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Compensation claims for back injuries are most common following car accidents but they also arise as a result of slips and trips, and are also common following a back injury at work, especially in manual roles where employees find themselves lifting items that are too heavy for them.
Because an injury to the back can be so debilitating, especially where a serious back and spinal injury occurs, there is unfortunately often a psychological element to the injury and impact on the lives of those injured. With serious back and spinal injury, suffering from depression is an all too familiar, and unwanted side-effect of the injury.
If you have suffered a back injury through no fault of your own, and no matter how serious, then you deserve compensation.
Severe back injuries can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis. A fair compensation settlement award should reflect the pain and suffering caused but also the impact the injury may have on future life. For example, adaptations may need to be made to the persons home and wheelchairs and stairlifts provided. Home care from specialist nurses may also be required.
Less serious back injuries cans still cause major inconvenience to someone's life whilst they take time to recover.
If you have sustained a back injury due to another person’s actions or negligence, then you are entitled to make a back injury compensation claim.
So, if you, or a family member, or even a close friend have sustained a Back Injury and require expert legal advice on starting your compensation claim, then call and speak to our expert back Injury solicitors, we will provide the best support possible.
Below you will find guidance on Back Injury Compensation Payout values relative to the extent of the injury.
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Significant Spinal Cord and Nerve Damage - Indivdual experiences extreme pain, disability, and incomplete paralysis. Additional side effects include bladder and/or bowel dysfunction
£72,620 - £128,320
Spinal Injury and Nerve Damage - Whilst not as serious as the category above, they will share certain symptoms and complications. Nerve root damage, impaired mobility, loss of sensation, impaired function of the bladder and bowel
£59,120 - £70,490
Severe Pain and lack of mobility due to fractured discs or disc lesions.
£30,910 - £55,590
caused by compression or crushing of the spine. Potentially leading to osteoarthritis.
£22,130 - £30,910
Requiring surgery or spinal fusion, such as ligament and muscle damage, including prolapsed discs or soft tissue injuries.
£9,970 - £22,130
Resulting in a strain, muscle injury or prolapsed disc. Pain lasting 2-5 years where surgery is not required
£6,290 - £9,970
With a good chance of full recovery within a 3 month - 2 year period
£1,950 - £6,290
Could be soft tissuie damage where recovery is less than 3 months
Up to £1,950
We are expert & accredited Personal Injury Lawyers. While some firms settle for ease and speed, we work hard to secure the highest possible compensation payouts. Trust our experts.
Paul Rossiter LLB Law
I qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and worked as a Personal Injury Specialist throughout my legal career, dealing with high value serious injury cases obtaining both compensation and rehabilitation for my clients. I was a member of APIL (Association Of Personal injury Lawyers) and recognised by the Law Society as being a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor.
After working in various law firms, both small high street firms and a larger practice in Manchester, I saw a gap in the market for a high quality practice that had the same core high street values of being personable and approachable and combining them with the efficiency and professionalism of a larger practice. PSR Solicitors was therefore established in 2009 and since then PSR Solicitors has provided high quality legal services to local clients throughout North Wales and Cheshire.
I live in Chester with my young family and 2 dogs and enjoy regular holidays along the coast of North Wales and Ibiza.
I have recently been asked to join the board of trustees at Platform For Life, a mental health counselling charity in Chester. Good mental health is the foundation of a more fulfilled, happy and healthy life, yet many families struggle to access the help and support they need to achieve it. Platform for Life offers free local counselling and play therapy for families who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
Solicitor - Head of Personal Injury
Richard Layfield LLB
I've been a Solicitor at PSR Solicitors since March 2013 and am head of Personal Injury throughout the firm as well as having full responsibility for managing the Rhyl office.
I completed both my Law LLB and LPC degrees at Cardiff University, graduating in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Thereafter, I completed my 2-year training contract at a firm based in Cardiff, then I was retained by this firm as a Criminal Defence Solicitor until I decided to relocate up to North Wales.
As an experienced personal injury and civil litigation Solicitor, I represent Claimants in all manner of personal injury case work including injuries as a result of Road Traffic Accidents, Accidents at Work, and Occupiers Liability Accidents. I handle all types off personal injury claims from the minor right through to complex, serious injury claims.
