Back injuries can be some of the most debilitating injuries it is possible to suffer. Though they can vary considerably, many different back injuries can cause lasting damage. If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer a back injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for your injury and the negative effects which have resulted.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive indicate that from 2016 to 2017 work-related back disorders were responsible for the loss of 3.2 million working days. For the economy, that’s a huge amount of lost working time, but on a more personal level these numbers show the big difference a back injury can make to someone’s working life. For each case included in the statistics, the average number of working days lost was 16.5 days. Given that the minimum holiday entitlement for UK employees is 20 days (not including bank holidays) that’s almost a full year’s worth of holiday missed from work due to a back injury.
Those figures only reflect work-related back injuries but there are many ways in which a back injury can occur. The most frequent causes include:
- Workplace accidents – As noted in the statistics above, work-related back injuries are very common. Aside from impacts, falls, or falling objects, injuries to your back can be sustained through lifting and carrying heavy loads. If your employer has not provided sufficient training or equipment, they may have failed in their duties towards you.
- Road traffic accidents – Whiplash is not limited to the neck, it can also cause damage to your back as well. The forces involved in severe accidents can cause injuries in multiple locations of your body and soft-tissue upper and lower back injuries are common effects from road traffic accidents.
- Slips, trips, and falls in locations other than the workplace.
- Defective products – For example, a faulty chair could cause a back injury.
In many ways, the human back is very prone to injury. It is a complex structure made up of various components. It has to allow flexibility in multiple directions whilst still providing the rigid support which allows us to stand upright. The major components are:
- The spinal cord – A long bundle of nerve tissues running down the length of the spine. It carries signals between your brain and the rest of your body.
- Vertebrae – A series of bones which protect the spinal cord and give the back its rigid structure.
- Discs – These are jelly-like discs which sit between the vertebrae. They act as cushions, allowing some limited movement but also absorbing shocks down the spine.
- Nerves – Many nerves radiate from the spinal cord. Damage to the back can affect these nerves. Even if a nerve itself is not directly damaged in an accident, other effects of trauma can impinge on the nerves causing various conditions.
Different kinds of back injury
- Soft-tissue injuries – These refer to strains and damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The lower back (or lumbar spine) is particularly vulnerable to soft-tissue injuries. This is because of its greater flexibility and its role in carrying the majority of the body’s weight.
- Slipped discs – In medical terminology these are referred to as herniated or ruptured discs. Trauma sustained in an accident can cause the outer layers of a disc to break, allowing the fluid inside to leak out. This can lead to a lot of pain and the leaked fluid can press upon the spinal cord or major nerves, causing pain, a loss of sensation in parts of the body, or feelings of pins and needles.
- Broken vertebrae – Fractures to the vertebrae can be particularly serious due to their proximity to the spinal cord.
- Damage to nerves or the spinal cord – If major nerves are damaged or affected by damage to other spinal components, there can be very severe consequences to bodily function. The spinal cord in particular plays a vital role in the body. If it sustains damage it could lead to loss of muscle control, loss of sensation, even partial or complete paralysis.
Why should I make a claim for compensation for my back injury?
Claiming compensation can help you to get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Often once you have started a claim, insurers will provide you with rehabilitation in order to assist with your recovery.
Even though it cannot reverse the effects of the accident directly, bringing a compensation claim can fund your recovery and help you to rebuild your life. It can mitigate the financial strain you may face after a back injury has disrupted your ability to earn and provide for you and your family.
Not only that, a compensation claim can act as a powerful deterrent to the party responsible for your injuries. Your claim could prevent the same thing from happening to others. By claiming the compensation you are entitled to, you will send a strong message that the responsible party must do its utmost to prevent such negligence occurring in the future. If your claim is successful, the other side’s insurance premiums are likely to increase, as well as that they may have to pay any excess.
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