A work-related back pain compensation claim is usually associated with the lifting and carrying of heavy objects when inadequate machinery has been provided to do the job. However, there are several other reasons that a work-related back pain compensation claim could be made against an employer. Amongst them are the lack of ergonomic seating in an office or the cab of a vehicle, repetitive strain injuries brought about by overly repetitious tasks or stress- whether initiated by bullying, harassment or excessive workloads.
An employer has a legal obligation under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act to provide a safe environment for his employees to work in. This includes making a risk assessment for each job to be done and assessing the capabilities of the person employed to do the job. He also has to make provision against injury – with special consideration to the young, old and pregnant – and where he fails to maintain his responsibilities to you as one of his employees, you are entitled to make a back pain compensation claim should you ever injure your back through his negligence.
Making a Work-Related Back Pain Compensation Claim
Your first consideration when making a work-related back pain compensation claim should be your health. Although you may consider that you may have just tweaked a muscle, back pain injuries can lead to far more serious injuries, and in stress-related illnesses can be a precursor of heart disease. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the gravity of your back pain and confirm if it is associated with an action you have taken in your line of work. If so, you should contact a specialist personal injury* claims solicitor in respect of making a work-related back pain compensation claim.
There are a number of benefits for choosing to use the services of a solicitor rather than attempt processing a work-related back pain compensation claim by yourself. Your own priorities may differ, but many clients discover that you are less likely to experience a workplace confrontation with your employer, should he get upset over the fact that you are suing him. Others prefer to have a solicitor on their side should the employer initially deny liability for your injuries or dispute the amount of an Injury Board´s assessment for compensation.
Each case is unique and each person will have their own set of circumstances surrounding their work-related back pain compensation claim. Therefore, to help you find out where you stand, we have set up a free advice telephone service which enables you to speak directly with a solicitor and have all your questions answered in respect of your entitlement to make a work-related back pain compensation claim. Each call to our service is treated with the utmost confidentiality and you are under no obligation to make a work-related back pain compensation claim once you have spoken with us.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
Back pain can be a very debilitating injury and when somebody else is to blame for your suffering – in this case an employer – you may feel angry, hurt or upset that they were negligent in their duty of providing a safe place in which to work. You may also be apprehensive about calling us or worried about your future employment prospects if you proceed with a claim. Please let us put your mind to rest. We have over twenty years of dealing with people in situations similar to yours and will treat you courteously and with respect at all times – we understand the emotions you are going through.
What distinguishes you from everybody else we have spoken to in more than two decades, is the circumstances surrounding your back injury and how they have affected your quality of life. We would like you to tell us how your back pain occurred, what measures you believe should have been put in place to prevent it and how your injury has affected your interaction with family and friends. There are also issues such as the ability to work now and in the future that may be relevant and that you may care to bring up.
In fact, you are invited to ask as many questions as you wish in respect of a work-related back pain compensation claim and not only we will do our best to answer them but also make a preliminary assessment as to whether there are grounds for a case which is worth your while to pursue. If so, we will advise you how long the process should take and, wherever possible, give you a general idea of the amount of work-related back pain compensation you should get.
Please remember that you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us and many of our clients have taken several days after their initial telephone conversation to reflect on the information we have given them and discuss their options with family and friends. If you think of any more questions in the meantime you are, of course, welcome to call us once again.
One very important element of a work-related back pain compensation claim is that you only have two years from the date on which you sustained your injury in which to make a claim. In the event that your back pain is a health issue which has developed over a period of time, you have two years from the “date of knowledge” – effectively when you were diagnosed by your doctor and he confirmed the connection between your back pain and work environment.
Therefore, we would recommend that you do not leave it too long before calling us. Should you choose to proceed with a claim after having spoken with us, work-related claims for injury compensation are not always straightforward and may take a little time to prepare. Our lines are open and if it is not a suitable time for you to call right now, please complete your details in the call-back box, and one of our team will call at a more convenient time for you.