Outside of work I'm a keen rugby fan, who enjoys running and travel.
USUAL LOCATIONS: Shotton Office, Rhyl Office, Ellesmere Port Office, Wallasey Office
Solicitor - Head of Litigation
Mark House LLB
I completed my law degree and legal practice course at Nottingham Law School, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2004. I then worked at a specialist personal injury firm in the East Midlands and a leading regional firm, before joining PSR in 2017.
With PSR I've continued to specialise in acting for Personal Injury claimants and have developed a keen understanding of the procedures and tactics involved in pursuing a claim, as well as the difficulties and concerns faced by people who have suffered as the result of an accident.
Since 2014 I've been proud to help hundreds of people. I've represented the public in all manner of injury claims, including serious orthopaedic injuries, brain damage, and psychological trauma. I was instructed to deal with claims for clients in the aftermath of the Potters Bar rail crash and the Penhallow hotel fire.
In addition, I represent clients in relation to all manner of disputes. I have dealt with professional negligence claims, such as those against solicitors and builders. I have helped clients recover money which is due to them and to dispute invoices which have been sent to them. I have helped business defend claims against them. I have tackled neighbour and boundary disputes.
I live locally to the Colwyn Bay office, and outside of work, I enjoy taking advantage of the coastal and mountain outdoor activities which are available on the doorstep. I'm also heavily involved with an outdoor pursuits charity, which I find an enjoyable and rewarding way of using my free time.
USUAL LOCATIONS: Shotton Office, Wrexham Office, Colwyn Bay Office, Wallasey Office
Jasmine Simpson LLB (Hons)
I joined PSR Solicitors in May 2022 as part of their first cohort of Trainee Solicitors. After being admitted as a Solicitor in August 2023, I joined the firm's Litigation Department.
I completed my Law degree at The University of Liverpool in 2018, then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, Chester.
Outside of work I enjoy making the most of living in North Wales and often spend my weekends on the Llyn Peninsula. I also enjoy going to the gym, skiing holidays and travelling to warmer destinations.
USUAL LOCATIONS: Rhyl Office, Colwyn Bay Office
The value of your back injury compensation claim will vary with the circumstances, including the degree of negligence shown and the severity of your injuries.
The types of compensation you may be entitled to claim are:
Our team of Back Injury Claim Specialists will consider every aspect of your injury and the financial losses sustained in order to determine the level of compensation you are entitled to claim. This figure is calculated using the criteria detailed above.
Ordinarily, most people consider their physical injuries and financial losses when thinking about the value of their compensation claim but many forget to factor in the psychological impact of the initial incident and the long-term implications of a back injury.
PSR Solicitors are Back Injury Claim Experts and have a long-standing track record of success in settling a varied range of back injury compensation claims.
As previously stated, back injuries vary from person to person but to try and offer a degree of consistency regarding the levels of compensation awarded, a body called the Judicial College compiles guidelines for all types of injuries, and whilst they have no legal basis, they do form a well-respected framework for calculating injury compensation payouts.
See below for back injury compensation claim amounts. The figures above are for general damages only and do not factor in additional losses as a direct result of your injury, which you may also be entitled to claim for.
Speak to the Personal Injury team at PSR to discuss your specific case.
Injuries to the back can be complex, particularly those involving spinal injuries. This is down to the significant debilitating effects such injuries can have on the individual and the long-term implications of the injury.
Back Injury Claims are often associated with road traffic accidents but they can occur as the result of a multitude of other incidents including slips and trips, work-related accidents, sports injuries, or any number of other traumatic accidents. They can also vary significantly in severity from instances where a full recovery is made in a relatively short period of time, to incidents that result in life-changing injuries, such as paralysis, severe pain, and disability. There are often secondary psychological issues with more severe back injuries, with many people suffering from depression.
The most severe back injuries, with the most serious long-term implications tend to occur when the body is subjected to an intense external force, caused by an incident such as a road traffic accident, a sports injury, or a fall from height.
Moderate back injuries tend to include instances where there is deformation, normally in the form of compression or crushing, causing fracturing of the lumbar vertebrae, or displacement - known as spondylolisthesis.
Less serious back injuries, such as sprains, strains, and herniated discs, tend to result from poor body positioning when lifting heavy objects and frequently occur in the workplace.
