Back Injury Compensation

Back injuries can be caused by a wide variety of accidents and circumstances, including falls or trips in the workplace, accidents at home or road accident collisions. As back injuries can come in many forms, it can be difficult to determine exactly how much compensation you may be entitled to without first discussing your specific case.

Some guidance as to what your injury could be worth is below:

  • Mild injuries with good recovery - up to approximately £10,000
  • Serious injuries - up to approximately £32,000
  • Paralysis - up to approximately £230,000

If you have suffered a back injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault and wish to make a claim for compensation, contact our expert solicitors today. You can either call us on 0800 10 757 95, speak to us directly by using our live chat function or fill in an enquiry form and we will get in touch at a convenient time for you.

Types of back injury

The back is a complex part of the body, made up of bones, nerves and muscles, and an injury to this area can have a significant effect on your life. Damage can vary from having restricted mobility for a prolonged period of time to permanent disability or pain.

There are four main types of back pain:

  • Facet syndrome, which is caused by sudden, excessive movement
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which affects the joints at the back of the pelvis
  • Slipped discs, which generally occur in the lower lumbar region of the spine
  • Stress fractures, which are often caused by overuse of the lower back

In some cases, the effects of injury are immediate, however most back problems develop over time, sometimes leading to complications such as paralysis, impotence and incontinence.

Accidents that could cause injury

Due to the vulnerability of this part of the body, there are many occasions in which a back injury can occur, including:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Not following advised lifting procedures
  • Working in confined or uncomfortable positions
  • A slip, trip or fall
  • Poor posture
  • Overexertion
  • Repetitive pushing and pulling
  • Prolonged periods of physical activity without rest

Common causes of back injuries

In the workplace

Employees in all sectors, from manufacturing and construction to catering and retail, are susceptible to back injuries because so many roles involve heavy use of the back in many daily tasks and movements.

Your employer is legally obliged to keep you safe while you’re at work. This includes providing suitable training and safety equipment, as well as abiding by health and safety regulations. If your employer fails to comply, and you suffer an injury at work, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

In addition, if you’re asked to carry out a task that you were not hired or are not trained to do - for example, if you’re in an administrative role and are asked to lift and carry heavy objects - and suffer an injury, your employer is responsible and you have the right to make a claim.

There is no need to worry about the politics of making a claim against your employers, though, as insurance is taken out by them to cover the cost of injuries caused by their negligence.

In a road accident

A road accident can result in many different types of injury to the body, but the most vulnerable area is the back. The damage that can be sustained depends on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact, and can cause incredible pain and reduced mobility.

Our team has helped many people - drivers, passengers and pedestrians - who have been involved in road accidents in a car or lorry, as well as on a bicycle, motorcycle or public transport.

In a sporting accident

Back injuries can occur in almost any sport, but those who regularly play contact sports, such as rugby and football, or take part in sports like squash, horse riding, boating, golf and cricket, are more susceptible to injury.

There are a number of risks that leave people vulnerable to sporting back injuries. These include:

  • Inexperience
  • Poor technique
  • Failure to wear protective equipment
  • Overtraining

If you sustain an injury, you should stop participation immediately to prevent any further damage, seek medical assistance and not resume activity until you have completely recovered.

Long-term effects of a back injury

A back injury tends to heal with a combination of rest, painkillers and gentle movement as the pain subsides. However, in some cases, the injury can result in debilitating pain, which can take longer to subside.

Damaged facet joints are the reason why pain persists for longer and usually happens after a whiplash injury causes hyperflexion and hyperextension to the spine, causing inflammation and swelling around the joint.

Diagnosis can usually be made by injections, MRI and X-rays and facet joint treatment can consist of physical therapy, injections and surgery.


Am I entitled to compensation?

You may be entitled to pursue a claim if you have been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, or the place in which you suffered an injury has not followed health and safety procedures.

If the accident occurred at work, your employer has a responsibility to ensure your safety.

What can I claim for?

The first consideration is assistance with medical treatment, so you can gain access to the best care available for your injuries. We will then ensure you are financially stable by taking the following into consideration:

  • The pain and suffering caused
  • Any loss, and potential loss, of earnings
  • Medical treatment, equipment and future care required
  • Changes to your accommodation
  • Suitable transportation

How long will my claim take?

We aim to secure compensation as soon as possible, because we understand the importance of financial support through this difficult time. Our team will provide you with regular updates on your case to make sure you are completely up to date on proceedings.

How much will a claim cost me?

Initial consultations are free of charge, with no obligation, and are used to determine whether you have a case to bring forward.  

If you have a case worth pursuing, we work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, meaning if you pursue a claim that is not successful, you will not have to pay a penny. If you do win your case, the fees are taken from the amount of compensation awarded.

How YouClaim can help

Our team has a great deal of knowledge in this area of personal injury, and will work to create the best possible case to get you the compensation you deserve. Although money can never completely make up for a serious injury, it can help provide the necessary tools for recovery. Our work involves:

  • Gathering evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Consulting with medical professionals
  • Negotiating with responsible parties on your behalf

We will try to keep your case from going to trial by settling outside of court. However, we can provide you with representation if required, as we pride ourselves on supporting clients from start to finish.

Get started today

If you or a loved on has suffered a back injury due to somebody else’s negligence, contact our experienced personal injury solicitors today to find out whether you may be entitled to compensation. You can speak to us by chatting us online, by calling 0800 10 757 95 or by filling in our enquiry form and letting us know a suitable time to get in touch with you.