Back Injury At Work Compensation Claims Guide – How Much Can I Claim? What Is The Average Payout For A Back Injury At Work UK

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 27th April 2022. Welcome to our comprehensive online guide about back injury at work compensation claims. We’re going to discuss back injury at work claims in further detail. I the sections that follow, we give guidance on the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK as well as explaining how we could help you with back injury compensation claims.  You’ll find some tips on proving a back injury at work claim. Whether you’re looking to claim minor back injury compensation, or compensation for serious work-related back injuries, this guide could prove useful to you.

Who could claim for a back injury at work?

When you enter your workplace, it is more than understandable to expect a safe and pleasant environment. After all, your employer must adhere to laws such as Health and Safety at work etc. Act 1974 that promotes safe working practices. Due to the measures and regulations set in place, one of the last things you may suspect is to be injured by negligence at your place of work. However, if you happen to experience a back injury at work due to negligence, you may consider taking legal action.

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Tips on proving a back injury at work claim

Despite back injuries being some of the most common types of injury in UK workplaces, many employers are still not putting adequate safety measures in place to prevent them from occurring. Therefore, if your back injury at work was caused by inadequate safety policy, insufficient or incorrect Personal Protective Equipment, or not being trained properly, you may be able to make a No Win No Fee claim against your employer.



Throughout this guide’s duration, we aim to provide you with figures, facts and information to further your understanding of the claims process. More specifically, after reading this guide, you will understand how a personal injury solicitor could offer to handle your case under a No Win No Fee agreement.

Throughout this guide, we will provide a lot of information and address a lot of questions, such as ‘What is the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK?’. However, if you happen to have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate from contacting our team. The number to call is 0800 073 8801.

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A Guide To Back Injury At Work Claims

Across the UK, millions of working hours are lost each year due to back injuries at work or the pain they cause. Back injuries at work are the second most common injury in the workplace (the most common are injuries to the hands). Injuries to the back are so prevalent as they can the injury can be the cumulative result of years of damage to the back, with some types of back injury symptoms taking many years to fully manifest.

Back injury at work claim FAQ

Throughout the duration of this guide, we shall address critical questions relating to the  claims process, such as:

  • How are back injuries at work caused?
  • Does my employer owe a duty of care?
  • What safety measures should my employer be implementing?
  • In the event I am injured at work, what steps should I take?
  • Can a personal injury solicitor offer to handle my claim?

Once you have taken the time to read our guide, you will have a greater understanding of how back injuries at work could be caused by negligence, what steps you should consider, and most importantly, whether a solicitor could offer to handle your compensation claim.

Talk to us about your claim

It is worth noting that the claims process takes into account the unique circumstances at hand. Therefore, if we fail to acknowledge or outline any circumstances you’ve endured, please do not worry. If you suspect that your injury or pain could have been caused by negligence, then all you have to do is reach out and speak to our team. By picking up the phone and speaking with an adviser, they can discuss your case in greater detail and outline whether you can make a back injury at work compensation claim. If an adviser believes you have a valid case, they can connect you to a personal injury solicitor with experience handling cases similar to yours.

Workplace Back Injury Statistics

Whilst most people associate back pain and injuries with manual work, this is not always the case. Today most workers will spend a large part of the day sitting. In return, this can cause severe back complications.

According to 2019/2020 statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), mental health and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for a large majority of working days lost. More specifically, 17.9 million for mental health and 8.9 million for musculoskeletal disorders.

On average, a person suffering from one of the previously mentioned disorders took 17.6 days off from work. However, please note that the statistics provided above do not directly apply to injuries caused by negligence. Instead, they are a generalised overview of employee patterns documented by the HSE.

As the graph below shows, the majority of injuries to the torso in 2019/20 were sustained to the back. Back injuries accounted for 66.4% of injuries to the torso in this time frame. Any of these could potentially lead to the victim making back injury at work compensation claims.

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For more information on back injury at work claims and back injury at work compensation, please read on.

Back Injury Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Back injury symptoms can manifest in a variety of different ways and to differing levels of severity and these injuries can occur from many different types of accident. The signs of a severe back injury could display some of the following complications:

  • Some degree of a loss of movement in the back or surrounding areas.
  • Loss or changed sensations across the back and extremities, i.e. not feeling the heat, cold or touch in the same way.
  • Difficulty with controlling your bladder.
  • Exaggerated reflexes or spasming muscles.
  • Changes in or loss of sexual function or reduced sensitivity.
  • Pain or a stinging sensation arising from nerve damage.
  • Difficult breathing.

