesSevere (a)(i)£111,150 to £196,450
Severe (a)(ii)£90,510 to £107,910
Severe (a)(iii)£47,320 to £85,100
Moderate (b)(i)£33,880 to £47,320
Moderate (b)(ii)£15,260 to £33,880
Minor (c)(i)£9,630 to £15,260
Minor (c)(ii)£5,310 to £9,630
Minor (c)(iii)£2,990 to £5,310
Minor (c)(iv)Up to £2,990

If you can claim general damages, then special damages may also be awarded to you to compensate for the financial losses that have occurred due to your injury. Examples of what may be covered by special damages include:

  • Loss of earnings if your back injury has forced you take unpaid time off work to recover.
  • The cost of medications or certain private treatments such as physiotherapy or chiropractor sessions.
  • The cost of adjustments made at home or certain equipment needed to aid your recovery.

For more advice on the process of claiming compensation for a back injury at work and how much you may receive, read on or contact our advisors for free today.

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Can I Make Back Injury At Work Claims?

Employers owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As per this duty, they must take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent you from sustaining an injury at work and as you carry out your work-related tasks.

If you injured your back at work, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. However, to be eligible to make an accident at work claim, you must prove:

  • Your employer owed you a duty of care.
  • Your employer breached this duty.
  • As a result of this, you suffered an injury. A breach in the duty of care that causes an injury is known as negligence.

Contact our advisors today to receive free advice for your potential claim. Additionally, they could help answer any questions you may have, such as ‘“What is the average payout for a back injury at work?”.

How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For A Back Injury At Work?

Generally speaking, a back injury at work claim will need to be made within 3 years of the accident occurring as per the Limitation Act 1980. However, there can be exceptions to this rule in certain circumstances, including:

  • Children: minors cannot claim for themselves, so if the injured person is under 18, the time limit will be counted from their 18th birthday.
  • Those lacking mental capacity: an injured person who does not have sufficient mental capacity, either due to the accident or from a prior condition, also cannot claim for themselves and will have the 3 year limit frozen altogether. The time limit can be resumed in cases where that capacity is recovered.

In these situations where the time limit is frozen, a litigation friend can be appointed by the court to act on behalf of the injured person and begin the claim sooner.

To find out about the time limits or to check if you’re eligible to claim a back injury at work payout, talk to our advisors using the contact information provided below.

Could Back Injury At Work Claims Be Made With A Pre-Existing Condition?

In some cases, you might have suffered an injury at work that caused the exacerbation or acceleration of a pre-existing back condition. You could still claim if you can prove your employer failed to uphold their duty of care and you suffered harm as a result.

For example, your employer may have been aware of you having a pre-existing back condition but failed to consider the risk posed before instructing you to carry out manual handling tasks. As a result, you may have had to lift items that were too heavy based on your individual circumstances leading to the exacerbation of your back condition.

Call our team for further guidance on back injury at work claims, including when you could be eligible to seek compensation and how long you have to claim.

What Can Cause A Back Injury At Work?

There are various ways you could suffer a back injury. However, as we have already mentioned, your injuries must be caused by a breach in your employer’s duty of care in order to claim for a back injury at work. Some examples of how this could occur may include:

  • Inadequate training: If you have to pick up objects as part of your work duties, you should be given appropriate manual handling training. If your employer fails to provide this training, you could suffer an injured back at work.
  • Lack of risk assessments: Employers are expected to undertake risk assessments to help identify and mitigate risks and hazards in the workplace. For example, they may do a risk assessment before you are asked to lift a heavy load. If they fail to do this, you could suffer a back injury as a result.
  • A slip and fall accident: Spillages should be cleared up within an adequate timeframe, or they should be appropriately signposted. If they aren’t, this could result in a slip and fall that injures your back.

Contact an advisor to discuss if you are eligible to seek compensation for a back injury at work.   

How To Prove Back Injury At Work Claims

In this section, we’ll discuss how to prove a back injury at work. When making back injury claims, it’s necessary to gather as much evidence as possible.

Below are some examples of how to prove a back injury from a work accident:

  • Collect the contact details of any witnesses who are willing to make a statement
  • Request CCTV footage of the accident if possible
  • Gather medical evidence, for example, hospital records or doctor’s notes
  • Fill out a report in your workplace accident book as this may be used as evidence
  • Retain any evidence of financial losses caused by your injury, such as receipts and bank statements

Get in touch to find out more about what evidence could be used for your claim, or read on to find out how a solicitor could help you with the back injury claims process.

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Claim For Back Injuries From Work With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you are ready to start your back injury at work claim, one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our team might be able to help.

But why claim with a solicitor? Well, when a legal professional helps with your claim, they can give you advice and guidance on:

  • Proving your claim and what evidence to present.
  • Communicating with the other party.
  • Negotiating a back injury at work payout.
  • Certain steps in the claims process, like the Pre Action Protocol.

Plus, our solicitors can help you claim for a back injury at work on a No Win No Fee basis by working under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this kind of arrangement, you usually:

  • Don’t have to pay upfront for your solicitor’s work.
  • Don’t need to pay ongoing costs for their services.
  • Don’t need to pay for their work if the claim fails.

If your claim succeeds, then your solicitor will take a success fee. This is a small, legally-capped portion of your compensation.

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