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Compensation For Back Strains At Work
A back strain (also known as a pulled back) normally affects the lower back, and is caused when surrounding muscles are over-stretched or torn. This may be the result of a single traumatic accident, or due to overuse of the muscles, and their gradual deterioration over time. Back strains are the most common form of lower back pain, which the TUC declared early in 2011 to be an 'epidemic' in the UK, costing around 44 million lost working days each year. Both 21st century lifestyles and working practices are increasingly sedentary, and this weakens muscles in the back, making them more susceptible to a strain.
What Causes Back Strains At Work?
The Physical Effects Of Back Strains
Back strains usually involve pain and mobility difficulties. A person may have trouble sleeping, suffer muscles spasms, or related back conditions such as trapped nerves. The muscles in the lower back (paraspinal muscles) provide critical support to the spine, and also provide the upper body with its strength and mobility. An injured person may be rendered completely immobile following a back strain, and be unable to return to work for some time, especially if their job requires heavy or repetitive lifting. The ability to perform everyday physical activities may also be compromised, and a long-term back condition may involve months or years of pain and discomfort.
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Back Strains Among Office Workers
The British Chiropractic Association recently highlighted rapidly escalating incidence rates of repetitive back strain injuries among office workers. Most office work is carried out at workstations which are often not ergonomically designed for optimum posture, or otherwise not adjustable to the proper height for a particular worker. An awkward or slumped posture puts constant pressure on the muscles in the neck, back and shoulders. Physical and mental stress also increase the likelihood of back strains among office workers, due to the state of continual tension which stress places on the muscles.
Employers Are Responsible For Preventing Back Strains At Work
Employers must ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to minimise the risk of employees suffering back strains in the workplace. Working practices and ergonomics must be regularly risk assessed. Lifting and manual handling tasks should be mechanised wherever possible, and where lifting by hand is unavoidable, workers must be provided with the appropriate safety equipment to protect them from the risk of injury. Workers must not be required to lift excessive weights during shifts, and must be allowed regular breaks from physically-demanding tasks. Employers must also provide workers with proper training in safe manual handling techniques.
Claiming Compensation For Back Strains At Work
Our clients often ask us, can I claim compensation for a back strain at work? The answer is often yes, as employers are expected to take a number of steps in various circumstances to limit the risk of injuries among workers. Provided your claim relates to an accident that has taken place in the last three years, we can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. The vast majority of the claims we take on are successful.
Bartletts Solicitors have been protecting and supporting clients for 150 years and enjoy a reputation nationwide for trusted legal advice. We are specialists in back injury and back strain compensation claims, having successfully represented injured employees across a range of industries and professions. Call us today on 0800 158 2454 for a free consultation regarding your case or to begin a claim. You can also contact us for free legal advice via our new Live Chat function.
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- Delivery Driver Strained Back In Accident At Work
Mr Taylor was employed by a wholesale company as a multi-drop delivery driver. During one delivery, he was lifting a heavy cardboard box out of his van by the handles, when one of them broke, causing him to drop the box, violently wrenching his lower back in the process.
- Supermarket Delivery Van Driver Accident Compensation
Mr G worked for Tesco supermarket as a home shopping delivery driver. One day, three months into his employment, he was lifting some heavy boxes laden with groceries when he felt a sharp stabbing pain in his lower back.
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