By Joanne Jeffries. Updated 1st April 2022. Welcome to this guide on how to prove a back injury at work. One common question we hear from claimants is ‘I slipped at work and hurt my back, or I fell at work and hurt my back – can I claim?’ In this guide, we show you whether it could be possible for you to make a compensation for a slip at work that has injured you. We also offer insight into how much compensation you could receive and how we could help you make a personal injury claim for a broken back, or other back injuries.
I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back – Where Can I Get Help?
Every claim has its own unique aspects, and this makes covering every possible question you might have in a single guide, impossible. If you do have one or more questions that this guide has not answered, please speak to our claims team on 0800 073 8801. One of our expert claim advisors will answer your questions for you, and provide any other help you might need.
Select A Section:
- A Guide To Making A Claim If You Slipped At Work And Hurt Your Back
- What Is A Workplace Back Injury Caused By A Slip?
- Workplace Health And Safety Guidelines To Prevent Slips And Falls
- Causes Of Workplace Slip Accidents
- Statistics For Workplace Slip And Fall Accidents And Injuries
- Types Of Back Injury Which May Be Caused By Slipping At Work
- Common Symptoms Of A Back Injury
- Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back Compensation Calculator
- Special Damages You Could Claim For Workplace Injuries
- No Win No Fee Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back Claims
- Why Choose Accident Claims UK For Your Claim?
- Start Your Slipped At Work Back Injury Claim
- Essential References For Workplace Injury Claims
A Guide To Making A Claim If You Slipped At Work And Hurt Your Back
This online guide is going to tackle the question, I fell at work and hurt my back can I make a compensation claim? We are going to go over the circumstances that can lead to accident at work claims, and also explain much of the personal injury claims process.
We start this guide off by giving a brief introduction to what work-related back injuries are, and also what it takes for an injured party to be eligible to make a claim for one.
I Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back – Is It My Employer’s Fault?
The next part of this guide contains a number of sections that relate to back injuries in the workplace. We briefly go over health and safety at work to prevent slips, trips and falls on dry or wet floors and take a look at some of the ways that these kinds of accidents could be caused in a work environment. We follow this up with some key statistics related to accidents at work. The last two sections of this part of the guide go over some common kinds of back injuries that could be caused by a slip, trip or fall accident, and also the kinds of symptoms they might manifest.
The last part of this page is given over to a discussion of some of the financial aspects of making a compensation claim if you’ve suffered an injury. We have provided you with a table, that could help you to get a rough estimate of the level of compensation you could be able to claim for. We have also provided you with a list of some of the frequently claimed damages you might receive. Lastly, we outline the basics of what a No Win, No Fee claim is, and how such a service could provide you with the legal help you need to make a claim.
If you have additional questions about your claim or need some clarification on some of the information provided in this guide, then please call our claims team on the number at the end of the page. One of our claim advisors will be able to help you further.
What Is A Workplace Back Injury Caused By A Slip?
If you have slipped and fell at work, and this resulted in you suffering a back injury, there are certain circumstances when you could be able to claim compensation from your employer. There are three key facts that need to hold true in relation to your own situation, and these are:
- You must be able to show that your employer was at least partially to blame for the harm you have suffered. This could be either directly or indirectly.
- You must have suffered some measurable level of physical or psychological harm. Simply being involved in an accident is not a valid cause to claim, you must have suffered harm as a result of the accident.
- You must be able to show that the injuries you suffered would not have manifested without your accident causing them. For example, if you have a history of back problems, could your symptoms simply be a further problem that is unrelated to the accident?
These three key points are pivotal to the claims process. If all three of these cannot be proven, then it is unlikely that you would have any kind of valid claim. Please note, that throughout this guide where we state that you could be able to make a claim, it would be contingent on these three facts being true.
If you are unsure whether you have a valid claim or not, then please speak to one of our claim advisors. They will evaluate your claim for you, and let you know whether you have a proper basis for a claim.
