back injury claims
If you have suffered from a back injury in an accident, whether you have fallen from height at work or been injured in a serious car accident, we know how difficult it can be to cope on your own. The injury itself will be causing you pain and suffering but it will also place severe limitations on your lifestyle. In addition you are likely to be suffering from a loss of income which can add further strain to your situation.
Our specialist back injury solicitors can help you with everything, from claiming for your injury and your losses, such as loss of earnings and travel expenses, to arranging private medical treatment and rehabilitation to assist in your recovery and get your life back on track. There may be a requirement for wheelchairs, home and vehicle adaptations and full time care. Pursuing compensation for your back injury is not something you have to do on your own, you need specialist advice. Trust us to help you.
About Back Injury Claims
Serious back injuries are quite common, often however such injuries are not permanent and with treatment people can get their lives back on track and return to a pre-accident level.
The impact of a back injury however should never be underestimated. Care and assistance may be required for a time whilst rehabilitation is ongoing and there may be a long break in employment which can have long term consequences. Back injuries can also affect your day-to-day life, preventing you from taking part in activities you normally enjoy. It is important therefore that you are able to access the best medical and financial support available to help you recover as quickly as possible.
The process of claiming compensation for what has happened may seem complicated and overwhelming. You may not even be sure whether you are eligible to make a claim, which is why our team of personal injury specialists are on hand to help you. We will provide you with all the advice and support you need and will help you to access any medical treatment and financial recompense to which you are entitled.
Your compensation award is designed to:
- Protect you against any loss of earnings resulting from your back injury.
- Enable you to access the best medical treatments.
- Cover the costs of any specialist equipment you require.
- Pay for any out of pocket expenses you may incur, including travel to and from medical appointments.
Serious Back Injuries
Back injuries are the most common cause of back pain and can occur anywhere between the neck and the base of the spine. They can vary from simple strains causing mild discomfort to more extensive ligament damage, causing persistent or chronic pain. Accidents that frequently cause back injuries include:
- Heavy lifting
- Manual work
- Car accidents
- An impact to the back from an object falling from a height.
We also work with clients who have sustained a back injury through physical assault such as a blow or impact directly to the back or head, or as the result of a serious penetrating injury such as a stab wound. In such circumstances, we will also rigorously pursue criminal charges.
Some of the most common back injuries we see include:
This is also known as a prolapsed or herniated disc and occurs when the soft cushion of tissue between the bones in the spine moves or ‘slips’ out of place. It can be extremely painful if it presses on the nerves and can cause pain in the neck, lower back, hips or legs. Other symptoms can include numbness or tingling in the shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs or feet, stiffness in the lower back causing trouble bending or straightening and muscle weakness.
Ligaments are the bands of tissue that connect bones and joints. In the back, they protect the vertebrae and keep them in position. When a ligament in the back is stretched or torn, it can be extremely painful and debilitating. It typically takes anywhere between six weeks to 12 months to recover from a ligament injury.
If the muscles surrounding the spine are over-stretched, as the result of an accident or other injury such as lifting a heavy object, they can tear. This results in swelling and painful muscle spasms often resulting in temporary, limited movement and discomfort.
Of course, some of the most serious injuries to the back could involve spinal cord injury, which unfortunately may include serious life-changing consequences for the injured person
Can I make a Compensation Claim for a Serious Back Injury?
If you have suffered from a back injury that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Whether your symptoms have only lasted a few weeks, or whether your injury is more long-lasting, our specialist legal team is able to help you with the legal process.
What happens if my Back Injury is sustained at work?
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are in place to ensure that you are safe and protected against injury and any risk to your health whilst at work or on business premises. Manual Handling is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as: “any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force.
If your employer falls short of their responsibilities to you and you sustain an injury whilst carrying out your job then you may be able to make a claim against them.
At PSR, we have a great deal of experience representing clients who have sustained back injuries in the workplace often as the result of:
- Insufficient training for lifting or handling heavy objects correctly.
- Inadequate work station provision, including unsatisfactory seating, poor desk layout and incorrect desk height.
We can help you to establish any negligence or fault on the part of your employer and will advise and support you at all stages.
We often find that clients are concerned about losing their jobs as the result of making a personal injury claim against their employer but the law is there to protect you. It is illegal for any employer to make a member of staff redundant as the result of such a claim and we will advise you fully on this matter to minimise your worry and put your mind at ease.
How do I make a claim for a Serious Back Injury?
If you would like to pursue a compensation claim for a serious back injury that has occurred through the fault or negligence of somebody else then contact us with the details of what has happened. After an initial chat, we will be able to advise you on whether your claim is likely to be successful, how much compensation you can expect to receive and the next steps to take.
We will need information including where and how the injury took place, who else was involved and whether you have any witnesses. It is also important for us to understand how your injury affects your daily life, in order that we can maximum damages.
How PSR help with your Back Injury Claim
With a reputation for achieving the very best results, PSR Solicitors is recognised as the leading law firm across Cheshire and North Wales when it comes to personal injury claims.
We are dedicated to achieving the very best results for all our clients and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the full financial recompense you deserve as well as the best in medical care and rehabilitation. We can also arrange financial support until your claim is settled, advise on personal injury trusts to ensure the money your receive is protected and help you to navigate the benefits system if you are unable to continue working as a result of your injury.
We will also be extremely proactive in ascertaining who is at fault with regard to your injury and will take appropriate action.
PSR Solicitors is accredited by the Law Society for personal injury services and has also achieved the Lexcel Practice Management Standard for providing excellent legal services.
Our experienced solicitors can help you with a wide range of back injury compensation claims.
So if you have suffered a back injury in an accident and you want free advice on claiming compensation from a fully qualified personal injury solicitor, then please get in touch with our Injury Lawyers in Chesire or our Serious Injury Claims Lawyers in Wales. Using one of our specialist solicitors ensures that you have a better chance of winning your claim and receiving all of the compensation and help that you are entitled to all on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won't have any legal costs to pay if your claim is unsuccessful so No Win No Fee = No Risk To You.
Some legal firms don’t use qualified solicitors to deal with back injury accident claims anymore, at PSR Solicitors however we believe that your case deserves special attention from a dedicated solicitor.
Contact the Injury Solicitors at PSR
We have offices throughout North Wales and Cheshire and you can contact us safe in the knowledge that one of our expert solicitors will take care of everything for you on a No Win No Fee basis allowing you to carry on with your life whilst we proceed with your legal case.
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