Getting help for urgent symptoms

Please visit a medical professional if you experience any degree of back pain after a workplace accident. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you will require immediate medical attention:

  • Extreme levels of pressure or pain in the back or radiating to the head and/ or neck.
  • Weakness, any form of paralysis or loss of coordination in any part of the body.
  • Tingling and numbness in the extremities, i.e. the hands & fingers or the feet & toes.
  • Complete loss of bowel or bladder control.
  • Difficulty in coordinating or balancing whilst walking.
  • A twisted neck or back.

Whether you’ve suffered a a minor spinal cord injury, severe damage to the spinal cord, herniated discs, loss of sensation, damage to the nerve roots or other neck and back injuries, if it was someone’s fault, injury lawyers could help you get compensation that could pay for medical bills and mobility assistance as well as compensating you for pain and suffering.

Diagnosis and treatment

There are several ways in which a back injury at work may be diagnosed and treated. For many people, the most uncomplicated advice can be useful. For instance, if you suffer a back injury, your GP may suggest a long rest period and avoid strenuous activities for a prescribed period of time. However, severe back injuries will require further investigation and treatment.

Your GP or a doctor at the hospital will first examine you for any potential damage to the spine and test your reflexes, sensory function and ask about the accident itself. If necessary they may carry our imaging tests (such as using an X-ray or even MRI scan to establish the extent of the injury. Treatment will depend on the location, nature, and severity of your injury.

You can find further information on back injury treatment in this NHS guide or read on for more information on back injury at work claims.

Causes of Back Injuries At Work

Unfortunately, various factors could cause a workplace accident as you can see form the table below from the HSE 2020-21 statistics.

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In some circumstances, an accident can be a blameless and unfortunate turn of events. However, if a workplace accident is caused by negligence, a compensation claim could be a suitable course of action.

What causes back injuries at work?

Naturally, you may question what factors can cause back injuries in the workplace. Unfortunately, many activities and duties in the workplace could either cause, contribute to, or exacerbate a back injury if they are not done correctly. Some of the most common causes of workplace back injuries and pain include;

  • Lifting and carrying heavy objects or loads repeatedly.
  • Lifting or awkwardly carrying an object or load, i.e. carrying single-handedly or carrying an uneven load.
  • Back injuries from a fall, such as those caused by simple slips, trips, or falls.
  • Chairs with inadequate back support or those which are broken or even unsuitable for use.
  • Heavy and intensive manual labour tasks, or those heavy tasks in industrial workplaces.
  • Potentially strenuous activities such as manual picking and packing items.
  • Long-distance driving or driving over uneven road surfaces.
  • Your posture problems include not sitting correctly, poor lumbar support in chairs, and bending over at a desk for computer work.

Following the guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) created various guidelines and safety information, such as risk assessments, for employers to abide by. In doing so, these rules provided employers with a step by step path to follow to ensure their workplace is as safe as possible.  However, despite these measures being set in place, workplace accidents can still occur.

If you have suffered a back injury at work and can provide evidence, a personal injury solicitor could offer to take on your claim. By handing your claim, a solicitor can ensure you receive an accurate amount of compensation or the damages you’ve endured and support through the back injury at work claims process. Doing so can reduce the stress associated with the claims process, allowing you to focus on your health and recovery.

Got a question relating to back injury at work compensation claims? Contact our team to learn more.

Can I Make A Back Injury At Work Claim?

You may question whether you can make a back injury compensation claim against your employer for a back injury at work. To make a claim of this nature, you must have suffered a back injury that wasn’t your fault. For example, you could have grounds to claim if you have endured a back injury from one of the following:

If you received correct training

Please note: if you received the correct training in how to lift and carry objects or other activities in the workplace, but failed to follow the guidelines, you would not have grounds to make a claim.

By offering training and carrying out safety measures, your employer has met the obligations outlined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Therefore, they would not be accountable for your accident. However, if you can provide evidence showing your accident was caused by inadequate practise or negligence, you could have grounds to make a work compensation claim.

For more information on the back injury at work claims process, please read on or call us today for free legal advice.

How To Make A Back Injury At Work Claim?

If you have suffered a back injury at work due to negligence or bad practice, there are measures you can take to support your claim. Below, we have included some steps you could consider to support your case:

  1. Ensure that your accident and injuries have been recorded in the companies accident report log. This may be a physical book or computer record.
  2. Get medical attention and an assessment to determine the extent on your injuries, as well as a long-term prognosis for them. If you have any visible damages, take a picture of them.
  3. Note down the names and contact details of any witnesses. Ask colleagues who say the incident to make a witness statement. They could write you an email with their statement in it.
  4. If there is a record (such as a company training log) that shows that you had not been adequately trained, try to get a copy of this as supporting evidence in your claim.
  5. Even if you do not feel any injury symptoms, you should still report the accident and document it correctly. Back injuries may not present immediately and may flare up at a later date.

