Back Strain Injury Claims
From the age of 3 years old, our spines begin to degenerate. By the time we reach our 40’s most people have had some form of back pain just because of wear and tear. However, if your job involves some form of physical activity it is highly likely that at some point in your working life you will suffer from a back injury caused by work.
Back strain is the most common type of work place injury.
Back Strain Injuries At Work
Back strain at work can be caused by a one off event such as lifting a heavy object causing injury or in many cases, serious back injuries are caused by a repetition of movements such as working on an assembly line or repeated incorrect lifting or because your work area is not properly set up for you. For example, if you work at a desk your chair, desk and computer monitor should be set up so that you can work comfortably without straining your back. These types of injury are often referred to as RSI or repetitive strain injury .
Employers have a duty to try and reduce the risk of injury where manual handling (i.e. lifting, pushing or supporting a load) is required .
Your Employer should avoid the need for you to have to carry out manual handling such as by using mechanical equipment where possible or changing the task to avoid lifting and repetition. They should make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any manual handling that cannot be avoided and reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable and look at ways of changing the task, the load and working environment. This can include simple things like making sure the floor is not cluttered up and that lifting does not have to be carried out from very low or to high heights such as by ensuring stock is unloaded or stocked at waist height.
Employers must also ensure that employees are given information about the weight of items they are expected to carry and ensure suitable training is given regarding safe ways to lift. Simply asking you to watch a video which is unrelated to the type of lifting you are carrying out and with no follow up training is unlikely to be sufficient training to the extent that this will be a successful defence to back strain injury claims.
If you believe you have suffered a back strain as a result of your work please contact our experienced team who have experience of dealing with back strain injuries for vehicle and other assembly line workers, office workers, postal and courier workers as well as drivers, cleaners, maintenance workers and office based workers. We will be happy to discuss your claim with you on a “no strings” basis.
Please note that the way personal injury claims are funded will change from 01/04/2013.From this date success fees and after the event insurance premiums are no longer recoverable from the Defendant if the claim is successful and are payable by the Claimant from their damages.If you have been injured in an accident and wish to make a claim and do not want to have to pay up to 25% of your damages in success fees please contact us immediately.
Please be aware because of the bank holiday we will not be able to obtain insurance or take claims under the old regime (i.e. where no deductions are made from your damages) after 12pm on 28/03/2013