How Much Compensation For A Back Injury

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A back injury can put you out of action. It can make life painful and difficult. If you’re finding it hard to cope with a back injury, you have enough to worry about. If you have injured your back in an accident that wasn’t your fault you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.

The solicitors at First Personal Injury have dealt with back injury claims for 25 years and are ready to help you. Call our team on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch online to start your claim for back injury compensation.  

Potential accidents

There are a range of different accidents that might result in a back injury. The severity of back injuries can also vary substantially. Most compensation claims for back injury occur as a result of one of the following types of accident:

Back Injuries Following Road Traffic Accidents

One of the most common injuries after a road traffic accident (RTA) is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the neck or cervical spine is injured by the head being thrown forwards and backwards due to the impact involved in a crash.

As well as causing injury to the neck, whiplash can result in back pain.

Whiplash is not the only back injury you may suffer following an RTA, however. Injuries to your lower and mid back are also quite common in car accidents. These injuries can be sustained even when seatbelts are correctly worn by both driver and passenger.

Back Injuries at Work

Serious back injuries can often be suffered by those who are required to perform heavy lifting at work. Under the Manual Handling Regulations and various UK Health and Safety Laws, you may be able to make a claim against your employer if, for example, you have not had sufficient training on how to lift heavy objects, and, as a result, you sustain a back injury at work.

Back Injuries from Clinical or Medical Negligence

Operations on the spine are extremely complicated. If these are not performed correctly, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim from the NHS Trust or private hospital responsible for your back injury.

Other Types of Personal Injury Claim

Other types of personal injury claim that could result in a back injury include:

  • slip and trip accidents
  • sporting accidents
  • criminal injury compensation claims (assaults)
  • industrial disease claims
  • animal accidents
  • accidents abroad

Types of back injury

Slipped Discs

While the term ‘slipped disc’ is in common use, the medical term for this type of injury is more accurately a ‘prolapsed disc’ or ‘herniated disc’. A herniated disc occurs when the disc bulges or ruptures and the internal material presses on a nerve or the spinal cord. This can cause extreme pain, numbness and weakness in an arm or leg. On the other hand, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disk. The majority of people who suffer a herniated disk do not need surgery to correct the problem.

Fractured vertebrae

A fracture or dislocation of a vertebra can often cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Spinal fractures are usually the result of workplace accidents, sports injuries or road traffic accidents. Fractures and dislocations of the bony vertebrae can result in debilitating spinal cord damage. Depending on how severe an injury is, you may experience pain, difficulty walking, or be unable to move your limbs. Many fractures heal with treatment but severe fractures may require surgery to realign the displaced bones.

Back injury treatment

Treatments for back pain vary depending on how long you have suffered from the pain, how severe it is, and your individual needs and preferences.

Treatment for short-term back pain

Initially, back pain is usually treated with over-the-counter painkillers and home treatments. Most people will experience a significant improvement in their symptoms within six weeks.

Treatment for long-term back pain

If you have had back pain for more than six weeks (known as chronic back pain), your GP will advise which painkillers to take and may recommend:

  • Exercise classes – group classes supervised by a qualified instructor, where you are taught exercises to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture, as well as aerobic and stretching exercises.
  • Manual therapy – therapies including manipulation, mobilisation and massage, usually carried out by chiropractors, osteopaths or physiotherapists (although chiropractic and osteopathy aren’t widely available on the NHS).
  • Acupuncture – a treatment where fine needles are inserted at different points on the body. It’s been shown to help reduce lower back pain, although it’s not always available on the NHS.

These treatments are often effective for people whose back pain is seriously affecting their everyday life and who feel distressed and need help coping.

Making a Claim

If you have suffered a back injury following an accident you should immediately contact personal injury solicitors with experience, knowledge and success in this area.

You will need to start your compensation claim within 3 years of you having your accident. Because of this deadline, we recommend that you speak to a specialist back injury solicitor as soon as possible. They will be able to give you a better indication of how much compensation you might receive in relation to your specific circumstances.

Back Injury Compensation Amounts

The following is just a guide to the potential levels of compensation for pain and suffering following a back injury:

Type of back injury

Potential compensation

Severe spinal cord and nerve root damage where a patient has experienced extreme pain, disability and some degree of incomplete paralysis. Other side effects may include dysfunction of the bowel or bladder £72,620 – £128,320
Cases which are not considered as serious as the above, yet have certain features which make them not applicable to lower brackets. Where there has been nerve root damage, loss of sensation, lack of mobility and reduced function of the bowel and bladder. £59,120 – £70,490
Disc lesions or fractured discs leading to severe pain and lack of mobility. In some cases, this might also lead to psychological damage and personality changes. £30,910 – £55,590
Moderate back injury resulting from compression or crushing injuries with the possibility of osteoarthritis. £22,130 – £30,910
A moderate back injury such as ligament and muscle damage, including prolapsed discs or soft tissue injuries that require surgery or spinal fusion. £9,970 – £22,130
Minor back injuries involving a strain, muscle injury or prolapsed disc with pain lasting between two and five years, that do not require surgery. £6,290 – £9,970
Back injuries where there is a probability of a full recovery without the need for surgery within two years of sustaining the injury. £1,950 – £6,290
Minor back injuries with a short recovery period £1,950

Compensation amounts for a back injury vary widely. This is because the injury can have different implications in terms of future ability to work, walk or carry out day-to-day activities.

Claiming for other losses

However, the figures below give an indication of typical back injury compensation settlements awarded for injury only. Once it has been established that you have a valid claim, your solicitor will be able to determine its value. They will do this by calculating the value of any associated financial losses (e.g. loss of earnings, medical expenses or travel costs) that you will be also able to recover.

How Do I Start My Back Injury Compensation Case?

When a back injury slows you down, we can help get your claim moving in the fastest possible time. Why not contact our injury claim experts and start your back injury claim now?

We will guide you through the initial stages of making your claim right through to receiving the compensation you deserve. Call us on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation.

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