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Mar
17
2014

Back Injury Month- Accidents at Work

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Suffering from a back injury at work is an all-too common complaint. Be it from sitting at a desk too long, unsuitable chairs, inadequate training, poor manual handling practices or anything else, you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. Your employer has a duty of care to protect employees and if they fail in that duty, you have a right to seek suitable compensation for your back injury at work.

At What’s My Claim Worth we have a wealth of experience in dealing with Personal Injury Compensation claims of all kinds, and our industry experts will be able to take on your back injury at work claim and get you the compensation you deserve. We’ll discuss the circumstances of your case and, if it’s viable, will take things forwards to get you the most beneficial outcome. We’ll take you through the entire process and will offer help and advice at every step of the way, and with our help, you will stand the best possible chance of getting compensation for your back injury at work.

Suffering from back injuries at work can not only be painful but they can seriously damage your income. If you’re unable to work for a long period your livelihood could be affected, and what if you need further treatment? Costs can quickly add up, and that’s why anyone who’s experienced back injuries at work should get in touch with the experts. With our help you could receive suitable back injury at work compensation to make up for some of the physical, emotional and financial suffering you’ve gone through, so drop us a line and we’ll be on-hand to discuss your needs and take your back injury at work claim forwards.

Causes of back injuries at work*:

  • lifting heavy or bulky loads;
  • carrying loads awkwardly, possibly one handed;
  • repetitive tasks, packing of products;
  • long distance driving or driving over rough ground, particularly if the seat is not, or cannot be, properly adjusted;
  • stooping, bending or crouching, including work at PCs (poor posture);
  • pushing, pulling or dragging heavy loads;
  • working beyond normal abilities and limits;
  • working when physically tired;
  • stretching, twisting and reaching;
  • prolonged periods in one position.

*Kindly provided by HSE.gov.uk

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal (mus-kul-o-skel-eet-al) Disorders were found to be the most common of work-related illnesses in 2012. Statistics prove that if you work within the building trades and skilled agriculture trades you are more prone to suffer from a Musculoskeletal Disorder, especially in your back. Activities such as lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling can have a huge affect on your back, with lifting rated the highest cause of injury followed by handling materials and tools.

Despite the obvious places of work, many are unaware that even the simplest task of sitting at your desk and typing could be damaging your back and cause Musculoskeletal Disorders. Low to medium level stress activities such as cradling the phone between your head and shoulder, leaning over your desk or having your monitor at an angle can slowly begin to strain the tissue in your back after a long period of time, these are also known as ‘repetitive strain injuries’.

Below you will find a useful guide that explores the different types of back pain, how to treat it and how to prevent it in the future. It also provides tips and tricks on how to lift objects correctly and how to keep your back strong to prevent any injuries at work.

Back pain guide

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Case Studies

What’s my claim worth have successfully settled the claim for a client who was injured while carrying out heavy lifting at work. Our client had been employed working at a large resort style retail attraction which had shops and family funfair style attractions. He explained to us that he was asked to move a large carpet shelf, a shelf upon which a roll of carpet had been stored. The shelf needed moving as a carpet warehouse within the site was being moved.Although our client had had manual handling training, the shelf he was being asked to move was simply far too large for our client and his colleague to safely move by hand, it should have been lifted by a forklift or some other form of mechanical lifting.

In lifting the shelf our client sustained a soft tissue injury to his back. The gentleman had two days off work and his manually handling back injury persisted for approximately eight weeks. When we were initially instructed it was 18 months after his accident. Additionally he had planned to travel to Australia for a year a few months after he notified us.

Therefore it was important that we arranged for him to be medically examined for the purposes of his claim quickly after we received instructions. Otherwise there would have been difficulties in completing our client’s claim before the expiry of the three year limitation period which applies to most personal injury claims.

We were able to obtain a medical report for before he went to Australia and we were then able to conclude the remainder of his claim. Initially, the former employer, and their insurers denied liability for our client’s accident. However, we were able  to persuade the insurers of the employer that their denial of liability was flawed, they then admitted liability for the accident. Subsequently we were able to successfully negotiate an attractive settlement of our client’s claim.

There are various reasons for manual handling injury claims and these include:

  • Lifting heavy stock claims
  • Lifting heavy parcels claims
  • Lifting equipment which is too big

Many are associated with back injuries from lifting.


There is Hope…

Many workers in the UK have experienced, or are suffering from painful back injuries caused by work. We want to help you find the right direction to physical help, and so this week we’d like to introduce you to the…

British Osteopathic Association

“Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. Back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance, Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance. We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as ‘cranial osteopathy’) and joint mobilization and this breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs.

To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal

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medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.”

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