How a Back Injury Lawyer Could Help You

In this guide, we will look at how a back injury lawyer could help you make a claim for compensation. You may have sustained a back injury from a car accident, an accident at work or an accident in a public place. If so, you may be able to claim compensation. 

A back injury could have a significant adverse effect on your quality of life. It could potentially make it difficult to move around or go about your regular daily activities as you normally would. In addition to this, a back injury can be very painful. 

Back injury lawyer

Back injury lawyer

You can get free legal advice from our team of advisors today by calling 0800 408 7825. If they think your claim has a good chance of success, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel, who can represent you in a personal injury claim and get you the money you deserve. 

Read on for more information about how a back injury lawyer could help you.

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  1. Why Claim With A Back Injury Lawyer?
  2. When Could You Claim With A Back Injury Lawyer?
  3. Back Injury At Work Claims
  4. Back Injuries In Road Traffic Accidents
  5. How Could A Back Injury Lawyer Help You?
  6. What Is My Back Injury Claim Worth?
  7. Find A No Win No Fee Back Injury Lawyer
  8. Latest Back Injury Articles

Why Claim With A Back Injury Lawyer? 

A back injury lawyer is someone who could help you specifically if you’ve had an accident relating to your back. This specialisation means that you would get a tailored representation from someone who is experienced in your area of need. 

In order to claim compensation, you need to show that you were owed a duty of care and that this duty of care was breached, causing you to be injured as a result. We will take a closer look at the duty of care owed to you later on in this guide. 

When making a claim, it can be very advantageous to have a specialist personal injury solicitor. They’ll know every best step to take and can guide you through everything with expert advice and representation. 

It’s not a legal requirement to have a solicitor work on your behalf when making a claim. However, you may find that the process goes much more smoothly if you choose to do so.

When Could You Claim With A Back Injury Lawyer? 

As we’ve already mentioned, there needs to have been a breach of duty of care in order for you to claim compensation for your injuries. There are several scenarios in which you’re owed a duty of care. 

For example, you’re owed a duty of care while you’re at work. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974. If your employer breaches this duty of care and you’re injured as a result, you may be able to claim. 

Similarly, all road users owe one another a duty of care while on the road. The duty of care of road users is outlined in the Highway Code. This outlines the duty of care that road users owe one another. If you’re injured because another road user breaches this duty of care, you could make a claim for compensation. 

If you have an accident in public, such as tripping over a loose cable and landing on your back, you could be able to hold the person in control of the space liable. This is because the occupier of every public space has a duty of care to those who use the space for the intended purpose. The duty of care is outlined in the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957

In the subsequent sections, we will look at some specific examples of breaches of duty of care that could cause a back injury. In any scenario, it’s always advisable to get professional advice, which we can provide easily if you get in touch today.

Back Injury At Work Claims 

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there are various ways in which you could sustain an injury to your back at work. If your injury came about as a result of a breach of duty of care, you might be able to claim. 

As part of your duty of care, your employer must: 

  • Carry out, and act on the result of risk assessments. For instance, if you work in an office, a risk assessment should be performed to make sure that your workspace (including chair and desk) does not put any strain on your back
  • Maintain good housekeeping. Poor housekeeping could increase the risk of slips, trips and falls on items left out obstructing walkways. Your employer should ensure that things like boxes and trailing wires are tidied away.
  • Ensure that proper training is administered. You could have to lift and carry as part of your role. If you’re not trained in proper lifting and handling techniques, you could injure yourself. 
  • Provide appropriate equipment. If you’re given equipment to work with that is not fit for the task, for example, a ladder with a loose rung, this could cause you to fall. As a result, you could injure yourself. 
  • Provide the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the role. You might need specific PPE to do your role safely. For example, your role could require non-slip shoes. If your employer fails to provide you with this and you injure yourself as a result, you may be able to claim. 

If you have an accident at work, always remember to log your accident in the workplace logbook as soon as possible. It could be key evidence if you decide to make a claim against your employer. 

CCTV records, witness details and medical notes will also be helpful in building your case. For more information on the evidence, you could collect to support your claim, speak with us today. You could be connected with a back injury lawyer from our panel.

