On this page, you will find a full guide to claiming personal injury compensation for a slipped disc, including information about the injury and also the process of making a No Win No fee compensation claim. This guide will focus on a specific type of disc injury, a herniated disc.
This guide is intended to educate people about the injury itself, and also the process of claiming compensation for it, in a variety of scenarios. This is a fairly common injury, and also one that is often caused by overstressing the back at work. A painful injury that can mean that a person has to remain bedridden for some time. In this guide, we will cover things such as:
- What a herniated slip disc is, how they affect a person a number of ways, and how the injury differs from other types of slipped disc.
- The most common causes of a slipped disc, as well as how they occur. As well as some basic statistics on herniated discs.
- A description of the main symptoms of a herniated disc, and how they can affect the life of the sufferer, as well as a look at some of the potential long-term effects of the injury.
- A look at the most common types of accidents that lead to a herniated slipped discs, such as slips, trips and falls and lifting accidents.
- Details on how to make a claim for a herniated slip disc, as well as some information on the amount of compensation that is typically paid for the injury. The No Win No Fee claims service offered by Accident Claims UK is also introduced.
Accident Claims UK has a long history going back more than three decades, of claiming herniated disc compensation on behalf of our clients, across a broad range of different types of claims. If you would like to know how we can help you claim personal injury compensation for a herniated disc, then call us on 0800 073 8801 today.
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What Is A Herniated or Slipped Disc?
Below, you will find the answers to the questions, what is a hernia? and what is a slipped disc? In it’s most basic form, a slipped disc refers to any disc which has moved out of alignment, been squashed, or displaced in some way. When a hernia, occurs, part of the disc has been forced out from between the vertebrae, as can be seen in the image above.
There are 24 vertebrae in your back, and there is a disc of cartilage between each one, that acts as a shock absorber, and also allows the spine to flex. The spinal chord runs down through the spine. When a herniated disc occurs, the spinal chord and the nerves it contains can be pinched or rubbed, causing severe pain. A herniated slipped disc can happen between any two vertebrae; however, they typically happen in the neck or lower back.
What Causes A Herniated or Slipped Disc?
Of all types of hernia injuries, a herniated slipped disc is the most debilitating. The slipped disc pain can be very severe and mean that the sufferer has to keep completely immobile for long periods. For people who have to let their slipped disc heal on its own, rather than have surgery to fix it, then it could be months before they can even stand. The most common causes of this injury are:
- Advanced age – as people become older, the cartilage that makes up the disc loses its flexibility, and it also begins to erode away. This can lead to a herniated slip disc.
- The stress of exercise – especially for sportsmen such as weightlifters, rowers, or anyone who uses their back. failing to warm up before exercise is a prime way that a herniated slipped disc happens.
- Lifting heavy objects – especially if the lifting is not done properly. This is the single most common way that a herniated slipped disc happens in the workplace.
- Constant vibration – can ease the disc out from between the two vertebrae, causing a herniated slipped disc. Operating heavy machinery or driving for many hours are examples of how this injury happens.
- Obesity – a herniated slipped disc is common in larger people, especially if they lead a generally sedentary life.
There are a number of job roles that expose workers to the risk of a herniated disc injury more than others, and these include:
- Long distance lorry drivers
- Warehouse workers
- Construction workers
- Landscape gardeners
- People working in a manufacturing plant.
- People working in a heavy industry such as mining or steel works.
Slipped or Herniated Disc Statistics
A slipped disc is a very common back injury. It most commonly occurs in people who are aged between 30 and 50 years old. Men more commonly suffer this injury, possibly because males often work in job roles that require heavy lifting. Men are 50% more likely to suffer a slipped disc. 95% of all herniated slip discs happen in the lower back. Of all the people who undergo slipped disc surgery to solve the problem, around 10% of them still have severe pain once the disc has been put back in place.
