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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Back Injury?

When it comes to workplace injuries, it is important to note that back injuries are some of the most common. In fact, in Britain alone, back injuries are known to cause about 120 million days of lost productivity every year, affecting a whopping 1.1 million people according to recent research. There is no doubt that the back is a very important and delicate part of the body, one which requires constant care and attention. The reality is that an injury to the back has the potential of causing a temporary or permanent immobility.

It is possible to make a back injury compensation claim if you have suffered this kind of injury in the line of duty or at a public place. However, it is important to understand what it takes and how to initiate what can appear to be a complicated process.

Back Injury Compensation Claims

At our firm, we aim to make it easy for you to claim compensation for a back injury should the worst occur. Besides, it is important to note that a back injury can involve fractured vertebrae, strains, sprains, and even herniated disks. An in depth understanding of the matter will help in making a successful claim.

This guide is designed to lay out all the facts and procedures, as well as the added benefit of answering the questions you may have with regards to making a back injury compensation claim. Ideally, we will ensure you know your rights and not take problems arising from your back injury casually. We are also ready to pursue the compensation claim on your behalf, making use of a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. By the end, you will understand all you need to proceed with the case, allowing you to make your back injury compensation claim.

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A Guide to Back Injury Accident Claims

There are a lot of people who do nothing about their back injury. Typically this is because they do not really understand that they are entitled to make a claim for compensation. However, this is why we are here, to guide you through the process in a calm, professional manner. We offer free consultation service as part of our efforts to help you claim compensation for your back injury accident. We will investigate the case, gathering the key facts so as to be in the position to offer you the best advice on how to proceed with your claims.

As such, this guide will aim to provide the information you require, particularly as it pertains to making a back injury compensation claim.

We will also attempt to answer your questions about when, why, and how you can initiate a compensation claim process in the event of a back injury accident. It contains a great deal of information, such as what you need to do if you are involved in a back injury accident; discerning the severity of a back injury; an overview of the compensation you would likely receive for an accident causing a back injury; and why our team of solicitors are perfectly placed to help. We have worked hard to create one of the most comprehensive and helpful guides, something which could make a real difference to your claims process.

It is important to note that each case can and will be different. Thus, each case will be handled in a unique fashion. With our experience and expertise, as well as our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, we can handle any case in such a manner than you really have nothing to lose. In conclusion, you can rest assured knowing that a team of dedicated professionals are ready to assist you in starting a claim.

What to do if You are involved in an Accident causing a Back Injury

Accidents – by their very nature – catch us unawares. We never plan for accidents and unfortunate, unexpected events. But the reality is that thousands of people are involved in all sorts of accidents each and every year. Often, people get injured in the process. These accidents can range from rear end car accidents, to side impacts, to head on collisions, to industrial incidents, and many more. However, the most commonly reported injuries involve the back. Back injuries could involve spinal cord damage, disk herniation, fractured vertebrae, sprains, bruises, and a multitude of other concerns. They can be utterly debilitating. Depending on the force of impact, any resulting damage to the spine or the back is considered to be incredibly severe. Ask any doctor: such injuries are a cause for concern.

If you are involved in an accident which results in a back injury, you will have to gather evidence to that effect. This is the first step and it is very important. It allows us to ensure that the insurance company pays for any liability. The evidence in this regard can include taking photos of the accident location, getting CCTV footage of the accident, and so on. The truth is that photos or video footage don’t lie and it will be easier to make your case if pictures of the accident location, the point of impact, the injuries, and any other tangible photographic evidence forms the foundation of your claim.

Besides taking a photo, you will also require the witness details like the contact information and statements. In addition to photographs and video, witness testimony is essential. It can form a reliable portion of your case, so tracking down the contact details for any witnesses should be considered a priority.

Similarly, medical records (especially those tied to your back injury) and any historical medical documents regarding the affected area should be sourced. When it comes to proving your case, your medical records can differentiate between long term issues and new problems caused by the accident. If you find yourself with an unexpected injury, you should start thinking about your case and the evidence right away.

Claiming Compensation for a Back Injury at Work

It is important to note that, as an employee, your employer is expected to provide you with a work environment which keeps you as safe as possible. But there’s little doubt that back injuries are the most common suffered in the workplace. As a result, claims involving injuries to the back are among the most common we encounter, especially in situations where an employer has failed to implement mechanisms which keep employees free from risk. Such mechanisms can involve training in how to avoid back injuries, or health and safety protocols which provide guidance on how to remain healthy and risk-free. But such mechanisms are no guarantee. When they fail, an employee can claim compensation for a back injury accident at work from the employer.