If you have suffered a back injury as a consequence of the actions or negligence of a 3rd party, then you deserve compensation.
Whilst there are many things that can result in a back injury, the most common causes include:
Back injuries can occur as the consequence of a multitude of different incidents, some more common than others and some with more serious implications than others.
Some of the most common types of back injury are outlined below.
Often caused by strain to muscles, tendons, or ligaments, normally affecting the lower or middle back. An injury of this sort can be painful and can impede the individual’s ability to carry everyday tasks effectively. Because of the nature of this type of injury, it is often difficult to detect on x-rays or scans, but the pain can be severe and long-lasting. A common example of this type of injury is whiplash, normally caused as the result of a road traffic accident.
Often referred to as a ‘slipped disc’, it is more accurately described as a ‘prolapsed’ or ‘herniated' disc. Potentially extremely painful, prolapsed, or herniated discs can often occur as the result of lifting heavy objects, causing the disc to bulge or even rupture. The deformation of the disc causes the internal material to press on a nerve or the spinal cord itself, resulting in extreme pain, loss of sensation, and sometimes weakness in an arm or leg. This is not always the case, with many people experiencing no significant symptoms and the majority of individuals requiring no surgery to correct the injury.
This occurs when a bone in the spine is compressed against another, causing the spinal cord or spinal nerves to be pinched or damaged and sometimes causing debilitating spinal cord damage. They normally occur as the result of a high-impact incident, such as a road traffic accident, sports injury, or a fall from height. This is potentially the most serious type of back injury with the most significant consequences. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may experience pain, difficulty with walking and mobility, or suffer the paralysis of a limb or limbs. Whilst many fractures heal with conservative treatment, more severe fractures may require surgical intervention to realign the affected vertebrae.
The consequences of Spinal Cord Injury can be devastating and potentially life-changing. Depending on the severity and location of the injury, you could suffer from paralysis and lose control of a number of body systems.
A major challenge in assessing the extent of a spinal injury is that a phenomenon called spinal shock occurs immediately after the injury, this stops the central nervous system from sending signals and so it is difficult to qualify which effects are permanent and which are temporary, so it may take 6-8 weeks for the spinal shock to subside.
Spinal Cord Injuries can be categorised into two groups, complete spinal injuries, or incomplete spinal injuries.
An incomplete Spinal Cord Injury is classified as an injury where the spinal cord has only been partially damaged and that the possibility of recovering some motor and sensory function still exists. This type of spinal injury contains four classifications:
A complete spinal cord injury is where the spinal cord is completely severed causing a complete loss of function below the point of injury. There are numerous types of spinal cord injury:
Whilst most individuals affected by back injuries recover with the passing of time, those impacted by severe back injuries may suffer permanent life-changing complications such as paralysis, impotence, or incontinence. Other potential effects of a back injury include but are not limited to:
Whilst the treatment required is completely dependent on the nature and severity of your back injury, the common treatment options and support available include:
If you or someone you know is suffering the effects of a Back Injury sustained in an accident caused by third-party negligence, PSR’s accredited Injury Claim Solicitors can help.
If you have suffered a Back Injury through no fault of your own and you feel there is evidence of 3rd party liability, then you are entitled to claim compensation.
By choosing PSR Solicitors to handle your Back Injury Claim, you can rest assured that you have secured the legal expertise and experience to win your claim and receive the maximum compensation that you deserve. We serve all clients with compassion and determination on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning there will be no legal costs to pay and therefore, no risk to you.
All PSR’s Personal Injury Solicitors in Wales and Accident Lawyers in Cheshire are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Claims, giving you the reassurance they have the expertise and tenacity to secure the maximum levels of compensation for you or your family.
Covering North Wales and Cheshire, with offices in Colwyn Bay, Ellesmere Port, Rhyl, Shotton, Wrexham, Wallasey, and Chester, PSR Solicitors are a leading firm of Personal Injury Solicitors, affording you the peace of mind that we will manage the entire claim to its conclusion and allow you to concentrate on recovery.
Your Personal Injury claim is vitally important, which is why we will contact you within an hour of your initial contact with us during normal working hours, or at the earliest opportunity on the next working day if you contact us after close of business.
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