If you have suffered an accident that has resulted in a herniated slipped disc, then Accident Claims UK can help you get the maximum compensation possible. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to begin your claim today.
What Are the Common Herniated or Slipped Disc Symptoms?
For most people who suffer a herniated disc, the hernia symptoms are extremely severe, leaving no doubt that something is wrong. Typically, the mains symptoms of a herniated disc are:
- Severe back pain – usually in the lower back. This is not a mild pain, it can be agonising, people have described it as “having a knife stuck in their back”. Most people suffer so much pain that they simply dare not move.
- A tingling sensation or numbness – this can happen in any of the extremities, such as the hands or feet, and is caused by the spinal chord being squashed or pushed on.
- Severe neck pain – similarly to the back paid outlined above, people who have a herniated disc in their neck will suffer a similar level of pain. However, they may still be able to move, as simply standing up will not make the pain worse.
- General weakness in the muscles – this symptom is again caused by the spinal chord being pinched or squashed.
- Pain in the legs, hips or buttocks – this will only occur if the herniated disc is pressing down on the sciatic nerve.
The Long-Term Effects of Herniated Slipped Disc Injuries
If you need to make a hernia injury compensation claim, the answer to the question, how much can I claim for a hernia? will depend on the severity of the injury, and also the long-term effects it will have on your life.
- People who suffered a herniated disc, whether it is allowed to heal on its own, or is fixed through surgery, will be at a high risk of the injury recurring.
- In cases where surgery has been used to solve the problem, and the prescribed procedure was fusing the two affected vertebrae together, then additional strain will be put on the discs each side of the repair, which could lead to further back problems.
- If the spinal chord was damaged in some way, there could be long-term implications such as sciatica, numbness, or tingling in the extremities.
- Around 10% of people who have undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc, will still suffer from severe pain afterwards. This pain will need to be treated with medication, potentially for the rest of the life of the sufferer.
If you are suffering from long-term effects of a herniated disc injury, then any compensation claim that you make will need to take this into account. Accident Claims UK can help you claim for long-term compensation for loss of earning and the effect of the injury on your quality of life. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to learn how we can help you.
Slips Trips and Falls Causing Slipped Discs
Slips, trips and falls are the single most common types of accidents in the world. They can happen anywhere, for a massively wide range of reasons. They are also a common accident at work which sees people needing to make a hernia and workers compensation claims.
Although the most common injuries that people sustain following a slip, trip or fall accident are damage to the hands, arms or legs, a herniated disc is always a risk, especially if the person has tried to catch themselves falling by grabbing something such as a piece of furniture or a railing, wrenching their back. The elderly are also much more likely to suffer a herniated disc due to a slip, trip or fall.
If you have been the victim of a slip, trip or fall accident, in a place where somebody was responsible for keeping the paving or walkway safe for the public, then Accident Claims UK can likely help you claim compensation.
Hernia Lifting Injuries and How to Lift Properly
Injuries caused by lifting heavy weights in the workplace can result in an employee making a claim for the injury, such as inguinal hernia workers compensation.
Every company in the UK is required by law, to provide a safe workplace for its employees. It is also required by law to make sure that every task a person has to perform as part of their job, is done safely. Meaning the employer needs to make sure that workers are trained properly in how to lift safely. Lifting a heavy load incorrectly is a very common cause of a herniated slipped disc.
The links below give good information on how to live heavy loads properly, and also on the NHS guidelines on lifting in the workplace:
If you believe that your herniated disc injury, that was caused by an accident at work, is a valid reason to claim compensation, then please contact Accident Claims UK today on the number at the bottom of this page.
Reporting Back Injuries
To answer the question, I got a hernia at work what should I do? The answer is to, first of all, make sure the injury is reported. This is so that farther down the line if the injury is serious, you will be in a better position to claim settlement for hernia surgery.
