Last updated on December 3rd, 2021
A slipped disc can be a painful injury caused when a vertebral disc gets compressed, moves out of alignment or is displaced. There are several reasons why this can happen. Natural causes such as aging may be largely unavoidable. However, slipped disc injuries caused due to negligence in the workplace should be prevented by putting proper precautionary measures in place. If you have suffered a slipped disc at work because of somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
What Causes Slipped Disc Injuries At Work?
Any type of physical work that puts unnatural pressure on the spine can result in a slipped disc injury. Lifting heavy objects and persistent vibration are among the most common causes of slip disc injuries in the workplace.
- Lifting heavy objects – In many workplaces, at least some if not all heavy lifting is done using appropriate equipment. However, it is virtually impossible to fully automate this aspect in all workplaces. When lifting manually, using the wrong lifting techniques can cause the disc to get compressed or slip out of place. If you believe your slipped disc has been caused by heavy lifting you may wish to also refer to our lifting injury claims advice.
- Persistent vibration – When operating heavy machinery or driving heavy vehicles for extended periods of time without adequate breaks, the constant vibration can cause the disc to slip out from between the vertebrae, resulting in a slipped disc injury.
In both the above cases, the employer is required by law to provide workers with appropriate training in safe work techniques. They are also required to provide employees with the appropriate personal protective equipment to minimise the risk of injury. Failure to do so would be considered negligence. If your slipped disc at work resulted from such negligence, you should speak to a personal injury solicitor about your right to claim compensation.
Occupations at high risk for slipped disc injuries include but are not limited to:
- Construction workers
- Factory workers
- Long-distance lorry and truck drivers
- Workers employed in heavy industries such as steelworks or mining
- Warehouse workers
- Landscape gardeners
What To Do If You Experience A Slipped Disc At Work
A sudden, intense pain in the lower back that makes it impossible for you to continue any activity is usually the first indication that you’ve suffered a slipped disc at work. Depending on the location of the slipped disc, this may also be accompanied by severe neck pain or pain in the hips, buttocks or legs.
If you experience any of the symptoms of a slipped disc while at work, you should get medical attention immediately. If you cannot move, call for an ambulance or ask a colleague to take you to the hospital so you can receive proper treatment for your slipped disc. Without proper medical intervention, this type of injury can have long term consequences.
Here are a few other things you can do to help support your slipped disc injury at work claim:
- File a written report in the accident book. It is mandatory for every workplace to have an accident book. Make sure to record the time, date and place of the accident, as well as events that may have led to the injury. Keep a signed copy of the report for yourself.
- Get photographs showing the cause of the accident, whether it was a heavy object or heavy machinery.
- Keep any medical reports and any receipts so you can get the money reimbursed.
- Get in touch with a personal injury solicitor to find out about your legal right to claim compensation.
Making A Slipped Disc Injury Claim
If you have suffered a slipped disc injury at work but aren’t sure whether you are entitled to compensation, speaking with a personal injury solicitor in a free consultation allows you to get an expert opinion without having to pay for the privilege. You can easily arrange that now by calling 0800 6524 881 or filling out the callback form on this page.
If you have a strong case in your favor, most personal injury solicitors will also offer to fund your slipped disc injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis. In our case to put it simply this means you would only pay a fee if your slipped disc injury claim is successful and compensation has been received. The fee is set as a percentage of no more than 25% and is deducted directly from the compensation. If your claim is unsuccessful, you don’t pay anything at all. This means you are never out of pocket at any time.
How Much Compensation Can You Expect For A Slipped Disc At Work Claim?
There is no fixed amount that is awarded to all claimants who experience a slipped disc at work. The compensation you will receive will depend primarily on the severity of your slipped disc injury (general damages) and your actual monetary losses (special damages). The difference between general damages and special damages are explained on this page.
To demonstrate what levels of compensation are currently advised for various injuries such as back and neck injuries you can use our compensation calculator below. These compensation amounts relate to general damages only as special damages need to be calculated by our solicitor as every slipped disc claim is unique.
Monetary losses take into consideration factors such as your total medical expenses, cost of travel for treatment purposes, loss of wages from being unable to go to work, cost of home care, and cost of mobility aids or structural changes to accommodate your loss of mobility. If your herniated disc injury is severe enough to require long term treatment, your solicitor will also add the projected medical cost to your claim.
If you’ve suffered a slipped disc injury at work, it’s important not to delay getting in touch with a personal injury solicitor. There is typically a 3-year limit for filing compensation claims, which means your claim must be filed within 3 years from the date of the accident, or when the slipped disc injury was diagnosed.
Please contact us today if you would like to discuss a slipped disc at work claim with a personal injury solicitor.