Back injury compensation claims


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Back injuries are the most common form of injury caused by accidents at work, with over 1 million people in the UK estimated to be suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder.

Of all illnesses and injuries related to work, around 60% are due to back, neck and limb conditions. Back injuries are by far the most common of these, being responsible for almost 120 million working days lost each year.

For a lot of people who suffer from back injuries, a full recovery is made simply through bed rest and/or a course of medicine. That's not always the case though, as even the most minor of back injury can be extremely painful and debilitating and lead to financial loss.

If your back injury is the result of somebody else's negligence, then you could be entitled to make a No Win No Fee compensation claim.

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How much compensation can you claim for a back injury?

The amount of compensation you could be entitled to for a back injury depends on a number of factors, from the severity of the injury to the level of impact it has on your everyday life and your ability to work.

Below we've listed some examples of back injury compensation payouts, for more information see our personal injury claims payout guide.

Severe back injury: (£30,910 - £128,320)

  • Most severe back injury: £72,620 - £128,320
  • Claims with certain factors that take them beyond the lower bracket: £59,120 - £70,490
  • Disc lesions/fractures of disks/ soft tissue injury with chronic conditions: £30,910 - £55,590

Moderate back injury: (£9,970 - £ 30,910)

  • Residual disability less than severe: £22,130 - £30,910
  • Disturbance of ligaments/prolonged exacerbation/prolapsed discs etc.: £9,970 - £22,130

Minor back injury: (A few hundred pounds – £9,970)

  • Full recovery or recovery to nuisance level within 2-5 years: £6,290 - £9,970
  • Full recovery between 3 months and two years: £1,950 - £6,290
  • Full recovery within 3 months: A few hundred pounds - £1,950

Common causes of back injuries

Back injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, from sitting with a bad pasture to a severe impact accident. 

Some of the most common causes of back injuries include:

Road traffic accidents - Back injuries associated with whiplash are perhaps the most common form of back injury that lead compensation claims. As well as whiplash, car accidents can also cause injury to the lower back because of the forces involved in the impact. See more: Road traffic accident claims

Accidents at work - A lot of back injuries are caused by work, particular by manual handling accidents. Lifting heavy objects at work can lead to back sprains and other issues, and you could be entitled to make a claim if the correct safety and training procedures haven't been followed by your employer. 

Slips, trips and falls - Taking a tumble onto a hard surface is a very common cause of back injuries due to the impact, which can lead to a range of different injuries. Slipping or tripping over on wet floors, uneven surfaces or something similar that should be signposted can lead to compensation claims if negligence can be proved.

Medical negligence - It may not be the first thing to come to mind, but medical negligence is a big cause of back injuries. Operations on the spine are extremely complicated, and sometimes things can go wrong. See more: Medical negligence claims

Types of back injury

There are a lot of different ways you can injure your back, including:

Slipped disc - Having a herniated or prolapsed disc can result in a lot of pain and debilitation due to the disc pressing on nerves or on the spinal cord.

Broken neck/back - Breaking or fracturing your spine can lead to permanent disability or even death if damage has been caused to the spinal cord. Another back bone that is often broken is the coccyx - which tends to be the result of a fall.

Soft tissue injuries - This can include damage to ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons in the back – which can cause pain if bruised. Whiplash is perhaps the most common form of soft tissue injury. 

How to make a back injury compensation claim

If you have suffered an injury to your back after an accident that wasn't your fault, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Get in touch with CL Legal today to learn about how we can help you make a No Win No Fee compensation claim:

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