As part of their Health & Safety protocol, every company is required by law to keep an accident book. Every accident leading to an injury, no matter how minor, must be recorded in the company accident book. If you have had an accident that has caused a herniated disc, if the accident that caused it has been entered into the company accident book, you will have a much higher chance of claiming compensation form your employer. Accident Claims UK can help you, simply call the number at the bottom of this page to begin your claim.
When Can I Make a Herniated Disc Compensation Claim?
You can make a compensation claim for a herniated disc injury any time after the injury has been diagnosed. You will need to provide us with details of how the injury happened, and the accident that caused it occurred.
Once we have all of the information we need, we can decide whether there is a valid reason to claim compensation from a third party. This could be your employer for an accident at work, a company for allowing a slip, trip or fall accident to happen, or a private individual for causing a road traffic accident.
Compensation Amounts for A Slipped Disc
To get a rough idea of hernia compensation payouts, you could use an online hernia compensation calculator. However, this won’t be very accurate. The table below shows some of the more typical payment amounts for compensation claims relating to an accident that resulted in a herniated disc injury, it shows hernia settlement amounts UK residents have previously claimed:
|Back Injury||Minor||£350 -£9,850||Slipped discs with recovery in the short-term|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£8,750 - £30,750||Slipped discs with recovery in the long-term|
|Back Injury||Severe||£30,750 - £123,300||Slipped discs with a permanent effect upon quality of life|
A much better way to receive an indication of the amount of compensation you can claim for your herniated disc injury is to call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page. After providing us with the info we need, we will be able to give you a rough estimate of how much we believe you could claim in personal injury compensation.
No Win No Fee Herniated Disc Compensation Claims
If you have suffered a herniated disc injury through an accident that somebody else was to blame for, we can help you claim compensation for hernia operation under a No Win No Fee agreement. There really is no charge to begin making your claim, and we don’t levy any fees at all until you claim comes to a conclusion. If this conclusion is that we failed to make your claim, then you don’t have to pay us any legal fees at all. The only time that we will ask you to pay your legal fees, is when you receive a compensation payment.
How to Make A Claim
Making a claim for a herniated disc that was caused by an accident that a third party was responsible for, is a very simple process. All you need to do is contact Accident Claims UK (our phone number is at the bottom of this page) and we will take it from there.
Firstly, we will ask you all the details of your injury and the accident that caused it. Once we have all the details, we will evaluate your claim, and give you some free legal advice on what we think your next move should be.
In most cases, we will recommend that the claimant uses our No Win No Fee national claims service (detailed above) as the simplest, most risk-free and effective way to claim personal injury compensation for a herniated slipped disc.
Why Choose Us to Make A Successful Claim on Your Behalf?
Accident Claims UK has a proven track record spanning more than 30-years of claiming significant amounts of compensation for our clients. We have tackled thousands of personal injury claims, across a very wide range of cases.
We always keep you informed of what we are doing for you and use plain and simple English, we don’t dress things up on legal speak. Our aim is to win you the most compensation possible, without doing anything at all that will jeopardise your chance of successfully making a claim.
We operate legal teams across the UK and are able to help you get a local medical examination to support your claim. We may also be able to arrange for one of our legal team in your area to make a home visit to discuss your claim.
Contact Accident Claims UK Today and Start Your Claim
If you are ready to begin your claim for personal injury following an accident that caused a herniated disc injury, then call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801. We will go over the details of your claim, and then assist you by making a recommendation on what we believe your next course of action should be. In most cases, our No Win No Fee claims service is the way we recommend that our customers claim the compensation they are eligible for.
Detailed information published by the NHS that covers slipped disc injuries including the causes, symptoms and treatment.
Detailed information published by the UK Health & Safety Executive on lifting injuries at work, and best practices for people who work in an environment where heavy lifting is a requirement.
We have also provided a full and detailed guide to claiming personal injury compensation for people who have been injured in an accident at work. This will be useful information for people who received a herniated disc due to an accident in the workplace.