Compensation for Back Injury at Work

Compensation for Back Injury at Work
LLB (Hons) & LPC Annabel Chadwick
Written by: Alice Williams Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Annabel Chadwick Updated: In: Industrial Disease

Can I Claim for a Back Injury at Work?

In any working environment, you should expect your employer to provide a safe working environment and suitable training. If you’ve found yourself put into a dangerous position that has led to such an injury, we can help you claim compensation for back injury at work.

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Compensation for Back Injury at Work


How should my employer help me avoid back injury?

In any job that involves manual handling, especially one that involves heavy lifting, your employer must be able to prove that they are taking suitable steps to protect your health and safety. Any potential back injuries at work can be avoided if regular risk assessments are carried out, and suitable safety measures are put in place to remove any probable dangers.

If your employer is found to have failed in any of these requirements, then you may be able to receive compensation for your back injury. Contact us and we can help you to establish what you might be entitled to.

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Situations that can cause a back injury at work

Unfortunately, there are a few different ways that you can get a back injury at work. The most common two are related to repetition and posture.

Posture

Generally, this kind of back injury results from working in an unnatural position for a longer period of time. If you have to use a chair or equipment that is not supportive enough for an entire day’s work, then your posture can be negatively affected and your back will start to become very painful.

You need to let your employer know if your back begins to hurt or ache so that they can offer you a better chair, or an alternative working set-up that will not cause a later back injury. If your employer is unable to provide you with a better alternative, then you may be able to pursue claiming compensation for a back injury at work.

Repetition

If you have to carry out the same task over and over again, it can ultimately lead to a repetitive strain injury or back injury. These injuries are most common when you are working on a production line or if you have carried out manual handling in a warehouse.

How bad your back injury is will generally depend on both the movement involved in the task, and also your strength and size. However, regardless of this, your employer should always provide support for every individual employee and ensure that everyone is safe in their workplace.

It might even be the case that you have been unfortunate enough to sustain a back injury at work through an isolated incident. If this is the case, and it can be proven that it was as a result of negligence on the part of your employer, you could be able to claim suitable compensation for your injury.

What do I do when I've been injured?

If you can gather any form of evidence to support your claim that your employer has not taken your safety seriously and has put you at risk, then this will vastly benefit your case later on.

If you have any CCTV footage of an isolated accident, or photos of the location in which the injury was sustained, this evidence can be considered along with your statement. Our expert solicitors can use this to help you construct a strong case.

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Sustaining any kind of injury is horrible, and it may be the case that you’ve also been forced to take time off work in order to recover. We can help you get the compensation that you’re owed for these missed wages, and help you move forward with your recovery process. Contact us today to find out how we can best help you.

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