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Back Injury Claims: Solicitor explains the amounts of compensation you can claim for your back injuries caused in a UK accident
Back injury claims: discover what parts of your body make up your back, the most common types of back injury claim (including car accident and workplace injury) with examples of how much compensation payouts you can claim in the UK for all types of back injury from the minor to the most severe,
What are back injury claims?
Your spine is made up of three distinct areas - the cervical spine (the upper part of your spine, which is normally referred to as the neck), the thoracic spine (the middle part of your spine) and the lumbar spine (the lower part of your spine).
Back injury claims
When you refer to your back you will normally be referring to the lower and middle part of your spine and the surrounding muscles and tissues. The upper part of your spine and surrounding muscles and tissues is typically being known as your neck.
Back injury claims therefore normally refer to claims for compensation when your lower of mid spine is injured in an accident or as a result of medical negligence.
What are the most common accidents which cause back injury claims?
There are many different types of accident which can give rise to back injury claims, which include:
1. Car accident back injury claims
You will undoubtedly have heard of whiplash injury compensation claim. A whiplash is an injury where the neck or cervical spine is injured due to the head being thrown forwards and backwards.
Click car accident compensation to see the page I have written explaining the amounts of compensation you can recover for whiplash injuries.
In addition to whiplash - injuries to your lower and mid back are quite common in a car accident due to large forces coming to play even when a seatbelt is correctly being used by a driver and passenger.
Other types of road traffic accident can cause serious back injuries, such as a those involving a motorcycle. Click motor bike accident to see the types of injury and amounts of compensation you can claim for motorbike injuries.
2. Accident At Work Back injuries
Heavy lifting at work can cause serious back injuries. The Manual Handing Regulations and Health and Safety laws protect you in the event of a lifting injury in the workplace, such that you can claim compensation from your employer should you suffer injury.
3. Medical Negligence Back injuries
Operations on the spine can be very complicated and if such an operation is not performed correctly you might be entitled to claim compensation form the NHS trust responsible for the acts of all the doctors, nurses and other medical staff employed by them.
4. Other Types of Personal Injury Claim
Other types of personal injury claim, which might involve an injured back include: slip and trip accidents, sporting accidents, criminal injury compensation claims, industrial disease claims, animal accidents and even some accidents abroad.
Examples of how much compensation you can recover for pain and suffering for UK back injury claims
Some examples of the amounts of compensation you can claim in 2012 for your pain and suffering caused by a back injury, include:
1. Least Severe Back Injury Claim Settlements
If you have suffered a back strain or muscle injury lasting for more than a few weeks, but for which you have no further symptoms of pain after two years you can expect an average payout of: £1,500 - £5,500
2. Minor Back Injury Payouts
If you have a back injury which involves a strain, muscle injury or a prolapsed disc (where surgery is not necessary) with pain symptoms lasting between two and five years - back injury settlements are calculated between: £5, 500 - £9, 000
3. Moderate Back Injury Amounts
A moderate back injury describes a back injury with prolapsed discs requiring surgery to remove part of a spinal vertebra (this operation is known as a laminectomy), spinal fusion, acceleration of degeneration of your spine (effectively as though your spine has aged prematurely) and crush fractures of the spine. Your back claim settlement payout is calculated between: £9,000 - £27,500
4. Most Serious Injury Of The Back
The most serious back injuries can result in paralysis, sexual difficulties, problems with functioning of your organs (such as bowel and bladder problems) resulting compensation settlements between: £25,500 - £115,000
Can you claim compensation for financial losses as well as pain and suffering?
"Yes" - in addition to pain and suffering for your back injuries you will be entitled to claim compensation for any financial expenses you may incur - this will depend entirely on your own financial position and expenditure both before and after your accident.
If these sums of money are likely to be large amounts - your solicitor will likely have an accountant report produced describing all of the past and potential future financial expenditure.
Click rehabilitation of spinal and head injuries to see how to claim rehabilitation expenses in the event of a serious back injury claim.
Summary of Amounts Of Back Injury Claims
On this page you have seen examples of how much compensation your back injury claims settlement is likely to calculated at.
I recommend you click back injury claims to make use of my website's free online legal help and find out the amount of compensation payouts you are likely to recover for your own back injury claims.