The importance of evidence in a back injury at work claim

The steps noted above are crucial, as they emphasise the importance of evidence. Without evidence to your case,  a personal injury solicitor would not be able to take on your claim.

If you have evidence to support your claim, then you could have substantial grounds to make a back injury compensation claim. Thankfully, we can provide free, expert advice about a comprehensive range of personal injury claims. We can also provide you with a legal assessment and a No Win No Fee solicitor.

Medical Assessment

In the section above, we touched upon the importance of evidence in accident at work claims. In addition to the examples we previously gave, another form of evidence you can attain and use to support your case is a medical report.

If you have endured any form of physical or psychological trauma, you will be required to attend a medical assessment with an impartial professional. Upon attending the examination, the professional conducting the session will ask you a range of questions about your injury.

The professional will also examine the severity of your injury and determine whether there are future implications – such as the need for surgery. All of the information collected from the assessment will be documented in a file that can be used to value and support your case.

If you’d like to know how much you could expect to receive in back injury at work claims and back injury compensation claims, please read on to our next section.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Back Injury?

In this section of the guide, we are going to address injury at work compensation claims and outline how much could be awarded. Numerous factors will be taken into account when pursuing compensation. After all, every claim involves unique characteristics that can heavily influence the calculation process.

It is challenging to accurately estimate what you could be entitled to without knowing your case’s details. For that reason, we have included a table suing information provided by the Judicial College Guidelines.

Injury to the shoulderMinorUp to £2,300Injuries causing restricted arm movement or short-term pain. Would heal within 3-months
Injury to the shoulderModerate£7,410 to £11,980Injury which limits movement or function in the arm(s) with symptoms persisting for around two years.
Injury to the shoulderSerious £11,980 to £18,020Injuries in this bracket will cause pain in shoulder and neck, aching in elbow, sensory symptoms in the forearm and hand, and weakness of grip or a fractured humerus leading to restricted shoulder movement.
Injury to the shoulderSevere£18,020 to £45,070Injuries resulting in significant disability.
Injury to the neckMinor£2,300 to £4,080A full recovery takes place between three months and a year. This bracket will also apply to very short-term acceleration and/or exacerbation injuries, usually less than one year.
Injury to the neckModerate£23,460 to £36,120This bracket will include injuries resulting in markedly impaired function or vulnerability to further trauma, and limitation of activities.
Injury to the neckSevereIn the region of £139,210Severe pain little to no movement in the neck despite the injured person spending a period of years wearing a collar 24 hours a day.
Injury to the backMinor£2,300 to £7,410Within this bracket, a full recovery takes place without surgery between three months and two years.
Injury to the backModerate£26,050 to £36,390Ongoing or long-term pain in the back.
Injury to the backSevere£85,470 to £151,070This bracket will be appropriate for severe pain and disability with a combination of incomplete paralysis and significantly impaired bladder, bowel, and sexual function.
ParalysisQuadriplegic£304,630 to £379,100The injured person is not in physical pain, has full awareness of their disability, has an expectation of life of 25 years or more, has retained powers of speech, sight, and hearing but needs help with bodily functions.
ParalysisParaplegic£205,580 to £266,740Full or partial paraplegia where the injured person is paralysed from the waist down.

The table above emphasises how the injury type, severity, and long-term implications can profoundly impact the amount of compensation awarded.  These back injury compensation examples include settlements for chronic injuries,  shoulders and neck trauma – and are also referred to as general damages. However, it is essential to acknowledge that financial loss could be factored into your case.

Special damages in back injury claims

Financial losses can be factored into your claim, and they are referred to as special damages. Various types of financial loss can be factored into a claim, such as:

  • Loss of earnings or potential or future earnings.
  • Travel costs.
  • Medical expenses.

You will be required to provide documentation to support your case, such a bank statements, receipts, and credit scores. On the grounds, you can provide evidence, a solicitor could offer to handle a claim. Solicitors. will always work to get you the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Back Injury At Work Claims FAQs

There are some questions pertaining to back injury at work claims compensation which we are often asked. Here are answers to some of these frequently asked questions.

Is my employer liable for my injuries?

Employers owe their employees a duty of care to keep them safe at their place of work. Thankfully, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has outlined various safety policies that can be adopted to promote safer work practice.

Employers must fully train their staff as well as keeping this training up to date.
– Provide any and all personal protective equipment (PPE).
– Conduct risk assessments of the working environment and carry out any recommendations.
– Ensure a high standard of housekeeping is implemented to prevent slips, trips and falls.

