A back injury at work is not an uncommon occurrence. Almost all of us who work, in whatever capacity, are at risk of injuring our backs.
The back forms a linchpin for nearly all the physical activities our bodies undertake. The complexity of the back and the many ligaments, bones and muscles attached to it make this area of the body vulnerable to an injury.
If you have suffered a back injury at work in an accident that could have been prevented by somebody else, you may be able to claim compensation.
Causes of back injuries at work
Hundreds of thousands of back injuries at work happen every year in the UK. In most cases, these accidents could have been averted. One of the reasons they could have been avoided is through the action of employers.
Some of the most common kinds of avoidable back injuries include:
- Lack of assessments highlighting problems with posture or equipment that can lead to injury
- Lack of manual handling training for staff who lift and/or move objects on a regular basis
- Inadequate or faulty/broken equipment used for lifting jobs e.g. hoists
- Twisting or moving awkwardly while lifting an object
- Long hours with no breaks potentially putting extra strain on the back
What to do following a back injury
If you have had a back injury at work the first thing you must do is to seek medical attention. It is then prudent to report the accident to your Health and Safety Representative and make sure it is recorded in the accident book at work.
You will need the assistance of a qualified solicitor with experience in handling work injury claims. It must be established that your employer was to blame for your back injury at work. Because of this, it is helpful to supply as much evidence of your injury as possible e.g. photographs, medical records and details of witnesses. This information will help when seeking compensation for financial losses and pain and suffering your back injury caused.
If you are thinking about making a back injury at work claim then please contact Jefferies Solicitors. We have dealt with a significant number of workplace claims over the last 25 years, including back injury cases. Call our team on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch with us online to arrange a call-back.