Our spine injury solicitors deal with accident compensation claims. A spinal cord injury (SCI) is usually a catastrophic event for the individual and immediate family. Motor and sensory paralysis can have serious physiological implications however one way to help put your life back together is by getting compensation if another party was at fault. Our lawyers are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts who deal with claims using the no win no fee* scheme. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.
Back injury is responsible for more days lost at work than for any other reason causing UK businesses to lose an estimated 5 million work days annually due to employee absenteeism brought on by lifting injury and work-related back conditions. Alarmingly the incidence of back injury also costs the NHS over £5 billion every year to treat and that sum is in addition to the value of lost industrial production caused as a result of lifting injury absenteeism. It is believed that most back injuries are avoidable and are in the main caused as a result of inadequate training and the use of unsafe lifting practices. In the majority of cases the provisions contained in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations Act 1992 means that the employer is at fault for lifting injury caused to the employee in the workplace and as such will be liable to pay the employee compensation in spine injury solicitors legal action.
There is a wide range of potential spinal injury that can vary from minor bone or nerve damage through to serious life threatening injury and from temporary reversible discomfort to permanent and irreversible paralysis. These injuries can cause serious physical and social problems including loss of sensation to the upper or lower body, to the bowel, bladder and total impairment of sexual function. Victims may require a lifetime of help, care and financial support which they and their families can often ill afford. If someone else is to blame for an accident that causes physical damage of this nature, even if they are not completely to blame, it is worth pursuing a spine injury compensation claim for damages that can include an award for pain and suffering, all wages losses and other expenses both past and for the future together with substantial sums to cover any necessary nursing or social care.
Back injury claims for compensation usually rely on breaches of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations Act 1992 which puts the onus on employers to keep their employers from doing any lifting which could result in a lifting injury, as far as practically possible. The act also states that employers should provide mechanical assistance, a trolley or hoist for example, to employees when doing heavy lifting wherever reasonably practical. In circumstances where avoiding manual handling is not reasonably possible, employers must conduct a detailed risk assessment of all manual-handling and lifting operations, which takes into account the full nature of the task in order to establish the safest way that the job can be completed to minimise the risk of lifting injury.
An employee can claim compensation using a solicitor, as a result of a back injury, if the employer has not completed an adequate risk assessment or has not provided adequate equipment to reduce the need for manual handling in accordance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations Act 1992. Employees can also claim compensation if they suffer a lifting injury due to a lack of adequate health and safety training.
While the onus is on employers to ensure a safe workplace and work procedures and to provide adequate equipment where possible, employees are responsible for conducting their work in a safe manner, using the equipment provided to them for lifting and cooperate fully with managers on health and safety issues. An employee who suffers a back injury as a result of poor judgement and failure to follow established safety protocols is not eligible to file a compensation claim against an employer.
In order for spinal injury solicitors to claim compensation it is usually necessary to prove 'negligence' which is defined as a failure to take reasonable care for the safety of another person to whom a duty of care is owed. It is also necessary to show that the negligent behaviour caused injury or loss to justify a damages claim. Damages are divided into two categories being those which can be calculated accurately and those that must be assessed :-
Most spine injury compensation claims arise as a result of vehicle, work or sports accidents. If a third party caused or contributed to the injury you may be entitled to compensation. At work an employer must provide a safe work environment, adequate and properly maintained equipment, full training and supervision where necessary and do their best to ensure employee safety. At sports events participants have a duty to ensure the safety of their opponents and any injury sustained as a result of a dangerous challenge or unsafe equipment or playing area will attract an award of damages in a spine injury compensation claim. In most cases of vehicle, work or sports accidents the negligent 3rd party will be insured and in the case of motor vehicle accidents even if a negligent driver is uninsured a spine injury compensation claim can still be made to the Motor Insurers Bureau whose purpose is to pay compensation to the victims of uninsured drivers.
If you have been injured in an accident within the last three years that wasn't your fault you should contact our spine injury solicitors for advice with no charge. Some of our lawyers have particular interest in SCI claims and will be able to give you free detailed advice without obligation. If after talking to them you decide not to take matters further then you are quite at liberty to do so and you will not be charged for that advice. You will receive a complete professional service from lawyers who specialise in claiming compensation for personal injury caused as a result of an accident.