If your employer has failed in any of these steps, they could be liable for you to claim them.
Please note; employees also have a duty of care to ensure their own safety in the workplace. If this is breached, employees have grounds to make back injury at work compensation claims.

Can I claim if I have a pre-existing condition or previously had a back injury? Would I receive less than the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK for such claims?

There is often a misconception that you can not claim a particular type of injury if you have already suffered a similar injury or have a pre-existing condition. However, that simply isn’t the case.

If you suffer a back injury at work due to your employer’s fault, it could aggravate a preexisting condition. In return, it could accelerate the injury or cause new symptoms to occur. If that is the case, then you could have grounds to seek back injury at work compensation for the accelerated damages endured.

What are the common causes of a back injury at work?

Common causes of back pain at work are often caused by:

– Repetition – repeating specific movements.
– Inactivity.
– Force – exerting too much force on your back due to poor manual handling techniques or fall objects.

Am I limited to a solicitor based in my local area to handle my claim?

Thankfully, our specialist solicitors can offer to handle your case, regardless of your location. A solicitor can handle your case and keep you updated by speaking over the phone, sending emails, and meeting in person. 

Multiple indicators suggest a back injury is serious. Before we outline the most common back injury signs, first and foremost, if you are injured, please seek medical attention. Emergency signs that suggest a back injury has taken place may include:

  • A loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Weakness,  paralysis, or incoordination in any part of your body.
  • Extreme pain in your back, head or neck.

Are there any time limits that apply to claims for a back injury at work?

Like in cases of medical negligence, road traffic accidents and public liability accidents, there is a three-year time limit for making a personal injury claim for a back injury. This will either run from the date of the accident or if you’re claiming for an ongoing musculoskeletal disorder, the date that you became aware your symptoms were a result of your work conditions.

How long will it take for my compensation claim to be settled?

This will depend on a number of factors. A simple claim, such as for a soft tissue injury where liability is not in dispute, may be settled within a matter of months. More complicated injuries which affect you for some time, or accidents where it is not immediately clear where the fault lies, may take longer to resolve.

How much could I receive in a back injury claim at work? What’s the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK?

Personal injury compensation amounts will vary depending on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries and the value of any financial losses you’ve incurred.

If you’re wondering why Accident Claims UK are the best choice in back injury at work claims, please read on to the next section, or call us today with any questions you have about claiming back injury at work compensation.

Why Use Our Personal Injury Solicitors

At Accident Claims UK, our solicitors have decades of experience helping those affected by negligence. Our highly experienced team marries hard work with their wealth of expertise to ensure you receive the highest compensation settlement possible.

“Our solicitors have up to 30 years of experience helping those affected by neglgience.”

The Accident Claims UK team has years of experience in helping people successfully pursue compensation claims for personal injuries. Our team are committed to helping you recover and seek the justice you deserve. So if you have suffered from a back injury at work that wasn’t your fault, why not reach out and speak to our team? One of our advisers would be more than happy to talk with you and address any issues you may have.

How a personal injury solicitor could help you claim more than the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK

Claiming for a back injury that was caused during an accident at work can be quite difficult to prove. While you might think you have a straightforward case, your employer’s insurer might think differently. Realistically, they’ll do all they can to reduce how much compensation they have to pay (if at all).  Unless you can prove exactly how your employer was liable for the accident and that you sustained your back injury in it, the insurer might try to avoid paying out.

For that reason, you may wish to let one of our personal injury solicitors represent you.  They could use their legal experience and expert to support you during the claims process and make things a little easier. One important way they can help is to take on all aspects of communication for you. That means that you will not need to speak to your employer or their insurer about your claim. Also, if any questions or objections relating to your injuries or accident are raised, your solicitor should be competent enough to try and counter those claims by providing further evidence.

Why we believe we could fight for more than the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK

We believe that if your claim is supported by one of our solicitors, you stand a better chance of a) winning your case and b) being compensated correctly. Therefore, why not call today to discuss your options? Remember, we’ll handle everything for you and your employer cannot discipline you or treat you any differently because you have decided to claim the compensation you might be due.

Our next section will take a closer look at No Win No Fee back injury at work claims and how they can benefit you.

No Win, No Fee Back Injury At Work Claims

Here at Accident Claims, we understand that back injury at work compensation claims can be daunting. However, we firmly believe that those affected by negligence should have a right to make a compensation claim and shouldn’t sacrifice that right due to expensive upfront legal fees. It is for that reason why our solicitors operate on a No Win No Fee basis.

