If you suffer from back or neck pain as a result of your working environment, Roberts Jackson Solicitors can provide you with free legal advice on the steps you need to follow. With the help and support of our expert musculoskeletal solicitors, we can assist you towards remedying the situation in order to prevent the problem from worsening overtime.
Common Causes of Back Pain from Work
Back pain that is caused at your workplace can be caused by many different factors such as the job you do or the environment you work in.
Below are three of the most common causes of Back Pain at Work:
- Posture is the number one cause of back pain where you would sufferers often complaining that their posture at work has caused their back pain. This could often be caused due to inadequate training or the work space in which the employee is working.
- Repetitive motions and positions can also cause back pain from work due to the constant strain placed upon the employees back and neck. These types of back injuries can be seen in production line and warehouse work.
- Isolated accidents such as a one-off incident can take place anytime in any line of work. If your back injury has been caused by you performing an individual task such as lifting a heavy weight, and you wasn’t given the proper manual handling training, your employer could be liable for your condition.
Symptoms of Back Pain at Work
Back pain at work can cause many different issues and the symptoms can vary depending on the individual involved and the working environment they are in.
Below we have listed some of the most common back pain symptoms which apply to all job roles:
- Upper/Middle Back Pain: This type of back pain starts from the rib cage up to the top of the spine, this area is called the thoracic spin. Pain in this area is different from lower back pain because it can affect both the arms and hands. The pain is more of a numbness and swelling of the upper back pain.
- Lower Back Pain: This type of back pain is commonly found from the rib cage down to the bottom of the spine however it is not rare for the pain to travel to the top of the legs in the thigh/buttock region. People who suffer from this type of back pain often complain of more severe sharp pain, this is due to the nature of the injury in which for example a disc may have slipped.
Have you informed your employer?
For employees who unfortunately suffer back pain at work, we would strongly advise you to raise this issue with your employer. Your employer has a duty of care and legal responsibility to protect your health and safety at work, so they should already have measures in place that protect you from any harm.
Employees who are at risk of back pain should be provided with:
- Suitable equipment
- Health consultations
- Health and safety training
- Manual Handling Training
Unfortunately if you do suffer from any type of back or neck pain due to your work, this maybe because your employer has failed to identify a possible hazard whilst performing a risk assessment. We would advise you to have a discussion with the appropriate member of staff in order to give them the opportunity to address the issue they failed to identify previously.
Roberts Jackson Solicitors specialise in managing back injury and musculoskeletal claims. With years of experience running these types of complex claims, you can trust our legal team to successfully prove that your condition is work-related and secure the back injury compensation you are entitled to.
Is my slipped disc from work?
Have you recently suffered from a slipped disc at work? Does your job require you to perform manual tasks such as lifting? Unfortunately thousands of people suffer from slipped discs caused by work every year.
This type of injury can be found in many different types of workplaces from white collar (office work) to blue collar (manual work). Many people who suffer from back pain or a slipped disc find that it is often down to lifting heavy weights or poor posture such as slouching.
An isolated accident is the most common cause of a slipped disc. If you have performed a task at your workplace such as lifting a heavy weight and you were not provided the appropriate manual handling training, your employer could be liable for your slipped disc.
Sufferers of a slipped disc from work can often pin point the incident in which it happened due to the pain caused.
To make a claim for a slipped disc, different factors are taken into account such as:
- Time Spent
- Weight Lifted
- Whether or not the employee was properly trained
- Whether the employee has notified the employer of their injury & was this logged in the accident book
- Put on light duties after the original incident
We will handle the entire claims process on your behalf, giving you the opportunity to spend your time focussing on your health and wellbeing.
Why choose Roberts Jackson Solicitors to run your claim
Roberts Jackson Solicitors undergo regular in-house training and development programmes to make sure their legal knowledge is both rich and up-to-date.
With experience working on behalf of people with a broad range of work-related injury and conditions, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your compensation claim will be managed by true specialists.
We also promise all our clients a No Win No Fee agreement meaning you can be safe in the knowledge that financially no money will be taken from you if the case is unsuccessful.
Starting a claim for back pain compensation
If your employer doesn’t take action to protect you from back pain at work, even if you do raise the issue with them, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
If you are suffering with back pain at work and would like free legal advice from Roberts Jackson, get in contact with us on 0800 001 4496.