A herniated disc occurs when the softer inner part of the disc comes out due to a weakness in the harder, outer part of the disc. If you’ve suffered this type of injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to herniated disc compensation in the UK.
Before reading this article, you may have questions such as:
- How do I make a herniated disc claim?
- What are the symptoms of this type of injury?
This guide will explore how you can make a personal injury claim and what a herniated disc injury is. Furthermore, there will be guidance on what type of evidence you can gather to support your claim.
A herniated disc can result in long-term physical and mental effects that get in the way of your daily life. Herniated disc compensation in the UK can help you with the financial, mental and physical impact your injury may have caused.
Our team of advisers are available 24/7 to offer free legal advice about this type of injury. They’d be happy to have a chat with you about your case and assess how much compensation you may be owed.
Once you’ve had a chat with an adviser, they can connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel if you have a valid claim. They can then discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you and begin working on your claim.
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There are multiple ways that you may suffer a herniated disc injury, such as an accident at work or a public place accident. Although statistics regarding herniated disc injuries aren’t readily available to the public, we can look at back injuries sustained in the workplace to give us an idea of how common they are.
The statistics in the chart below are taken from the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) showing the non-fatal injuries to employees in Great Britain by the site of injury in 2019/20.
As you can see, there were 1,199 neck injuries, 2,987 trunk injuries, and 9,514 back injuries. This shows that, out of these 3 injuries, back injuries were the most common across that year in the workplace.
A herniated disc injury is also be known as a slipped disc or a prolapsed disc. It occurs when the soft inner section of the disc bulges out because of a weakness in the hard, outer section of the disc. This is often caused by over-exercising or lifting heavy objects.
Although this injury can occur naturally, it can sometimes occur due to an accident. If this accident was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be owed herniated disc compensation in the UK.
Here are some common symptoms of a slipped disc, according to the NHS:
- Tingling and numbness in the shoulders, back, arms, legs, hands, or feet
- Finding it difficult to straighten or bend your back
- Weakness of the muscles
- Neck pain
Not everyone who suffers a herniated disc injury will suffer these symptoms. If you suspect you have this injury, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible.
Here are some examples of accidents that could cause this type of injury and could mean you’re eligible to make a claim:
- Heavy lifting – This could occur in the workplace, particularly if you’re required to lift heavy boxes or other equipment. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care to protect and safeguard employees. If you suffered an injury from heavy lifting at work as you weren’t given adequate safety training but were asked to carry out the task anyway, you may be able to make an accident at work claim.
- Road traffic accident – You could have suffered a herniated disc injury in a car accident. This could have been caused by a high impact crash that pushed the soft tissue out of place between your spine. The Road Traffic Act 1988 includes the rules that road users must follow to keep other road users safe. If a road user doesn’t use the roads with standard care and skill and, as a consequence, causes you to suffer an injury, you could make a road traffic accident claim.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to someone breaching their duty of care, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Our team of advisers are available around the clock to offer legal advice for free and assess how much compensation you may be entitled to.
If you have a legitimate claim, an adviser can connect you to an expert personal injury lawyer from our panel to begin working on your claim. They can then help you gather evidence to receive the maximum amount of compensation you could claim.
The general personal injury claims time limit is 3 years. That’s three years from the exact date of the accident or from when you realised your injury was due to negligence. However, there are some exceptions to this time limit:
- Child accident claim – If you’re under 18, the 3-year time limit only begins on your 18th birthday. If you’d like to make the claim before this, someone you trust can become a litigation friend to claim on your behalf.
- Mentally incapacitated claims – If you lack the mental capacity to claim, the 3-year personal injury claims time limit starts when your recovery commences. Alternatively, someone close to you can act as a litigation friend to claim on your behalf before this.
If you’d like to discuss the personal injury claims time limit further, you can get in touch with our team of advisers. They’d be happy to explain this to you and have a chat about your situation.
In order to be eligible to make a personal injury claim, your injury must have been caused by someone else’s negligence. Negligence occurs when someone breaches their duty of care to keep you safe. For example, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that anyone who controls a public place has a duty of care to keep anyone who has access to it safe (whether invited or not).
If someone breached their duty of care and caused your injury, you may be eligible for herniated disc compensation in the UK. Before pursuing a claim, it’s helpful to gather as much sufficient evidence as possible. This evidence can help prove who caused your injury and how it happened.
Here are some examples of evidence you could provide:
- CCTV footage
- Witness statements
- Photos of your injuries
- Medical records
Our team of advisers would be happy to explore different forms of evidence you could gather to support your personal injury claim. You can get in contact with them today to assess your situation and be connected to a personal injury lawyer from our panel if you have a valid claim.
Although you may find a personal injury claims calculator in some other articles, we’ve instead included a compensation table. This is to show how much compensation some injuries may be awarded depending on their severity.
The below figures have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, which solicitors use to value injuries. This table is for example purposes only.
|Back Injuries||Severe (i)||Nerve root and spinal cord damage that results in serious symptoms that don’t normally occur in a back injury.||£85,470 to £151,070|
|Back Injuries||Moderate (ii)||Muscle and ligament disturbance that can result in backache, soft tissue injuries, and the worsening of a pre-existing back injury.||£11,730 to £26,050|
|Back Injuries||Minor (i)||Less serious disc prolapses that recover without the need for surgery within 2 to 5 years.||£7,410 to £11,730|
|Back Injuries||Minor (ii)||Less serious disc prolapses that recover without the need for surgery within 3 months to 2 years.||£2,300 to £7,410|
|Psychiatric Damage||Moderately Severe||Problems with ability to cope with life, work and relationships but a better prognosis than severe cases.||£17,900 to £51,460|
The above compensation table shows how much some injuries may be worth in general damages. The bracket awarded depends on how serious the injury is and how long it takes to heal. If you can’t see your injury in the table above or would like our advisers to value your claim, why not get in touch?
General damages offer compensation for the injury and how severe the mental and physical impact has been. For example, you may suffer mental health issues, such as anxiety, due to the injury.
Special damages award compensation for the financial effect the injury has had on your life. An example of this could be if you had to pay out of pocket for care costs or prescription medication.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers would be happy to discuss working with you on a No Win No Fee basis if you have a valid claim. A No Win No Fee agreement, also called a Conditional Fee Agreement, is a contract between you and your lawyer.
It states that you won’t have to pay any of your solicitors fees if your case loses. If your case wins, your solicitor will deduct a small percentage of your compensation that’s legally capped. You will be aware of this beforehand.
What’s more, there would be no upfront solicitor fees and no ongoing solicitor fees either.
There’s a wide range of monetary benefits to a No Win No Fee claim and little to lose, so why not call our team of advisers to discuss this? They’re available 24/7 to offer free legal advice and assess how much herniated disc compensation in the UK you may be entitled to.
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You don’t have to carry on with our services after speaking to an adviser. However, if you’d like, an adviser can connect you to an expert personal injury solicitor from our panel if you have a favourable claim. They can then explore working on a No Win No Fee basis with you.
To get in touch with our experienced team of advisers, we suggest you:
- Call them on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your case.
- Contact us using our form to receive a response at a time best for you.
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Accidents In A Public Park – Have you suffered an accident in a public park that wasn’t your fault? You may be entitled to compensation.
Gym Accident Claims Guide – If you’ve suffered injury from a gym accident, our guide explores how you could be able to make a personal injury claim.
Back Pain – If you’re experiencing back pain, this NHS guide includes important information.
Prolapsed Disc – This NHS guide contains useful information about a prolapsed disc.
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
- Claims guide for an accident in a public bar
Thank you for reading our article about herniated disc compensation in the UK.
Article by OA