“No Win No Fee agreements are also referred to as Conditonal Fee Agreements.”

So what benefits do No Win No Fee agreements permit? Should a solicitor offer to handle your case under a No Win No Fee agreement, you would have access to the following benefits:

  • There are zero upfront fees or charges to pay, meaning you can kickstart your claim as soon as possible.
  • If your case is unsuccessful and you do not win, you won’t ever have to pay for our services. This means that nothing should stop you from getting the legal support that you deserve.

In successful claims where a settlement is granted, your solicitors will retain a small percentage of the settlement to cover their costs. However, please do not worry, as the fee is capped by law. All of the fee structure details will be set out in the conditional fee agreement, and your solicitor will ensure that you fully understand the contract before signing it.

Contact Accident Claims UK Today About Back Injury Claims

Got a question relating to a work-related back injury at work compensation claims? Why not reach out and speak to our team. To start your claim and to access free legal advice, why not contact our personal injury claims team? Our friendly and dedicated staff are always on hand to take your calls, answer your queries, and help you start your claim. Once we have the details of your back injury, we can start working hard to get the compensation that you deserve.

Helping You Fight For More Than The Average Payout For A Back Injury At Work In The UK

You can reach our team by using one of the following methods:

  • Call us on 0800 073 8801 to speak with an adviser.
  • You can enquire online by clicking here and using our online form.
  • Please send us an email with the outline of your injury and how it happened to
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Could I make back injury claims on behalf of someone else?

If you are responsible for someone under the age of 18, and they are injured at work, you could make back injury claims on their behalf until such time as they turn 18. You would need to act as their litigation friend. That way, you could handle their claim, and make decisions about it. A lawyer would be able to talk you through how to become a litigation friend so that you could make such a claim. However, your child may wish to make their own claim once they turn 18 instead. They could have until they turn 21 to do so. Making the decision on whether to wait or whether to claim right away on a child’s behalf could be tricky. If you’d like to speak to us about making such a decision, we could provide you with the information you may need to make a decision on what to do.

Could I make fatal back injury claims for someone’s death?

Sometimes, an injury could be so severe that it could cause someone to lose their life. In 2020/21, as per the HSE’s statistics, 142 people lost their lives because of workplace accidents. You can see the cause of accidents below.


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If you lost a loved one due to a fatal injury affecting their back or spine, you may be wondering if you could claim compensation. We could help you with this. If an employer’s negligence led to the accident that caused their injury, we could provide you with a solicitor working on a No Win No fee basis. They could fight for compensation for your bereavement and for expenses relating to their death, such as funeral costs.

What would the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK include?

Firstly, we should mention that when you look at the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK, it is worth considering that every claim is assessed on its own merits. In general, back injury at work claims could include damages for your pain and suffering, and any loss of amenity you’ve experienced due to the injury. They could also include costs of care, claims for loss of earnings if you’ve needed to take time away from work because of your injury, medical costs and even travel expenses. To get more of an idea of how much this could be, please call our team. We would be delighted to talk you through what could be included within your claim and how much back injury claims could bring you.

Could I receive the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK if I contributed to my injury?

When it comes to claims for negligence, you would need to be able to prove that somebody had a breach of their duty of care towards you and this caused your injury. If, however, you have contributed to the accident that caused your injury, you could be partially responsible. This is what is called contributory negligence. If you are found to have been negligent, but another party is also at fault, such as your employer, you could still receive compensation. However, it would usually be less than the average payout for a back injury at work in the UK where there was no fault on the claimant’s side. The compensation could be reduced to reflect your contribution.

Can you give me any tips on proving a back injury at work claim?

We could offer case-specific tips on proving your back injury at work claim by telephone for free. However, if you are looking for general tips for proving a back injury at work claim, the below could be useful.

  1. If you can, take photographs of the scene of the incident that caused your injuries
  2. Take photographs of your injuries
  3. Report the accident to the relevant person within your workplace
  4. Talk to witnesses to see if they can provide contact details. They could provide a statement to back up your claim.
  5. Keep an injury diary to remind yourself of how your injuries affect you
  6. Seek medical attention for your injuries
  7. Get legal advice from our team

Can my medical records from the GP or hospital back up my back injury at work claim?

Your medical records from the GP or hospital could help to back up a back injury at work claim. However, you may also need a further medical assessment by an independent medical expert. This could be arranged for you as part of your claim. 

How common are work-related back injuries?

As you can see below from the HSE’s 2020-21 statistics, the second most common area where workers suffered work-related musculoskeletal disorder was the back. If you have suffered a work-related back injury due to your employer’s negligence, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Please call our team for a free eligibility check on your claim.

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