Going to work is something we take for granted, assuming that the worst that will happen is that we’ll be a little tired at the end of the day. However, for some people, this simply isn’t the worst thing that has happened to them at work. Here, we take a look at one case study, found while compiling research into injury cases, that obtained a £9500 payout for a pulled muscle at work.
his case involved a 47-year-old man, who was working as a design engineer. The man suffered a pulled muscle at work when his employer asked that he clear up one of the store rooms, which was not usually part of his job description. He moved some boxes that were not labelled, so he was not aware of what was contained within them. He became aware of a back pain later that day but continued for another month to work as usual. When the pain became too much, he sought assistance from his GP who believed that he had signs of pulled back muscle.
The pulled muscle lower back symptoms he was experiencing required that he be signed off work for a month, a situation which his employer was not happy with, despite the fact that he suffered the pulled muscle at work. Things were very difficult for the claimant in this case as he was also a carer for one of his family members. When the claimant sought help from no win no fee solicitors for his muscle damage compensation claim, they helped him gain compensation of £9,500 for his pulled muscle at work.
If you have suffered a lifting injury lower back, then you might be interested in reading about the compensation guidelines for personal injury, as well as how this particular case was settled in the end. The team at Accident Claims know only too well how complex accident at work claims often are and are here to provide information on how we can help you launch your own claim for a pulled muscle at work. Read on for more information and if you’d like to get in touch, the number you need to call is on the bottom of this page.
Manual Handling Accident and Injury Statistics
The 47-year-old in the case study above was injured while performing manual handling duties, which were not part of his usual duties. As such the employer had not offered him any manual handling training, which would have worked well for lifting injury prevention. According to the HSE, lifting and manual handling injuries within the workplace are common. In fact, they make up 22% of injuries reported that happen within the workplace. Employers are supposed to ensure that any employee, regardless of their usual duties, who is asked to lift something at work be subject of a risk assessment, as well as receiving relevant handling training to ensure they are aware of the correct lifting position, the fact that they cannot lift loads that are too heavy for them, and who to ask if a load seems unsafe. If an employer has not gone ahead and made sure that the employee has had this training, or indeed any equipment required to lift an item safely, and they are injured, leading to a pulled muscle at work, or other injuries, then they may well be liable, and may have to settle back injury compensation payouts from their insurance.
Pulled Muscle Injuries
Pulled muscles, wherever they happen in the body and however they are caused are often painful, and if the proper treatment is not given, like in this pulled muscle at work injury, they might get worse over time, especially if a person carries on doing their regular duties without taking the injury into account. According to pulled muscle lower back NHS information, the way in which you’d know if you had a pulled muscle in lower back strain or sprain is by way of the following symptoms:
- Cramp or spasms in the area
- You are unable to weight bear
- Bruising or swelling is present
- You have weakness, tenderness and/or pain in the afflicted area
The pulled muscle lower back treatment is usually the same as with any other area, and that is to rest and apply ice to the area. The muscle strain recovery time largely depends on how bad the sprain or strain is though, and if you have a pulled muscle at work injury similar to the claimant described here, you might have to take time from work while you recover.
Making the Personal Injury Claim Against Their Employer
People sometimes feel a little more nervous about making personal injury claims against their employer than making them against anyone else, but this should not deter anyone seeking compensation for a pulled muscle at work or any other injury should they feel that it could have been prevented by the employer. They are not actually allowed to treat employees differently if they do pursue a claim. Is the case study we describe here, while the employer did not seem very happy with the employee taking his month off work while he recovered from his injuries, they were even less happy with the action taken, and initially refused to admit any fault or pay any compensation. With a personal injury lawyer on the case, however, the case did not even reach court before the employer had changed their mind and settled his pulled muscle at work compensation payout.
The Settlement Awarded for A Pulled Muscle
While £9500 seems like a lot of money for the pulled muscle at work the claimant suffered, the average compensation for soft tissue injury can vary depending on the severity and prognosis for recovery. It is important to note that while you might have looked at a back injury compensation calculator online, it is unlikely to have been able to give you a specific figure. This is because there is a lot of variation between cases. In this claimant’s case, the £9500 settlement was in addition to the pay that he had lost out on when he had been forced to take time off work. In other cases of back injury compensation examples, costs such as medical expenses, travel bills etc can be covered by the payout as well as the compensation for the actual injury. If you’d like to talk to us further to discuss soft tissue injury compensation amounts, we’re ready to talk to you any time.
No Win No Fee Muscle Strain and Sprain Claims
Making strain and sprain claims as the pulled muscle at work claimant did above can be done in a no win no fee way. This can also be termed as being under a CFA (Conditional Fee Agreement). This condition in this case is that you win your case, whereas if you don’t, then you would not have to pay the fee. Sounds simple? It is, and there are a few benefits to it that you might not have considered. The first is that, obviously, there won’t be any big legal bills upfront. If you have lost money though not working as the claimant above did, then you would not necessarily feel able to start a claim, but in this way you would.
The next benefit people cite as coming from no win no fee cases is that you know that your chosen personal injury claim solicitor is working as hard as they can to process your claim to a successful conclusion and are working hard to secure the most compensation possible for the pulled muscle at work or other injury. This is because they won’t receive their percentage if you don’t win. You can also be sure that your chosen solicitor would not be taking your case on if they did not think that it would attract a compensation payment. We understand that lots of people think the benefits are too good to be true and that there’s a catch in there somewhere, but there simply isn’t. Even the percentage the lawyer can ask for out of the compensation payment is capped.
Contact Our Team Today
Whether it’s a pulled muscle at work or another injury that was someone else’s doing, then you’re well within your rights to get free legal advice by calling 0800 073 8801 to talk to our team. We will give you solid advice based on the facts and then will offer to provide you a lawyer capable of taking your case forward to a compensation settlement. With a wealth of experience and lots of happy claimant’s ready and willing to tell you how great they thought our service was, there really is no better time to call than now.
As previously mentioned, we can offer a wealth of information should you wish to call our team, but if you’d prefer to do more research first, we can help here too. Have a look at the links below for more reading material.
Injuries while undertaking manual handling – The guide we’ve produced on manual handling takes into account the most frequent questions we’re asked about this type of claim.
Injuries to the back at work – Common questions about back injuries are answered here.
HSE Stats – When it comes to workplace safety, the HSE have lots of information for free.