Workplace Health And Safety Guidelines To Prevent Slips And Falls
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for maintaining, regulating and enforcing workplace legislation related to workplace safety in the UK. As part of its duties, the HSE produces lots of resources for employers, giving them guidelines on best practices to mitigate the hazards of a slip, trip or fall at work. These guidelines cover things such as:
- How to train staff to lift and carry objects safely.
- The kinds of PPE and anti-slip footwear that employees should be provided with.
- Instructions on how to iteratively evaluate slip, trip and fall hazards in the workplace, and take steps to resolve them.
If your employer fails to comply with all of the health and safety regulations that apply, and you can prove that this lead to the accident that caused your back injury, then you could have a valid back injury at work claim in the UK. To make sure you do have a valid claim, please speak to one of our claim advisors to have your claim evaluated.
Causes Of Workplace Slip Accidents
In this section, we will look at some of the common kinds of hazards in the workplace, that could lead to a slip, trip or fall accident. There are many causes, as these are common accidents that can happen almost anywhere. However, some of the most usual hazards of a slip, trip or fall are:
- Poor lighting in a stairwell, or a faulty safety rail, resulting in a slip down the stairs at work.
- An employee who has slipped at work because of food or drink that had been spilt on the floor of the company canteen, or some other foodservice premises.
- Damaged flooring, such as a cracked tile, warped floorboard, or frayed carpet could cause an employee to suffer a trip injury at work.
- An electrical cable that was left running across the floor could cause an employee to trip over.
How to prove a back injury at work – the accident book
These are all examples of the kinds of hazards at work, that could lead to an employee injuring their back due to a slip, trip or fall. Such accidents should be recorded in the accident book. If you call our claims team and explain how your accident happened, they will let you know whether you have a potential claim or not.
Statistics For Workplace Slip And Fall Accidents And Injuries
The HSE release key statistics related to accidents at work. They show how many people were injured in different industries, and what the causes of accidents were. If we take a look at their statistics relating to 2020- 21, we can see that:
- 441,000 suffered a non-fatal injury in the workplace, which they reported themselves.
- 102,000 of these injuries resulted in the victim taking more than 7 days absence from work.
- 339,000 of these injuries resulted in the victim taking fewer than 7 days absence from work.
- When we look at the causes of injuries reported, the most common were slip, trip and fall on one level incidents, that made up a total of 33% of all workplace injuries reported.
- 51,211 suffered a non-fatal injury while at work, which was reported by their employer.
The graph below gives insight into the other causes of workplace injuries.
So, we can see that slip, trips and fall injuries are very common in the workplace. Our solicitors are experienced in helping the victims of such accidents get the compensation they are eligible for. Give our team a call today to get your claim started.
Types Of Back Injury Which May Be Caused By Slipping At Work
In the section above, we looked at some of the causes of workplace slips, trips and falls that could result in a back injury. Soon, we will look at how to prove a back injury at work. In this section, however, we take a look at some of the possible injuries, for example:
- Soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains, or damage to the ligaments and tendons of the back.
- Damage to the discs of the back, such as a herniated disc.
- Fractures of the spine.
- A fractured or bruised tailbone (coccyx).
- Lacerations, cuts, burns, and other types of tissue damage.
Regardless of the actual injury, you have suffered, if you can prove your employer was the cause, then you could claim compensation for a back injury at work. Speak to our team to learn how we can help you with this.
Common Symptoms Of A Back Injury
In this section, before we show you how to prove a back injury at work, we are going to address the question, if I fell at work and hurt my back what would be indicative symptoms of such an injury? Back injuries, even minor ones, can cause disability until they have healed completely. If you are involved in an accident at work, certain symptoms would indicate that you may have hurt your back, such as:
- The back is sore to touch.
- Pain that becomes worse when you try to move or perform an action such as laughing, sneezing or coughing.
- General stiffness of the back and difficulty moving.
- Difficulty to straighten the back and stand up straight without pain.
- The muscles of the back going into spasm.
- Bruising and swelling of the tissue of the back.
- Pain that extends down either one or both of your legs.
