What can you do after suffering a back injury at work?
Suffering any sort of injury at work can have a long-lasting impact. Suffering from a back injury can not only put you out of work for months on end but can also have an effect on your life outside of work too. Depending on how severe your injury is, you could have to stop participating in leisure and sport activities. You may be unable to lift up your children or grandchildren, and in very bad cases may be bedbound.
This all sounds quite bleak, however it’s important to remember that if your injury has been caused by the negligence of your employer, you could potentially pursue a claim for compensation. For example, if you work in a job role that requires a lot of manual handling and you have not been properly trained on how to do this, you could claim compensation for any injury you suffer as a result of the manual handling work. Or, if you have to move heavy objects or machinery by yourself because of a lack of staff and you injure your back, you could also be owed compensation. Back injury compensation claims are often pursued by people who work in manual jobs such as on factory floors or warehouses, however a back injury can also be suffered by office workers and other desk-related jobs.
How to claim compensation for a back injury
Thousands of people suffer from work-related back injuries each year, but many people don’t realise that they could make a claim for compensation. If you are one of these people and are unsure about how you would go about starting a claim, don’t worry – it’s fairly easy to do so. Your first step should be to contact specialised industrial disease solicitors. They will be able to assess your situation and get back to you to let you know if they can take your case on.
Most back injury compensation claims are set up on a no-win, no-fee basis, which means if your claim isn’t successful, you won’t have to pay any solicitor’s fees for yourself or your employer. Once your case is set up, how it proceeds depends on the specific details of your circumstances. These details might include how severe your injury is, whether you are currently working for the employer, and whether there is more than one employer that has contributed towards your injury. To be in with the best chance of success you need to make sure you’re completely truthful with the solicitor representing you. Once they have all the information they need, they will represent you all the way through your claim, acting on your behalf when discussing compensatory amounts with your employer.
Rules for making a claim
When it comes to pursuing a back-injury compensation claim, there are certain rules that apply. For example, there must be a fair amount of evidence that your injury was caused by some form of negligence on your employer’s behalf. This might have been a lack of training, faulty equipment, or refusal to give you an adequate number of breaks. Your solicitor will be able to establish whether you have enough evidence to have a chance at success and will let you know either way.
The second rule is that there is a time limit to making an injury at work claim. You start your claims process within three years of your injury occurring, otherwise it will be what’s known as the “limitation period”. It’s a good idea to seek the advice of a solicitor sooner than this, though, to give you the best chance at success in your claim.