I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back, Can I Make A Claim?

Are you asking the question ‘I slipped at work and hurt my back – what do I do next?’. If the accident was caused by your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you, you may wish to seek compensation. This guide will help you understand the next steps you may wish to take in order to do so.

Slipped at work and hurt my back

Slipped at work and hurt my back guide

It can be a very difficult time as you try to deal with the physical and psychological impact of the injury. In addition, you may have been financially affected by your injuries if you have been unable to work while recovering, for example.

Our guide will explore the compensation you could claim and the evidence you’ll need to provide to support your case.

Additionally, this article aims to explain how you can work with a personal injury solicitor under a No Win No Fee agreement to start a claim against the negligent party who caused your back injury.

There are various ways in which a broken back or other types of back injury could occur. We’ll explore examples of how an employer’s negligence could cause you to sustain harm in an accident.

At Public Interest Lawyers, we aim to help you as much as possible to ensure those responsible reimburse your costs and acknowledge your pain and suffering. If you have any questions after reading or you’re ready to start a claim right now, get in touch by:

  • Calling us on 0800 408 7825
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  • Use the ‘live support’ option to the bottom right of this screen

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  1. I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back
  2. Employers Duty Of Care
  3. How To Prevent Slips, Trips Or Falls In The Workplace
  4. What Could Cause Me To Slip At Work And Hurt My Back?
  5. What Injuries Could I Sustain If I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back?
  6. Calculating Workplace Back Injury Payouts
  7. How Do I Start My Claim If I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back?
  8. Find Out More About Workplace Injury Claims

I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back

At work, your employer has a responsibility for your safety. Under specific legislation, they have a duty of care to ensure that they take reasonable action to prevent their employees from sustaining harm.

In order to make a valid personal injury claim, you must be able to demonstrate that your employer breached the duty of care they owed you which resulted in you sustaining harm.

In some cases, you may be able to claim compensation even if you were partly at fault for the circumstances of the accident. This is referred to as a split liability claim.

If you’re wondering ‘was my employer liable for the accident in which I slipped at work and hurt my back?’, call our team. An advisor can discuss your case and assess whether you have a valid claim.

Employers Duty Of Care

Section 2 of the Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), sets out general responsibilities for employers that make up the duty of care that they owe their employees. A brief overview of the legal requirements are:

  • To conduct regular safety assessments and act upon the findings
  • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) if the risk is still present after all other reasonable measures have been put in place
  • Adequately train staff to do their job safely and correctly
  • Hold an ‘accident log’ to keep a record of accidents at work
  • Designate a health and safety officer
  • Report certain workplace injuries and accidents under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

As the hazards and risks in each workplace differ, the duties of an employer will vary. However, they must take all reasonable steps to prevent employees from experiencing harm.

Under Section 7 of the HASAWA, employees also have a duty of care to themselves and their colleagues. For example, they should comply with health and safety measures that employers put in place.

If you’re wondering ‘can I seek compensation after I slipped at work and hurt my back because my employer failed to comply with workplace legislation?’, call our team to discuss whether you could seek compensation. If you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.

Health And Safety At Work Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides extensive information to help employers implement these requirements. The HSE are a government agency responsible for regulating health and safety in workplaces.

Despite this, accidents causing workplace injuries do still happen. Using statistics from HSE, we have provided an insight into the accidents and injuries reported by employers under RIDDOR during 2020/2021:

  • 1.7 million people were suffering from a work-related illness, including work-related stress, depression or anxiety, a work-related musculoskeletal disorder and COVID-19
  • 142 workers lost their lives at work
  • There were 51,211 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR

Only certain incidents need to be reported under RIDDOR. Therefore, the statistics above might not be fully representative of the number of injuries sustained overall.

How To Prevent Slips, Trips Or Falls In The Workplace

Regardless of the potential severity of an injury, it’s important that your employer does everything they reasonably can to control or remove the risk of accidents, including a slip, trip or fall.

There are certain workplaces that may have a higher risk for slips, trips and falls, such as kitchens. However, practical steps could be made to prevent them from occurring, such as:

  • Use entrance mats in areas that get wet or icy
  • Attend to leaks or other issues causing wet surfaces
  • Use the correct cleaning methods and products
  • Always put out signage to warn of wet areas or cleaning in progress
  • Remove spillages promptly and have effective arrangements for dealing with spills.
  • Repair floors if they are damaged or worn
  • Ensure lighting is adequate in all areas and that all slopes or stairs are clearly visible
  • Keep walkways and work areas free and clear of obstructions.
  • Provide correct footwear (such as non-slip shoes) as appropriate

If you have slipped at work and hurt your back as a result of employer negligence, you could claim compensaiton. Speak with a member of our team for more information.

What Could Cause Me To Slip At Work And Hurt My Back?

Employer negligence in the workplace could cause a number of different scenarios in which you could injure your back. These can include:

  • Tripping down the stairs due to poor lighting in the stairwell, causing you a soft tissue injury in your back and a fractured jaw.
  • Falling from a faulty ladder due to your employer failing to carry out regular risk assessments on the workplace equipment.
  • A spill in the break room that wasn’t cleaned up or signposted with a wet floor sign. As a result, you may have experienced a spinal injury.
  • Damaged or uneven floor surfaces that your employer was made aware of after carrying out a risk assessment. However, they may have failed to put measures in place to control or remove the risk, causing you to sustain a serious back injury.

Slips and falls are a very real hazard in the workplace. The consequences of an employer’s carelessness and failure to uphold their responsibilities could result in injuries that range from back muscle spasms to herniated discs or spinal cord damage.

If you’re wondering ‘I slipped at work and hurt my back in a different kind of accident, can I still claim?’, call our team to discuss your case in more detail.