Back injury at work

Back injury at work

There are myriad workplace activities that can cause a back injury. From the innocuous – a slip, trip, or fall from height – to the potentially hazardous – working near exposed electrical connections or near precariously placed objects which could fall on an employee – there is no single, defined way in which one injures their back. When health and safety procedures are correctly implemented, you should be able to avoid risk. Any claims in which employees have circumvented such procedures are difficult. But when these procedures are absent, flawed, or forgotten by the employer, it is well within your rights to claim for compensation. In such situations, our law firm is ready to help.

We have a long and storied experience of working with back injury claimants. We have seen tendon damage, ligament damage, paraplegia, soft tissue damage, and prolapsed discs. We know that the amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the type and severity of your injury. In our experience, back injury compensation examples will likely fall within one of three broad categories. For example, a ‘minor’ back injury is one that causes a temporary damage to the back, with short term pain as a result of the injury, and the compensation can range from £350 to £9,850. Back injuries classified as ‘moderate’ will be those that cause damage to the back with a long term, ongoing pain and the compensation can range between £30,750 and £8,750. Then you have back injuries classified as ‘severe’. These are the injuries which lead to paralysis or loss of motor functions, the resulting compensation in these cases could be in the region of £29,750 or £123,300. Depending on your injury, we can advise on how much compensation for back injury at work you might receive.

Claiming Compensation for a Back Injury in a Public Place

Some of the most common accidents which result in injury to the back occur in public places. This kind of accident is referred to as a public liability accident and the owner – or anyone who occupies (renting, leasing, etc.) a commercial space – can be held liable for any injuries suffered in the place, which includes back injuries.

When we talk about public places, this includes commercial venues such as retail stores, supermarkets, libraries, nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, etc. In reality, it is the duty of the owner or occupant of any public place to ensure that all the areas accessible to the public are kept safe, in order to reduce or eliminate the risk of injuries to the public.

Therefore, if you have suffered a back injury from a public place, you might be eligible to claim for compensation. If the injury was incurred as a result of negligence on the part of the owner or occupier of the place, and the injury occurred within the last 3 years, then we can help. It should be noted that the responsible party could be a company or even a local council, though our duty will always be to help you successfully claim your compensation as a result of back injury sustained in a public place.

Judging the Severity of a Back Injury

Compensation for a back injury is determined on a case by case basis due to the fact that the severity of back injuries can vary. One of our first actions will be to have the severity of any back injury assessed and judged by a qualified medical professional, who will offer their impartial, expert opinion. Therefore, if you have suffered a back injury, it is important to first undergo the required medical examination, allowing medical professionals to determine the real extent of your injury. After the examination, the medical report will be assessed by our solicitors in order to help build up your potential case. Such reports can help us determine any car accident injury compensation amounts, a back injury at work compensation amount, and other metrics.

As mentioned earlier, there are numerous types and severity gradings of back injuries. For example, the back injury could be mild in such a way that it may only cause a slight discomfort and normality is restored in quick and timely fashion. However, there is very severe back injuries which are capable of causing a drastic and permanent change to the person’s life. In fact, this is the kind of back injury that could lead to paralysis.As we have mentioned, any compensation claim will be directly proportional to the severity of the injury, which is why it is important to correctly determine the severity of the back pain.

How to Begin a Back Injury Accident Compensation Claim

In order to get compensation for your back injury, you must take the first step towards filing a claim. This first step should involve a call to our company, wherein you can speak with our experts about your case. You will get a free consultancy session, where you will learn about our ‘No Win No Fee’ policy. When you contact us, our back injury specialist will access your back injury compensation claims, ask you probing questions to determine who is liable, and then provide expert advice on the next course of action based on these findings.

We acknowledge the fact that back injury compensation claims can be time-consuming and costly, as there are often legal fees to be paid by the claimant. Unfortunately, these legal fees can become a real barrier to many people and, for this reason, we employ a system that aims to help everyone. This arrangement is known as the ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, where the only fees you pay come about as the result of a successful claim.