How to prove a back injury at work – get medical attention first
All of these symptoms may hint at the fact that you have suffered some kind of back injury, and you should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you have manifested any of these symptoms. If you have been injured, and you can show that the injury was the fault of your employer, then we could be able to help you make a claim. Call our claims team to learn more.
Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back Compensation Calculator
It is very hard to come up with an average for a back injury at work claim amount. Each claim has its own unique aspects which affect the level of compensation. However, each year the Judicial College Guidelines used by courts are published, and these are used to value claims. Based on these guidelines, this table below can give you a rough idea of the amount of compensation you could be able to claim, based on the severity of your back injury.
|Type of back injury||Amount||Comment on Severity|
|Severe (a)(i)||£85,470 to £151,070||This bracket includes injury to the spinal cord and nerves, affection lower body functions and result in complete or incomplete paralysis.|
|Severe (a)(ii)||£69,600 to £82,980||This bracket is for injuries that effect bowel, bladder and sexual function as a result of nerve root damage.|
|Severe (a)(iii)||£36,390 to £65,440||This bracket includes injuries that result in lesions or fractured discs, causing chronic issues like pain, discomfort, loss of mobility and lower body function.|
|Moderate (b)(i)||£26,050 to £36,390||This bracket includes cases where there have been fractures, with increased risk of osteoarthritis, spinal fusion and impaired mobility.|
|Moderate (b)(ii)||£11,730 to £26,050||This bracket more widely encompasses injuries involving damage to discs, and other soft tissues, or injuries that have exacerbated pre-existing conditions.|
|Minor (c)(i)||£7,410 to £11,730||This bracket is for injuries where the person has recovered within two to five years without surgery.|
|Minor (c)(ii)||£2,300 to £7,410||This bracket is for injuries where the person has recovered within three months to two years without surgery.|
|Minor (c)(iii)||Up to £2,300||This bracket is for injuries where the person has recovered within three months.|
|Psychological injury - General - Less severe||£1,440 to £5,500||The level and severity of disability would be assessed in these cases.|
I fell at work and hurt my back – how to prove a back injury at work
In order to claim back injury compensation, you would need to submit medical evidence. This could be collected at an independent medical assessment, which we could arrange for you. Based on the results of the independent expert’s examination, your solicitor could measure this against a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines. This could give them an idea of how much compensation could be appropriate for your claim.
Special Damages You Could Claim For Workplace Injuries
If your personal injury solicitor is successful in pursuing your accident at work compensation claim for your back injury, then you will receive an overall settlement that will be made up of a number of different damages. Damages that you receive, will be based on the circumstances of your claim, and could include, but are not limited to those we discuss below.
General damages are paid to the claimant to compensate them for the physical harm (and psychological) because of the accident. The level of compensation would depend on factors such as how long the injury took to heal (if ever), ongoing or permanent impairment, whether traumatic treatment required, etc.
General damages could include:
- Permanent or long-term impairment or disability that affects the claimant’s lifestyle and ability to work, etc.
- Psychological conditions that were caused by the accident, receiving traumatic treatment, or due to suffering a long-term injury. This could include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
- Traumatic or invasive treatment – additional pain and suffering during the period of recovery.
- General pain and suffering that was caused by the accident itself, while receiving emergency treatment, etc.
- Stress and trauma related to being involved in a traumatic accident, suffering a long-lasting injury, etc.
I fell at work and hurt my back – what other damages could I get?
Special damages are paid to the claimant to cover any financial losses. When claiming for financial loss, document evidence needs to be submitted to support your claim. Such as bills and receipts for the costs you incurred. A claimant could claim for;
- Lowered future earning potential, if the claimant has to change their job or career, or possibly stop working altogether because of their injuries.
- Loss of earnings in the short-term, due to taking time off work and not being paid for it.
- The cost of private medical treatment, if you had to pay for healthcare as part of your treatment, that the NHS could not provide.
- The cost of hiring a nurse to care for you at home, or a cleaner to help maintain your home.
- Other out of pocket expenses, such as travel costs, the cost of sending legal documents by courier, etc.
