By Max Morris. Last Updated 9th May 2022. In this guide, we will look at a range of back injury compensation examples in the UK. Back injuries are common inside the workplace; in 2019/20, there were 9,514 back injuries reported in British workplaces.
Manual handling accidents, slips and falls and accidents involving moving machinery can all cause injuries of this nature. However, back injuries can also occur in car accidents, at public bars, or in council-owned spaces.
A back injury sustained anywhere can be debilitating and may leave you unable to work or do the things you usually do. Our guide will provide you with information so that you’re aware of your rights after an accident of this nature.
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An accident at work is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a “separate, identifiable, unintended incident, which causes physical injury “. These include slips and trips, falls, and injuries from carrying or contact with moving machinery.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 dictates that “the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of all [their] employees”. This means that responsible workplaces should take steps to prevent slips, trips and falls, incidents related to heavy lifting or carrying and all other workplace accidents. Certain incidents and injuries should be reported to HSE under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
When making a claim for a back injury, your circumstances will need to meet the following criteria:
- A third party owed you a duty of care
- This duty was breached
- You were harmed as a result.
If you can prove that your injury happened because your employer breached the duty of care they owed you, you could claim. Speak to our team today to find out more, or read on for more back injury compensation examples in the UK.
Many people might associate slipping and falling as a minor accident that won’t result in any major injuries. However, serious issues such as back pain, sprains, and ruptured or prolapsed discs can happen as a result of workplace injuries involving the back.
29% of incidents reported under RIDDOR in 2019/20 were slips, trips and falls on the same level. However, just because they are common does not mean they can’t cause serious injuries. For example, you could slip and fall backwards, causing your lower back to hit the floor, resulting in a bulging disc.
Just under 20% of injuries reported were as a result of improper manual handling, which can cause back injuries if a load is incorrectly picked up. If you’re injured undertaking poor lifting techniques yourself, despite being properly trained, then you would be unlikely to be owed compensation.
However, if it was caused by employer negligence, then you might be able to claim. For example, your employer could have trained you on incorrect lifting techniques or asked you to carry something too heavy.
Other common types of workplace injury include being struck by an object from a height and falling from a high place. All of these could contribute to back injuries in the workplace.
Get in touch with us today for more back injury compensation examples in the UK. Otherwise, read on to find out how back injuries could occur.
Keeping a workplace secure is important for the safety and wellbeing of everyone present. Mistakes can create serious implications such as:
- Poor housekeeping- Things like wires, boxes and packaging, if they’re left out, could create a trip hazard. These should be cleared up.
- Lack of training- It’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you’re properly trained to do your role. If you’re not trained, and you injure yourself, you could claim for any injuries you sustain.
- Substandard risk assessments– Risk assessments should be carried out regularly to identify any hazards and remove or reduce them. If risk assessments are not carried out, or if the results of them are ignored, this could also lead to injury.
Workers should also be encouraged to report concerns with workplace safety as soon as they arise. Management should log these incidents for the safety of the workplace.
For more back injury compensation examples in the UK, speak to a member of our team. Or you can read on to find out more about how you can claim for a back injury.
If you believe you have been hurt in the workplace, then you may be eligible to make a claim. Making a claim can be daunting, but we believe that if you choose to have a solicitor act on your behalf, the process can run much more smoothly.
If you have suffered an accident, you should receive medical attention immediately. Not only will this ensure that you get the treatment you need, but it will provide evidence for your case going forward.
When you recover, it can be helpful to collect evidence to support your claim. CCTV footage and photographs showing how your accident happened can support your version of events.
Next, you can speak with a solicitor and ask them to work on your behalf. To see if your claim could be taken on by a solicitor from our panel, why not get in touch? They can provide you with back injury compensation examples from the UK, meaning that they’re in a position to get you the compensation you deserve.
We’ve looked at a number of examples of when back injury compensation in the UK could be awarded. However, you could also be entitled to other payments too.
Firstly, you may be entitled to sick pay as mandated by your employment contract if you are unable to work. You may also be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. An individual can claim this for up to 28 weeks, and you can claim up to £96.35 weekly. You may also be eligible for Personal Independence Payment to assist you with paying bills.
