A claim for back injury compensation is one of the most common types of personal injury claim.
Accidents and injuries at work account for a high number of back injury compensation claims. According to HSE statistics, 194,000 workers suffered a work-related back injury in 2016/2017. Workplace back injuries are often caused as a result of lifting heavy weights at work. You can read more about manual handling lifting injuries here.
Back injury compensation claims also are common following road accidents, when they are usually associated with a ‘whiplash’ type injury.
Guidelines for Back Injury Compensation Awards
Compensation for the pain and suffering caused by a back injury will depend upon how severe the back injury is, and the level of disability or lasting symptoms.
The level of compensation awarded for a back injury will depend upon the severity of the injury and the impact that the injury has on the injured person, including the impact upon their day to day activities and ability to work.
Each case would be assessed on an individual basis. There are guidelines which can be useful in making an assessment of how much compensation should be awarded for a back injury.
The following guidelines relate to compensation for pain and suffering caused by a back injury. Financial losses, such as loss of earnings, care, medical treatment, etc would be claimed in addition to the injury compensation.
Severe Back Injuries £34,000 – £141,000
Moderately Severe Back Injuries £10,970 – £34,000
Minor Back Injuries £2,150 – £10,970
Back injuries which recover in under 3 months up to £2,150
How much compensation is awarded for a back injury?
Back injury compensation payments vary. In some cases involving a very minor injury which resolves within a very short time, compensation would be less than £1000.
More severe injuries can lead to very significant awards. Injuries which cause a lasting disability can attract large compensation payments for pain and suffering, as well as ongoing financial costs relating to such things as medical treatment, care and loss of earnings.
The majority of back injuries are ‘soft-tissue’ injuries. This means that there is no fracture to the spine but the muscles, ligaments and discs – i.e. the soft tissue parts of the back – are affected. Some soft tissue injuries can lead to permanent symptoms and disability.
How to claim back injury compensation
If you have suffered a back injury at work or as a result of a car accident or any other type of accident, we can help you claim compensation. We are happy to discuss your claim free of charge and explain what you need to know before making a claim. We are happy to accept cases on a no win – no fee basis do there is no need to worry abut the costs of making a claim. You can us on freephone 0800 731 5434 or contact us online.
You can also use our Personal Injury Claim Checker to see if you could make a claim.