Compensation for Back Injuries in an Accident
How much can I claim as compensation for back injuries in an accident at work? Will compensation include loss of earnings?
It is not possible to calculate how much you are entitled to claim as compensation for back injuries in an accident without further information on the exact nature of your injuries. The amount of compensation for back injuries in an accident will depend on many factors; such as how they have affected your mobility, the level of pain you are in and whether there are any long term implications to your health. Back injuries can be highly serious and debilitating, and can cause months of pain, suffering and permanent damage. Less serious back injuries may only involve slight muscular damage, and a full recovery may be possible in a matter of days or weeks. Relatively minor injuries would therefore result in far lower levels of back injury compensation being applicable.
In order for a solicitor to calculate how much compensation for back injuries in an accident you should be entitled to, all aspects of your injuries must be assessed. A solicitor will be able to assign a level of compensation for a back injury which is appropriate after an accurate diagnosis has been made by a medical expert in the field. Your own doctor may be in a position to diagnose your injury; however it is often necessary for a second opinion to be obtained by a specialist doctor when back injuries are concerned, as they can be difficult to accurately diagnose. A solicitor will be able to make arrangements for your back injury to be properly assessed, after which it will be possible to calculate an appropriate amount of back injury compensation.
In addition to this compensation figure – which is paid as general damages – it is possible to recover costs and expenses associated with your injury as “special damages”. Special damages are concerned with ensuring that you are in no worse position financially as a result of an injury than you would have been had the accident at work not occurred. As such, special damages can include any cost or expense which can be directly attributed to the accident and injuries sustained. This can include medical treatment costs, physiotherapy and home help costs, in addition to alternative transport costs if you are unable to drive as a result of your injury. Loss of earnings can also be included in a claim for special damages to recover any wages, regular overtime or pension contributions which are not being paid to you during your absence from work by your employer, or which may be clawed back by the Department of Work and Pensions.