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If you have suffered a back injury due to someone else’s negligence, Truth Legal can bring your back injury claim to secure compensation

If you have suffered a back injury as the result of an accident at work, or the negligence of another, our Personal Injury lawyers are here to help. We specialise in getting our clients the compensation they need to support their recovery, and may be able to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis.

Why Make Your Back Injury Claim with Truth Legal?

At Truth Legal, our specialist Personal Injury solicitors will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve. We pride ourselves on delivering an ethical, honest, and efficient service.

Our Personal Injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in representing clients who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own. Throughout your case, we will be on hand to offer you clear, objective advice so that you fully understand your legal situation.

Where possible, we offer No Win No Fee agreements to ensure there is no financial risk to you in bringing your back injury claim. If you would like to discuss your situation before starting your claim, our team offer a free, no-obligation consultation to gather information about your back injury to give you the best possible advice. 

Begin your claim with us today by contacting us now.

 

Back Injury Claims FAQs

Back injuries can vary greatly. The most severe injuries will usually attract the most compensation.

The following figures are from taken from the 14th Edition of the Judicial College Guidelines. These are the same figures that judges often use when assessing the value of a personal injury claim.

Back InjuryDescription and Factors ConsideredCompensation
SevereCases at the lower end of this bracket will involve serious damage to the back, such as fractures of vertebrae or discs and ongoing disability such as pain, discomfort, impaired bodily function, and long-term effects upon quality of life.

 

Cases which also involve factors such as a loss of sensation, scarring, or an increased combination of effects will warrant the mid-point of this bracket.

Towards the upper end of the bracket, cases will involve damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots, causing severe pain, partial paralysis, and impaired bodily function. Only the most severe combinations of these factors will lead to the highest figures.

£34,000 to £141,150
ModerateCases in this bracket include those where there is an ongoing residual disability but which is not as severe as described in the bracket above. This includes less severe fractures, prolapsed discs, nerve root irritation, reduced mobility, and significant pain and discomfort.

 

Cases towards the lower end of this bracket may include very severe soft-tissue injuries.

£10,970 to £34,000
MinorThis bracket covers cases with mainly soft-tissue injuries where a full recovery is possible or there is a recovery to ‘nuisance level’ symptoms.Up to £10,970

NB – in very rare and severe cases, which involve complete paralysis, a different set of brackets may be appropriate. For such cases, injuries may warrant an award of up to £354,260.

The descriptions above are only very general. When valuing the compensation which would be reasonable for your injury, many factors will be looked at such as:

  • The pain and discomfort you have experienced.
  • The duration of your symptoms.
  • How your injuries have affected your life.
  • The extent of treatment and/or medication you required (or continue to require).
  • The combination of different symptoms you have experienced.

As you can see, claiming for a personal injury does not just mean claiming compensation for the pain and suffering your injury has caused, it also involves claiming compensation for how the accident has affected your life. This is a claim for ‘loss of amenity’. The personal injury element of a claim is sometimes called ‘pain, suffering and loss of amenity’.

However, other losses, which have arisen from the accident and injury, can be claimed in addition. Frequently claimed categories of loss include:

  • Travel expenses.
  • Medical expenses and treatment costs.
  • Care and assistance.
  • Loss of earnings.

The vast majority of back injury claims (and personal injury claims in general) involve proving you were injured through another party’s negligence. There are several parts to this:

  1. The other party must have owed you a ‘duty of care’. This term may call to mind a doctor/patient situation. This is one example where a duty of care would exist but the idea of a duty of care covers other situations. For example, it can cover employers and employees and the duty of road users to take care in relation to others.
  2. They must have failed in their duty of care. This could be because they took certain actions or failed to take appropriate action – anything which meant they did not meet the standards which the law required of them, such as an employer making you carry a heavy weight in contravention of the Manual Handling Regulations.
  3. Their failure must then have caused your injury.

To succeed in your compensation claim, you must prove each of these points. Sometimes, the other party may accept some of the points themselves. For example, they might admit they were at fault for the accident, or they might accept your injury was caused as a result of it.

Once these points are established, you must then prove the amounts of compensation you are claiming are accurate and reasonable. This means supporting them with evidence.

Because you are making the claim, it is for you to prove all of these things. It is not for the other side to disprove them.

This may make the process sound difficult, but Truth Legal’s expert solicitors will guide and support you throughout your claim, ensuring that we instruct the correct medical experts to comment on your injuries. Our advice and effective handling of your claim will ensure it is made as easy as possible.

Time limits apply to personal injury claims. If too much time has elapsed from your accident, you may be prevented from making a claim.

In most cases, you have 3 years from the date of the accident in which to either settle your claim or begin court proceedings.

This time can quickly run out. If you are thinking of bringing a back injury claim, or you are worried matters have been left for too long, contact us as soon as possible so that we can advise you on where you stand.

There some rules which can change the time limits applicable to your case. Even if you believe you have missed the time limit, it is worth speaking to us to see if anything can be done.

If the accident which caused your back injury was not your fault, Truth Legal can often conduct matters on the basis of a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement. In the vast majority of situations, this means you will not have to pay our fees if we are unsuccessful in recovering compensation for you.

On the other hand, if we are successful, our fees will be paid by a portion of your compensation award and also by the other party (or more commonly their insurers). This is how No Win No Fee Agreements usually operate.

If you have any concerns about funding your claim, we are more than willing to discuss matters with you in more depth. We have also partnered with CrowdJustice, a leading crowdfunding platform specifically designed to help clients get access to funding for their case. Find 0ut more about Crowdfunding for legal cases.

Whiplash and Road Traffic Accidents

Whiplash is not limited to the neck, it can also cause damage to your back as well. The 2021 whiplash claim reforms include soft-tissue back and shoulder injuries within its definition of whiplash. This means that if you sustained a whiplash back or shoulder injury in a road traffic accident, whilst you were inside a vehicle (as either the driver or passenger), your only option to make a claim might be through the Official Injury Claim portal. If so, Truth Legal will be unable to act for you due to the funding restrictions of the process. To find out more about this, please read our guide/FAQ on the whiplash reforms.

If you would like to know more about your back injury claim, or you wish to discuss your case, contact us today. We are more than happy to chat things through with you in a free consultation, with no obligation to proceed further.

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