What Injuries Could I Sustain If I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back?

Firstly, it’s important to understand that an injured back can cover a wide array of problems depending on which part of the back is affected. The spine is composed of 24 vertebrae discs and is divided into three main areas:

  • Cervical vertebrae  – 7 discs located at the top of the spine, near the neck
  • Thoracic vertebrae – the 12 discs making up the majority of the spine
  • Lumbar vertebrae  – the 5 discs at the bottom

Injuries to the back may vary but could include:

  • Broken or damaged bones
  • Slipped discs (when vertebrae are jolted out of alignment)
  • Spinal injuries
  • Coccyx injuries
  • Paralysis (either temporary or permanent)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Nerve damage
  • Back pain

If you slipped at work and injured your back it’s vital that you receive proper medical attention and have your injuries accurately assessed. However, treatment options may differ depending on the injury you’ve sustained.

If you sustained a similar injury as a result of your employer’s negligence, you could seek compensation for the suffering.

Calculating Workplace Back Injury Payouts

There are often two heads to a compensation claim made for a back injury. The first is called general damages which seek to provide compensation for your physical and psychological injuries.

The amount of compensation you receive will vary depending on the severity of your condition and how badly it’s impacted your quality of life. In order to determine the full extent of your condition, you may need to attend a medical appointment that’s completed independently of your claim.

Alongside the report produced from the medical assessment and any other medical evidence provided in support of your claim, the Judicial College Guidelines may be considered when looking at how much your claim could be worth.

This publication lists bracket compensation figures for injuries of differing severities. The table below shows examples of the compensation that may be awarded for different injuries:

InjurySeverity And Additional DetailsJudicial College Guidelines Award Bracket
Back injury(a) Severe: (i) Spinal cord and nerve root damage resulting in severe disability.£85,470 to £151,070
Back injury(a) Severe: (ii) Damage to the nerve root alongside loss of sensation and impaired bladder and bowel function.£69,600 to £82,980
Back injury(a) Severe: (iii) A disc vertebrae injury that causes ongoing severe pain and discomfort. £36,390 to £65,440
Back injury(b) Moderate: (i) Crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae that causes a risk of constant pain and discomfort.£26,050 to £36,390
Back injury(b) Moderate: (ii) Soft tissue injuries that exacerbate a pre-existing back condition by more than five years. £11,730 to £26,050
Back injury(c) Minor: (i) A fracture injury that full recovers without surgery within 5 years.£7,410 to £11,730
Back injury(c) Minor: (ii) A disc prolapse that recovers without surgery within two years.£2,300 to £7,410
Back injury(c) Minor: (iii) A less serious strain that recovers fully within three months.Up to £2,300

You should only use these figures as a guide because your actual settlement will vary depending on different factors unique to your case. To get a more accurate valuation of your injuries, you could work with a personal injury solicitor. They can accurately value your claim as part of the services they offer.

For more information on ‘what can I claim if I slipped at work and hurt my back?’, call our team. If you have a valid case, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.

What Special Damages You Could Claim If You Slipped At Work And Hurt Your Back?

In addition to this, your claim may also comprise special damages which reimburses you for any past or future financial losses. Provided you have proof of all the out of pocket expenses caused by the injury, you could claim them back under special damages. They might include:

  • Any lost wages due to you being unable to work
  • Physiotherapy or chiropractor costs
  • Expensive medications and pain management needs
  • Child care
  • Care costs for yourself to help you perform essential tasks, such as washing or eating
  • Modifications to your home such as wheelchair access or other fittings to aid mobility
  • Impact on your pension or staff bonus
  • Loss of deposits for special occasions
  • Travel costs to work or hospital appointments

Evidence you could provide to support any monetary losses might include receipts, bills or invoices.

How Do I Start My Claim If I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back?

If you’re wondering ‘what steps should I take if I slipped at work and hurt my back?’, the checklist below provides guidance on the steps you might consider taking as you put a claim together:

  • Collect evidence of the accident: This might include CCTV footage, witness details or a copy of your accident recorded in the workplace accident book.
  • Collect evidence of your injury: When you seek medical attention, your medical records can highlight the treatment and diagnosis you received. This could be used as evidence to support your claim.

Additionally, you may wish to seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor. This isn’t a legal requirement, but having their support and guidance could help the process run more smoothly than it otherwise would.

An experienced legal representative can take you through the next steps of your claim, such as arranging for you to attend a medical assessment and helping you gather relevant evidence.

How Could A No Win No Fee Agreement Help?

No Win No Fee arrangements, such as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) are a way for people to access legal representation at no upfront cost. Also, if your claim fails, you won’t pay your solicitor’s fees.

At the conclusion of winning cases, you’ll pay a small, legally capped percentage as their ‘success fee’. However, your No Win No Fee solicitor will make you aware of the fee before you start your claim with them on this basis.

In practice, agreements such as this can offer a financially risk-free alternative to people pursuing compensation with legal representation. Our panel of personal injury solicitors can take on your claim under this agreement. For more information, call our team on the number above.

Find Out More About Workplace Injury Claims

We hope our guide answering the question ‘I slipped at work and hurt my back, what do I do?’ has helped. However, if you need any additional information, get in touch with our team.

An advisor can assess your claim and if they feel it has a chance of success, could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Alternatively, if you’re not ready to claim, they can provide further clarification on anything of which you’re unsure.

Either way, contact our team on the details below to find out more:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
  • Contact form: Fill out our online form with your query
  • Live chat- Use the ‘live support’ option to the bottom right of this screen

Additional Resources

Below are links to further reading on other types of personal injury.

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