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This guide explains how to make a back injury at work claim. It will discuss the eligibility requirements that need to be met for you to have valid grounds to make a personal injury claim, and the evidence you could gather to prove your case.

Additionally, as we move through this guide, we will outline the responsibilities of an employer with regards to an employee’s safety at work. You can also find examples of how a back injury could be sustained at work. We will also guide you through the different types of compensation that could be awarded to you for your injuries if your case succeeds.

Our solicitors are experienced in helping claimants with their workplace accident claims. You can read more about how they can offer their services under No Win No Fee terms if you have a valid case.

For free advice and a case assessment about your potential claim for an accident at work, get in touch with our dedicated team of advisors. To do so, you can:

What Is A Back Injury At Work?

It may sound like a simple question with a simple answer, however, there are aspects of the answer you may not have considered.

In short, it’s an injury you suffer to your back while carrying out your work duties. This could be a pulled or torn muscle, a slipped disc, a strain or sprain, or in serious cases, damage to your spinal cord.

In some cases, you may have hurt your back outside of work. If your employer asks you to do something they shouldn’t, you could make your existing back injury worse, or you could accelerate a problem that was developing.

a man in pain and standing at his desk after suffering a back injury at work

Can I Make A Back Injury At Work Claim?

Your back injury at work claim, as with any personal injury claim, must meet the following eligibility criteria:

These criteria combine to form the definition of negligence.

What Does “Duty Of Care” Mean?

“Duty of care” simply means that your employer has a legal responsibility to look after your health and wellbeing while you’re at work.

An employer’s duty of care comes from Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It states they must take reasonable and practicable steps to keep employees safe at work.

A failure to do so is a breach of duty and could give you grounds to make a personal injury claim if you are hurt in an accident as a result.

Is There A Time Limit To Make A Back Injury Claim?

The final criterion is ensuring you start your claim for a personal injury within the time limit set out by The Limitation Act 1980. This is generally three years from the accident date, but certain exceptions can alter the time frame.

Our advisors can tell you more about how long you have to claim, as well as answer any questions you have about showing your claim has valid grounds.

How Could Someone Sustain A Back Injury At Work?

There are many different ways an employee could suffer back injury in an accident at work. For example:

If employer negligence led to you being harmed in an accident at work, speak to our advisors today to find out whether you’re eligible to begin a back injury at work claim.

How Much Compensation Could You Receive For A Back Injury At Work?

You could receive a settlement featuring general damages compensation if your back injury at work claim is successful. General damages is a head of claim accounting for the physical and mental suffering caused by injuries.

Legal professionals can assign a value to your injuries with help from medical evidence and the figures shown in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG lists guideline award brackets for different injuries, a selection of which you can find in the table below. The figures below come from the 17th edition of the Guidelines, published in 2024.

Please note that this table should only be used as a guide. The figures are based on previous cases settled in court. However, the payout will be based on the specific facts of each case.

Injury TypeSeverityCompensation
Back InjurySevere (i) £111,150 to £196,450
Severe (ii) £90,510 to £107,910
Severe (iii) £47,320 to £85,100
Moderate (i) £33,880 to £47,320
Moderate (ii) £15,260 to £33,880
Minor (i) £9,630 to £15,260
Minor (ii) £5,310 to £9,630
Minor (iii)£2,990 to £5,310
Minor (iv)Up to £2,990

Can I Claim For Financial Losses In A Back Injury At Work Claim?

Special damages is the second possible head of claim and can be included in a settlement that features general damages. It compensates the claimant for either past or future financial losses caused by the injuries. This could include:

It’s important to gather evidence of these losses. You could do so in the form of receipts, payslips and invoices.

Our advisors can share more information on how compensation for a workplace accident claim is calculated if you get in touch on the number above.

What Evidence Could Help Me Make A Back Injury At Work Claim?

Evidence adds credibility to a claim and contributes to proving employer negligence. The sort of proof you should secure for your back injury at work claim can include:

Our solicitors can help you collect evidence and build your case as part of the services they provide. You can get more information about the benefits of working with our solicitors by speaking to an advisor.

Claim Back Injury At Work Compensation On A No Win No Fee Basis

You can find out if you have a valid claim by sharing details of your experience with one of our advisors. If you do, you could be connected to one of our solicitors who may offer their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement, a type of No Win No Fee arrangement. This means that you could benefit from their services without paying:

Following a winning claim, your solicitor would take a percentage of the compensation awarded to you as their success fee. The percentage collected is small, agreed with you in advance and also legally capped by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.

We have a team of advisors ready to talk to you about workplace accident claims and your potential case. Remember, this service is free, and there is no obligation to start a claim with us at any stage. So, for anything from an answer to your query to detailed guidance on pursuing a compensation claim, you can reach us by:

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Thank you for reading our guide on making a back injury at work claim. If you have any other questions, please contact an advisor on the number above.