Have you recently felt a twinge in your back or have you been dealing with a back condition for many years? Has your work made the issue worse? Find out more about back pain at work here to discover if your symptoms have been caused by your employment and the steps you should follow next.
Thousands of people suffer from a cumulative back injury or condition every year. If you do have back pain as a result of your work or working environment, you may have the option to pursue a back injury claim. Roberts Jackson Solicitors specialise in managing claims related to back injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. With years of experience running these complex claims, you can trust our legal team to successfully prove that your condition is work-related and secure the back injury compensation you deserve.
What Has Caused My Back Injury?
Roberts Jackson Solicitors can pursue a back injury claim on your behalf if your condition has been caused by your employer’s negligence. Employers are legally required to protect your health and safety in the workplace. In jobs where heavy lifting, prolonged sitting and manual handling are involved, employers must take particular care to protect or control any risk of back injuries, performing risk assessments and implementing safety measures to reduce or remove potential dangers.
With back problems being a common issue for many people it can often be hard to identify how the injury has happened and if it is work related. At Roberts Jackson Solicitors, we often find that the three most common types of back injuries from work stem from the following:
Repetition: These injuries tend to occur during repetitive manual handling in warehouses, factories and production lines. When a task is repetitive, it can cause an area of the back to strain, such as the neck (cervical area), shoulder or the lumbar spine, and also lead to a repetitive strain injury. The condition can depend on how a lift or movement is performed, the training given and the individual’s strength and size. They can be caused by weights which aren’t considerable; we have acted for people who have lifted in excess of 10kg at work, and for others who have lifted over 40kg.
Posture: These back injuries are typically caused when an employee has to work in unnatural position for a long period of time. If your seat or posture (for example if you are stood up at work, sit at an uncomfortable desk, or are stooped over for most of the day) has affected your back, and you have made a complaint to a senior person, line manager or boss that has gone ignored, we can help you pursue a back injury claim.
Isolated Accident: These one-off incidents can take place in any line of work. If your back injury has been caused by an individual task, such as lifting a heavy weight, and you received no or inadequate manual handling training, your employer may be to blame for your condition. If your employer has failed to protect you from workplace dangers, which has led to you suffering from a back condition, our solicitors will be dedicated to creating a strong back injury claim proving that they are to blame for your injury.
Symptoms of a Cumulative Back Injury
Cumulative Back Injuries can affect all different areas of the back, it can affect the whole back or a specific area. Often the cause of the injury can be related to the area of the injury in question. Below we have detailed some of the specific problem areas that are an indication of a cumulative back injury problem.
Upper/Middle Back Pain: The area affected here starts from the rib cage up to the top of the spine, this area is called the thoaric spine. Pain in this area is much different from lower back pain due to it possibly affecting both arms and hands. The pain is more of a numbness or swelling of the upper back pain which is due to the bones being more fixed and stronger than the lower back.
Lower Back Pain: Lower 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. Lower back pain sufferers often complain of a more sharp pain, this is due to the nature of the injury in which for example a disc might have slipped or a muscle twisted.
When managing negligence claims we always put the needs of our client first. We also aim to keep the process simple and straightforward, and pride ourselves on treating each client as an individual to ensure that every case is handled in a sensitive and honest manner.
How do I Claim For a Cumulative Back Injury
Once our solicitors have gathered enough background information, they will start to put together your claim for compensation. During this time, we will liaise with medical experts, speak to witnesses and utilise our rich knowledge of health and safety regulations to create the strongest possible case against the responsible party. We may also ask you to attend a medical assessment, as these records can prove particularly valuable during back injury claims.
Throughout the claims process, we will keep your involvement minimal so you have time to rest, recover and carry on living a normal life. However, if you require more frequent updates we can tailor our approach to your needs, providing you with the legal service you rightfully deserve.
Contact us & Further Information
If you would like to find out more about our claims process and how we can help you to get the Cumulative Back Injury compensation you deserve, contact us on 0808 115 3248 for a free initial consultation where we will explain the options available to you.
Cumulative Back Injury Compensation Amounts
Minor Back Issues
£1,000 to £8,900
Moderate Back Issues
£8,900 to £27,700
Severe Back Issues
£27,700 to £115,000
*All figures are based on the maximum JC guidelines*