These are all damages that a claimant could receive, but there are many others. If you feel you would like to know the kinds of damages you could possibly claim for based on your own claim, then please speak to one of our claim advisors who will help you with this.
No Win No Fee Slipped At Work And Hurt My Back Claims
Our solicitors can offer to handle your claim under a No Win, No Fee agreement. This kind of contract between a legal firm and a claimant for legal services, is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A solicitor can provide a claimant with all of the legal advice, help and assistance they need to make their No Win, No Fee claim, and also minimise many of the financial risks of doing so.
There won’t be any fee levied at the time the solicitor starts working on the claim, or while they are processing it. If the claim fails, the solicitor still won’t expect their fees to be paid. If the claim is won, then the solicitor will ask for the claimant to pay a success fee, which is legally capped at 25% of the value of the claim.
Why Choose Accident Claims UK For Your Claim?
Our expert accident and injury lawyers have helped thousands of victims to get the compensation they are entitled to. When you choose us as your claim handler, you can be sure that we will do everything to ensure your claim is a success, and that you receive the maximum level of compensation that is possible. Whenever you need an update to the status of your claim, just give our team a call. Using plain and simple English, they will explain all we have been doing on your behalf.
Start Your Slipped At Work Back Injury Claim
Do you think you have a good reason to make a back injury claim? Or perhaps you need information such as the personal injury claims time limit that could apply to your claim? Whatever help you need, please contact our team today on 0800 073 8801. One of our advisors will provide the answers you need, evaluate your claim for you, and let you know how best to proceed with your claim.
Essential References For Workplace Injury Claims
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I Slipped At Work Or Fell At Work And Hurt My Back– FAQs
What other injuries could I suffer if I slipped at work or fell at work and hurt my back?
There are a number of injuries you could encounter by slipping at work in an accident that wasn’t your fault. We could help you make a claim for injuries such as:
- Neck injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Hand and arm injuries
- Head injuries
- Leg injuries
- Knee injuries
If you’re at all unsure as to whether your accident could lead to a claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I slipped at work or fell at work and hurt my back – what evidence would I need?
You would need to prove that the accident happened because of your employer’s breach of their duty of care towards you. You would also have to prove your injuries resulted from the accident. In addition, you’d need to evidence the costs and losses you’d experienced because of the incident.
I slipped at work and hurt my back because I didn’t see a sign, could I claim?
If you were not paying attention and failed to spot clear signage of a slip hazard, you may not be able to claim. However, if the signage was obscured, for example, you may still have a chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
How do I make a claim if I slipped at work and hurt my back and still work there?
Some people worry about whether an employer will treat them badly because of their claim. By law, your employer cannot treat you differently because of your claim. We could explain more about how you’re protected over the phone.
I slipped at work and hurt my back – when to seek medical attention?
If you slipped at work and hurt your back, it could be wise to seek medical attention, particularly if you’re in pain. A medical professional could take a look at the site of injury and give you professional advice as to how to manage your injury.
Would my GP’s report be enough to secure compensation?
If you have seen your GP about your back injury, it will be recorded in your medical notes. However, your GP’s report alone would not be enough evidence to secure compensation. You would need to see an independent medical professional. This would produce a report of your injuries, their severity and their impact on you.
You would also need to evidence that your employer negligently breached their duty of care towards you, causing your injuries. Evidence of this could include photographs of the scene of your accident, as well as witness statements, a report in the accident book and other documentation. If you would like advice on what evidence could be useful, please call our team.
I slipped at work and hurt my back – where can I get advice?
If you slipped at work and hurt your back due to your employer’s negligent breach of their duty of care, you could get free advice on making a claim from us. We would be happy to assess your situation to see if you could have a valid claim.
“I fell at work and hurt my back” – final words
Thank you for reading our guide to ‘I slipped at work and hurt my back, can I claim?’ If you’re still asking the question ‘I fell at work and hurt my back, could you help?’ please call our team. We could give you further insight into how to prove a back injury at work and receive the compensation you deserve.