Back injuries are one of the most common types of injuries at work and claiming for compensation follows much the same procedures as any other work injury claim.
Types of Back Injuries
Back injuries can vary wildly in severity and nature, and the amount of compensation will vary, based on the nature of the back injury. From pain, strain, vertebra fracture, slipped disks, herniated disks to paralysis, each type of back injury vary in severity and recovery time. In the case of paralysis, it’s important to confirm with a medical professional whether its temporary or permanent.
If you’ve Suffered a Back Injury:
In the event of an incident that leaves with you a back injury, you should approach an accident claim company to learn if you can claim compensation and how. The claims process can be a long and complicated one, so the following steps are a rough guide to help you through your next steps:
On the Spot
If you are injured in a public place, try to note down relevant information like the contact details of a witness, the registration number of the vehicle(s) involved, and the location of the accident. But if you were injured at work, then you must report it to your manager before moving on to:
Once you notify your manager of your injury, make sure you collect enough proof to support your claim. The more proof you provide, the more you can strengthen your claim. To support your case, you should try to collect includes photos of the place where the injury occurred, any witnesses who saw the incident, CCTV footage, or medical records which can be acquired later.
Contact a Professional Solicitor
Once you have gathered all the relevant evidence for your case, you can call a professional solicitor firm who will help you through the accident claims management process. Many solicitors will take on your personal injury claim on a no-win, no-fee basis, meaning you only pay if your claim is successful.
Determine your Injury
To check if you are suffering a serious back injury, you should consult a medical expert as soon as possible. They can provide an exact diagnosis of your injury and estimate the time it will take to heal which will help you calculate your compensation.
Coverage of your Back-Injury Claim
Normally a back-injury claim covers general damages, including your pain and suffering, property damage (if any), salary loss, travel expenses related to the treatment, and medical expenses.
Calculating a Back-Injury Compensation
A professional solicitor will calculate your compensation based on many factors like property damage, recovery time, loss of earnings and medical bills. This is part of the accident claims process and they will advise you throughout the process.