There can be many types of back injury – from a muscular strain causing mild discomfort to more serious injuries which can have a permanent effect on the sufferer’s quality of life. In some serious cases, paralysis can occur. If the injury has been caused by the fault of somebody else (either a person or a company) you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Back injuries can occur in a number of different ways. Common examples include: car accidents causing injuries to the neck and back; workplace accidents causing back injuries from incidents involving a fall, a slip or a trip, lifting heavy items or from items falling.
Back Injury Compensation
While there is no single figure that is “correct” in a legal sense for every injury, there are guidelines to identify ranges of possible awards depending on the type of injury and the severity. The values listed below are for guidance only. A more specific estimate will only be possible once further information is obtained in relation to your injury. The figures below are for only the “pain and suffering” category that a court may award – the figures below do not include any wage loss or other categories of compensation that may or may not be open to you (for more information see What Can I Claim For?).
Minor back injury (less serious strains, sprains, disc prolapses, soft tissue injuries):
- Full recovery within a period up to 5 years (a variety of factors are considered) – range runs from a few hundred pounds (for a full recovery being made within three months) to £9,500 where a full or substantial recovery may take up to 5 years)
Moderate back injury:
- Muscle and ligament injury – often expected to give rise to symptoms for 5 years or more: £9,500 – £21,100
- Risk of osteoarthritis and or impact on sexual function: £21,100 – £29,000
Severe back injury:
- Severe injuries or long term injuries such as disc lesions or fractures leading to chronic conditions from which disabilities remain: £29,400 – £53,000
- Severe injuries that involve less serious, but still major problems such as bladder impairment, sexual problems, scarring and possibility of future complications: £56,300 – £67,200
- Severe injury (damage to spinal cord causing unusually serious consequences): £76,000 – £134,000
- Back injuries resulting in paralysis (quadriplegia or paraplegia): £166,000 – £307,000