Back Injury Claims

Claim Compensation for a Back Injury

Back pain is the single largest cause of disability in the UK. Injuries range from minor to extremely serious, with some back injuries leading to permanent loss of mobility. If you have suffered a back injury in an accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

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A back injury is caused by damage to the muscles, bones, ligaments or nerves in the back. It can occur anywhere along the spine from the neck down to the pelvis.

Symptoms of a back injury can range from mild discomfort to chronic pain and loss of movement. In some cases, these injuries result in long-term disability which impacts a person’s ability to work and reduces their quality of life.

Almost 200,000 back injuries are reported each year to the NHS. They arise from a wide range of circumstances, from vehicle collisions, to accidents at work, to everyday slips and falls.

If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a compensation claim with the help of a personal injury solicitor.

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What counts as a back injury?

A back injury can look different for each individual. It might involve any of the following:

  • Sprains, strains or tears to muscles or ligaments in the back
  • Nerve damage
  • Bruised coccyx
  • Slipped discs
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis

While many back injuries heal in a few weeks with rest and treatment, others may take several months to heal and may require surgery or the use of a back brace in some instances.

Even moderate back injury can have a substantial financial impact. Long periods off work can put a strain on your household finances. Where the injury wasn’t your fault, back injury compensation can help you cover these costs and move forward.

What are the causes of a back injury?

Back injuries can occur in a wide range of situations, including in a road accident, in a cycling or other sporting accident, or as a result of a slip, trip or fall in a public place.

Lifting heavy objects at work is a common cause of back injuries. Your employer has a duty to protect you from harm and must follow all relevant health and safety legislation. If they have failed to provide safe working conditions, policies and training, you may be able to make a back injury at work compensation claim.

Back injuries can also be caused by medical negligence. This is where a healthcare professional damages your back, or fails to adequately diagnose or treat a back problem, resulting in further injury. Examples of medical negligence that can lead to back injuries include misdiagnosis of spinal fractures or failure to detect cauda equina syndrome.

At Osbornes law, we have expert solicitors in all types of accidents and medical negligence. You will work with a solicitor who is experienced in your type of claim, ensuring you receive the highest standard of legal advice and representation.

Am I eligible to make a back injury claim?

To qualify for making any personal injury claim:

  • You must have been injured within the last three years
  • The accident must have been someone else’s fault
  • The accident must have caused or worsened your back injury

You can still make a claim if you were partly at fault for the accident, but the amount of compensation you receive may be reduced to reflect your contribution. An example would be if you weren’t wearing a safety harness while working at height and subsequently suffered a back injury due to a fall. In this scenario, your compensation may be reduced because you shared the responsibility.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to make a claim, contact us for free and impartial advice on 020 4502 8630. We’ll listen to what you tell us and let you know if we think you could make a no win, no fee back injury claim.

How much is the average settlement for a back injury?

Back injury compensation claim amounts vary according to how serious your injury is and the impact it has on your life. We cannot give you a specific figure until a solicitor has investigated all the details.

However, every back injury compensation amount will be made up of general damages and special damages:

General damages

These cover the pain and suffering caused by your back injury, including the psychological impacts, inability to perform everyday tasks, and loss of enjoyment for your hobbies and interests. They are calculated using guidelines set by the Judicial College, a government department which provides guidance to solicitors on how much compensation should be awarded for different types of personal injury.

The following example back injury payouts are taken from the latest Judicial College guidelines:

  • Mild back injury: e.g. slipped disc and muscle tears with full recovery without surgery in 2-5 years – up to £12,510
  • Moderate back injury: eg ligament and soft tissue damage with ongoing pain and discomfort – £27,760 to £38,780
  • Severe back injury: eg fractures or disc lesions causing chronic disabilities and continuing pain – £38,780 to £69,730
  • Most severe back injury: eg spinal cord and nerve root damage with paralysis – £91,090 to £1160,980

Special damages

As well as general damages, you can claim an amount for special damages. These cover any financial losses or expenses you have incurred as a result of your back injury. Examples include:

  • Lost wages if you took time off work to recover
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel costs, such as taking taxis to doctor’s appointments
  • Walking aids
  • Physiotherapy treatment

If the back injury stops you from working or you must take a lower-paying job due to your injury, this will be factored into your special damages. For younger people who suffer a serious back injury, the award for future loss of earnings may make up the biggest part of their compensation.

How long after a back injury do I have to claim compensation?

In most cases, you have up to three years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

If a child has suffered a back injury, their parent or guardian has until their 18th birthday to make a claim. If a claim is not started in that time, the child can make a claim themselves at any time between their 18th and 21st birthdays.

Three years may seem like a long time. However, back injury claims can take a long time to investigate. It’s essential to contact us as soon as possible after your injury so that we can gather evidence before time runs out.

How do I begin a back injury compensation claim?

Contact our friendly personal injury solicitors when you’re ready. We’ll listen to your experience and let you know straight away whether you are able to make a back injury compensation claim.

We’ll then talk you through your options so you can make an informed decision about what you’d like to do next. We will not put any pressure on you to make a claim – the decision is entirely yours.

If you decide to proceed, we’ll connect you with a solicitor from our personal injury or medical negligence teams who specialises in your type of claim. They will guide you through the process and handle all the legal details so that you can focus on your recovery.

With our no win, no fee guarantee, there’s no financial risk to you in making a claim. No win no fee means you do not pay any legal costs upfront. Instead, you pay an agreed-upon percentage of your compensation if you win.

Why our lawyers for your claim?

  • We have been fighting the corner for injured persons for over 50 years and have an excellent track record of success.
  • We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which means we adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • We are proud members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers which means we have proven experience in handling personal injury claims.
  • We have been ranked in The Times Best Law Firm Guide for six consecutive years.
  • We are highly rated by independent guides ot the legal professional, including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500
  • We have hundreds of reviews on Trustpilot and hold an ‘Excellent’ rating.

What types of injuries can I claim for?

We have helped clients claim compensation for a wide range of injuries including:

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    • Osbornes prepares cases well; the whole team is good and lawyers there know their stuff.

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      Legal 500 2024

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      Chambers UK

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      Personal Injury Client

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      Chambers UK

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      Chambers UK

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      Chambers UK

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      Chambers UK

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      Legal 500

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