Back Injuries In Road Traffic Accidents

Different road users can be caught in an array of road traffic accidents. For example, if you’re a pedestrian using a zebra crossing and a driver fails to stop at a crossing and knocks you to the ground, you could hold them liable.

Cyclists are considered vulnerable road users because they aren’t offered the protection that those driving in other vehicles enjoy.  Taking a bad fall from your bike could leave you with gashes or broken bones. Therefore, if you’re a cyclist who is injured because a car hits you while breaching their duty of care, you could claim. 

It’s also possible to make a claim if you’re in a car and another driver, for example, comes into the back of you at a set of lights, causing whiplash or other injuries to your neck. This would be an example of a breach of duty of care because they failed to keep a safe stopping distance from you. As a result, you may be able to claim. 

If you’re making a claim for compensation after a road traffic accident, this might be affected by the Whiplash Reform Program. If you are a passenger or driver over the age of 18 and your injuries are worth less than £5,000, you will need to make your claim through an online portal. Speak to our team today for a free assessment of your claim.

How Could A Back Injury Lawyer Help You?

A back injury lawyer could help you by providing you with specialised information and guidance on how to go about making your claim. They can advise you on the most relevant evidence to collate and represent you in the best possible way according to your personal circumstances.

What’s more, a personal injury lawyer can arrange an independent medical assessment as part of your claim. This will be used to assess how much your injuries are worth. 

During this assessment, the expert will look at your injuries and speak with you about how they have impacted you. They’ll then compile their findings in a report, which will be used to value your claim.

What Is My Back Injury Claim Worth?

See below for a guideline on how much your injury could be worth in general damages. This is the part of the claim which covers the physical pain and suffering you have experienced. These figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, which is a publication used to help value compensation amounts. 

BackSevere (i)£85,470 to £151,070Where the damage is severe to the spinal cord or nerve roots leading to serious pain and disability with possible paralysis.
BackModerate (ii)£11,730 to £26,050Where the damage can give rise to backache, soft tissue injuries, prolapsed discs or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition. Amount awarded could depend on the severity of the original injury, lasting pain or impact of symptoms.
BackMinor (iii)Up to £2,300Where a full recovery is made within three months. But can also be judged upon severity of original injury, degree of pain or impact of symptoms on everyday functioning.
ShoulderSerious£11,980 to £18,020Where the shoulder may have been dislocated, or they may be a soft tissue injury with ongoing symptoms causing pain in the shoulder and neck.
ShoulderModerate£7,410 to £11,980Where there is a limitation in movement in the shoulder and symptoms causing ongoing discomfort for around two years.
NeckSevere (i)Around £139,210Where the injury has resulted in a lack of movement in the neck, severe headaches, or some form of paralysis.
NeckMinor (ii)£2,300 to £4,080Where a full recovery takes place between three months and a year. But can also be judged on the severity of the original injury, the presence of additional symptoms elsewhere in the body, and the person’s ongoing ability to function.

You may also be awarded special damages. This covers any losses or expenses already accumulated or any that may arise in the future. It can cover:

  •     Loss of past and future wages
  •     Medical expenses
  •     Travel expenses
  •     Adjustments to the home

In order to claim special damages, you’ll need to provide evidence of the costs you have incurred. This could include invoices, receipts and payslips

Find A No Win No Fee Back Injury Lawyer

If, after reading this guide, you’re interested in knowing more about making a compensation claim, get in touch today on 0800 408 7825. Alternatively, you can get in touch via our website.

If your case is passed along to a solicitor from our panel, they can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if your case is not successful, there will be nothing for you to pay your solicitor. You also won’t be asked to pay anything upfront or as your claim is being processed. In the event that you win your claim, a “success fee” will be deducted by your solicitor.

Latest Back Injury Articles

Claiming For A Fractured Coccyx– Our guide on claiming compensation for a fracture to the tailbone. 

Crushed Arm Compensation Guide– If you’ve had your arm crushed in an accident caused by negligence, this guide could help. 

Car Accident Hip Injury Claim– Read this guide for information on how to claim for a hip injury caused by a car accident.  

Physiotherapy Services – Search for physiotherapy in your area on the NHS website. 

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – A charity that aims to reduce the rate of accidental injury through advice and guidance. 

The Highway Code – Guidance on proper behaviour when on the roads.

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