We’re often asked, “How much compensation can I get for a back injury?“. There is no one answer to this question, as claims differ depending on individual circumstances.
Claims are often valued with the help of a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines. These inform a rough guide for legal practitioners to decide how much compensation to award.
As part of your claim, you’ll also be invited to a medical appointment. Here, your injuries will be assessed by an independent expert. The resulting report will be used to value your claim.
Some sites might offer a personal injury calculator; however, we’ve chosen to illustrate potential compensation amounts in the table below. Please keep in mind that these are just guidelines.
|Type of back injury||Notes||How much?|
|Minor (iii)||Full recovery within three months||Up to £2,300|
|Minor (ii)||Full recovery, greater than three months, less than two years.||£2,300 - £7,410|
|Minor (i)||Either a full recovery, or a recovery to where injury is a “nuisance”, between two to five years. No surgery required.||£7,410 - £11,730|
|Moderate (ii)||Injury which has led to backaches or an injury to the soft tissue.||£11,730 - £26,050|
|Moderate (i)||Less severe than below but incorporating injuries such as a vertebral crush fracture and a larger probability of osteoarthritis. Surgery may be required.||£26,050 - £36,390|
|Severe (iii)||Incorporates disc lesions or fractures where there is impairment to movement and agility.||£36,390 - £65,440|
|Severe (ii)||Claimant would have experienced nerve damage resulting in sensation loss and difficulties with sexual intercourse.||£69,600 - £82,980|
|Severe (i)||Deep spinal cord injury with symptoms not usually present in back injuries that has resulted in loss of bladder function, sexual function, and a partial paralysis.||£85,470 - £151,070|
The above table covers what is known as general damages. This refers to physical and psychological injuries that you sustain. Special damages can also be compensated for, which covers any financial loss or expenses that you have incurred because of your injuries. This can include travel fees or compensation for lost wages. You’ll need to provide evidence, like receipts, of the losses you have incurred.
Each claim is unique. If you need further advice, why not contact one of our specialists today?
What is the Average Payout for Back Injury at Work in the UK?
Every claim is unique so we wouldn’t be able to confirm exactly how much back injury compensation you could receive. If your claim is successful, the amount of general damages compensation depends on factors including the extent of your injury, whether any permanent symptoms were caused and your general prognosis for recovery.
As part of a back injury claim, you may also be able to receive compensation for financial losses caused by the injury. This head of claim is called special damages. Losses you could receive compensation for include:
- Travel costs
- Loss of earnings. If your injuries are long-term or permanent and lead to you being unable to work, you could potentially claim for future loss of earnings.
- Adjustments to your home
- Healthcare costs
- Care costs. For example, if you suffer a back injury at work, you may struggle to look after yourself. Therefore, you may need to pay for a healthcare specialist, such as a nurse.
If you’re wanting to claim for special damages, evidence will need to show the value of the financial losses caused by the injury. To do this, you would need evidence such as receipts, invoices, payslips or bank statements.
Considering the above factors, there is no average claim payout as there are many aspects that can determine your potential compensation amount.
To learn more about how much back injury compensation you could receive, please contact us for free legal advice using the above details.
If you have suffered a back injury, whether in the workplace or in a car accident and believe you are entitled to compensation, get in touch with our advisors.
Our team offers a free consultation in order to discuss the specific details of your claim. If your claim is valid, you could be offered a Conditional Fee Agreement or No Win No Fee agreement.
This is where you only pay your solicitor’s fees if your claim is successful. If you’re awarded compensation, a small portion of it will be deducted as a “success fee”. If you are unsuccessful, you pay your solicitor nothing.
Don’t delay – get in touch with us as soon as possible so our panel of solicitors can get you the outcome you deserve. For more free advice with zero obligation to proceed, we suggest:
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Car accident case study
Claiming for an accident at work.
Back injury at work compensation guide
GOV.UK information on Statutory Sick Pay
HSE information on manual handling
NHS guidance on back pain
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Can you be sacked for having an accident at work?
- 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
Thank you for reading our guide, where we’ve provided back injury compensation examples in the UK.
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