Neck and Back Injury Claims
While neck and back injuries are some of the most common injuries that occur in the workplace, they are also often the most disabling and difficult to treat. If a worker suffers a serious injury to this part of the body, it can often be impossible to clinically repair the damage that has been done to the spine.
All workplaces are subject to strict rules and regulations in order to prevent these kinds of injuries occuring. Every aspect of a person’s job must be examined to determine the risk, and everything must be done to prevent an injury from occurring. This could be by providing appropriate lifting aids, adequate support and training.
However, the correct procedures are often not put in place or, even if they are, a worker can become injured through no fault of their own. If you believe this is you, then you could be entitled to make a neck and back injury claim for compensation.
Common causes of back and neck injuries
- A worker is required to lift a load that is too heavy (usually over 20kg)
- A worker has to twist, stoop and bend to carry a load, even if it is light
- The load has to be carried above their shoulders
- A two-person lift is carried out alone
- Adequate lifting equipment has not been provided
- Multiple small lifts are routinely carried out throughout the week resulting in a cumulative injury
Back and neck injury statistics
- In 2015/16 there were 214,000 cases of work-related neck and back injuries
- Male workers aged 45+ are most likely to develop this kind of injury
- Reports from GPs suggest that 36% of all work-related injuries they see include the neck and back
- These injuries are most commonly seen in the following industries: agriculture, forestry, fishing, construction, transportation, storage and delivery
- In 2015/16, almost 3.5 million working days were lost as a result of neck and back injuries
- Those working in a skilled trade profession are most likely to develop this kind of injury
How much compensation will I receive?
There is no definitive way to determine how much compensation you will receive at the end of your claim, as it can depend on a number of different factors. This includes how long you have suffered from the injury, if you have undergone any rehabilitation or medical treatment, the severity of the pain, and the impact it has on your everyday life and future outlook.