What Can be Claimed for After an Accident Causing a Back Injury

A back injury compensation claim can allow you to get something from an individual or business that is legally responsible for the cause of your back injury or the accident that caused the injury. Back injuries vary according to the severity and, as such, any compensation will be determined on a case by case basis. However, it’s possible to provide an estimate based on compensating the following conditions:

  • General Damages – these are the damages that are geared towards providing compensation for the non-monetary losses that your back injury may have caused. They are the losses that are difficult evaluate on a purely monetary basis and can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, as well as loss of consortium. However, depending on the law guiding the state, some of these damages can be treated separately or as part of the wider compensation claims.
  • Care Claim – this is a kind of claim that can be filed by the person who cared for you when you have a back injury to recuperate their costs.
  • Loss of Earnings – this is part of what is known as special damages. In this case, you will be entitled to compensation for the loss of your income, as well as the expected future reduction in your income level. Compensation for loss of earnings can be calculated using a formula that covers your projected earnings and the effect the back injury will have on your ability to work in the future.
  • Travel Expenses: This is the kind of claim that seeks to reimburse your travel expenses in addition to other damages, like those done to your personal property as a result of the accident.
  • Medical Expenses: This kind of claim seeks to get compensation for the medical expenses for the present and for the future. However, they will depend on the severity of the back injury. The claim could run into millions of pounds, especially if it involves lifelong medical care.

The most important thing is to understand what can be claimed in the event of an accident that leads to a back injury and to build the case on these conditions.

How Much Compensation will I get for an Accident causing a Back Injury?

The amount of money you can get as compensation for an accident causing a back injury will depend on the severity of the problem. Back injuries can be classified as minor, moderate, or even severe and this affects the compensation total and there is no fixed average compensation for back injury car accident, for example, and creating a soft tissue injury compensation calculator is difficult. However, the table below can be used as a rough back injury compensation calculator, as it suggests how much compensation you can get for different categories of back injury:

Back InjuryMinor£350 -£9,850Temporary damage to back, with short-term pain as result of injury.
Back InjuryModerate£8,750 - £30,750 Damage to back, with long-term ongoing pain as result of injury.
Back InjurySevere£30,750 - £123,300Loss of motor function or paralysis as result of injury.

It is important to assess the level of back injury by the experts to know the exact category your back injury falls into.

No Win No Fee Back Injury Claims

A ‘No Win No Fee’ back injury claim is an arrangement designed to help people pursue their compensation claims, even if they do not have the required funds for legal fees. To clarify, it means that the claimant does not pay us any legal fees while the claim is being made. So, if your finances are limited, you do not have to worry. We will take up the compensation claim on your behalf without you depositing a penny. If your claim is unsuccessful, we would not charge you any fees. But if it is successful, we will take our fees directly from your compensation.

It is important to note that we are legally prevented from taking more than 25% as our fees from successful back injury compensation pay-outs. As a result, clients can be certain they will receive at least 75% of the compensation. In situations where a lack of finances can provide a legal barrier to making a compensation claim, 25% can seem like a relatively low amount, especially considering the lack of up front costs.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for a Back Injury Claim?

We are one of the leading experts in the handling of back injury compensation claims. We have over 20 years of experience in all kinds of back injury compensation claims with all kinds of clients. As a result, we have the expertise and the essential knowledge needed to give you the best chance of winning the right compensation for your back injury.

We care for our customers and pride ourselves in the treatment we provide. Because our team of experts understands the effects of back injuries on your quality of life, we know that back injuries can prevent you from providing for yourself and family. They can be devastating financially, physically, and psychologically. This is why we take the issue of back injury compensation claims very seriously and we pursue it on your behalf with every resource at our disposal.

We also offer a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement to encourage you to pursue your back injury claim, even if you do not have the finances. This is part of our effort to provide help to those who need it most.

We are well-regarded all over the country and you can trust our team to provide the very best legal services available.

Call for Free Advice and Start a Claim

If you have been involved in an unforeseen accident and have suffered a back injury as a result, whether at work or public place, then you could make a claim for compensation right away.

Even if you feel the third party might not be at fault, then you might benefit from expert legal advice. If you feel compensation could improve your healing process and help you cope with the aftermath of an accident in a public place, then our team is ready to hear your claim today.

You can always contact us for a free legal consultation session and we will evaluate the accident. If we believe that you have a valid case, then we can advise you on what to do next. We are ready to help you make your claims, whether it is against your employer, private company, or even a local government. Call us now on 0800 073 8804 and find out more.

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