Back Injury at Work Claims
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Back injuries are undoubtedly painful and can be extremely debilitating. It may lead to chronic pain, loss of mobility and an inability to perform normal household tasks. As such, a back injury sustained at work can have a huge impact on your work and home life. If you have developed a back injury as a result of something that happened at work, call us. Dial 0121 565 4317 or contact our claims team online. We will discuss the causes of your accident. Team will understand the full extent of your injuries. We will listen to the ways in which your back injury has impacted your life, be that in terms of your ability to work, to perform normal tasks at home such as laundry or playing with your children, and your ability to travel and enjoy your hobbies and other social events. Once we have a clear picture of your situation, we will give you our expert advice as to your likelihood of success if you decide to bring a back injury at work claim and how much compensation you will receive to as a result of your accident and injury.
What Are Back Injuries And Can You Claim?
Sprains Or Strains Of The Back
It occurs when the muscles, tendons or ligaments suffers a stretch beyond their natural range. Sprains and strains of the back are usually the result of a sudden or abrupt movement, but you may also just feel a ‘pop’ or ‘twang’ sensation as damage that has built up over time suddenly reaches a threshold. Sprains and strains recover with a combination of rest, ice and careful exercise to rebuild the muscles. Physiotherapy can help you to make a full and speedy recovery, and waiting lists on the NHS can be excessive. If you have received your back injury at work, your compensation can help to pay for the physiotherapy you need to get you back to full health as quickly as possible. If you need physiotherapy to recover from your back injury at work, call us on 0121 565 4317 or contact our claims team online to discuss your claim.
Compression Injury To The Coccyx
Falls, especially those where you land on your tailbone (coccyx) or your sit bones, can lead to bruising of the coccyx and the muscles around it. In extreme cases, it is even possible to develop a fracture (break) in these bones. Coccyx injuries are particularly painful and difficult, as the position of the injury means that both sitting and lying positions can aggravate the injured area causing pain, sleeplessness and irritability.
Dislocation Of One Or More Vertebrae
Dislocation of vertebrae occurs when one of the vertebrae (bones of the spine) moves away from the position it is supposed to occupy. This means that the column down which the spinal cord passes is now not aligned, which can be very dangerous, and also the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the dislocated vertebra are being pulled in strange directions and being worked harder than they should be. This can cause extreme pain and potentially further damage if it is not treated quickly.
A spinal fracture is a break in one or more of the vertebrae. As with a dislocation, this is a very serious condition and requires immediate medical attention. Compensation payments for spinal fractures can be considerable, due to the very high amounts of pain and suffering, as well as loss of mobility and the long time that these kinds of injuries take to heal.
A slipped disc is when the protective pad of tissue that usually lies between each of your vertebrae moves out of position. In many cases, this can press on a nerve, causing increased pain. A slipped disc rarely requires surgery, but you may be unable to work and may need additional rehabilitation such as physiotherapy or osteopathy to help you to make a fast and full recovery.
Although this is not strictly a back injury, it is worth being aware that many people with serious or long lasting back injuries develop depression as a result of their accident This is a combination of the effects of being in constant pain, having limited mobility, reduced independence and the loss of social networks that often comes with this. It can be helpful to know that you are not the only one feeling this way after your back injury. It might be worth reaching out to support groups and others who can relate to the feelings you are having. Although making a compensation claim for your back injury at work might seem like adding another stressful task at a difficult time, the compensation you receive can help you get the treatment you need to heal faster and also to allow you to make modifications to your home and car or to buy assistance equipment to help you get around. These kinds of modifications can help you to regain the lifestyle you used to have. You will also feel more like your old self. A wide variety of different situations at work cause back pain. It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you as safe as possible from all of them.
Accidents At Work That Lead To Back Injury Claims:
There are strong guidelines concerning how much weight you should lift at work. This depends on the item itself, the situation you find yourself in, the height of the lift. It also counts how far away from your body you are lifting. Objects lifted at arms length above the head would need to be significantly lighter than those you are able to lift at chest height close to the body. Similarly, you can be expected to lift a greater weight if the object is regularly shaped with good handholds. If it is oddly shaped, unbalanced and slippery, it may cause trouble. You need to be aware of the weights of the objects you are lifting, as an unexpectedly heavy object is far more likely to lead to injury than one you know is heavy. They should give you training in safe and correct lifting techniques. This should be a priority. Heavy weight lifting in your job causes you an injury. You can make a claim compensation form your employer
Falling From A Height
Working at height is inherently dangerous. It is the responsibility of your employer to make sure that all staff is safe when working in such situations. A lack of handholds, being expected to carry heavy equipment when at height, needing to reach across gaps to collect equipment and poorly maintained ladders are all common examples of ways in which your employer may not be keeping your work environment safe for you. If your fall from height at work and causes back injury, you can make a back injury compensation claim.
Slips, Trips And Falls
Although falling from a height is the more dangerous type of fall. Even a slip or a trip at ground level can lead to a back injury if you are unlucky. Landing flat on the back can lead muscles to spasm suddenly, often causing a sprain or strain. Other falls can lead to spinal fractures and other serious back injuries. Again, it is your employer’s responsibility to keep your workplace safe and free from trip hazards
Incorrectly Adjusted Workstations
Incorrectly adjusted workstations lead to chronic back pain for those who sit at a desk for full day. You employer has a responsibility to provide you with the equipment you need to do your job. These equipment should not cause you injury. It can be difficult to prove that your back injury is solely due to your poor workstation. If you believe that your back injury is a result of your chair and desk at work, call us. Dial 0121 565 4317 or contact our claims team online. Our expert team expertly gathers the necessary evidence to support your claim that your work space causes your back injury.