A back injury is no laughing matter… The worst part is when people say ‘Oh me too – I have a bad back as well.’
This happens a lot, people downplay the seriousness of an injury and back injuries often get ignored in the workplace unless they require paramedics on the scene immediately.
This issue is a recurrent one across all industries and back injuries no matter how severe can cause you a lot of pain and affect your day to day life. Perhaps even your ability to work, or the ableness to work to your full ability.
There are a number of different back injury scenarios in the workplace:
1. Lifting Injury
2. Traffic Injury
3. Colleague Negligence Injury
4. Slip Injury
5. Fall Injury
6. Posture Injury
In all cases here there is negligence, and usually these injuries are totally preventable. Health and safety training is mandatory to provide for employers… Traffic injuries such as getting hurt by a forklift truck should be preventable if people are paying attention to their training.
Slips and falls are most common. Caution signs should be placed when there is a wet surface, it’s not simply forgetfulness or somebodies quirky nature when you slip and get hurt it’s them being negligent and not acting as a professional in their place of work.
They have a duty to ensure they do not endanger other colleagues, as do employers with employees.
Perhaps the most important aspect of a back injury is knowing that you must report this to your manager or supervisor. This should then be logged and obviously you should see your doctor about this.
If the back injury is serious and ends up costing you in some area of your life, be it work, personal or financial then you have the right to make a claim to receive recompense for this.
A common scenario is for those who suffer a slipped disc… This involves surgery, extensive time off of work and rehabilitation. You should not have to pay for this when the injury was not your fault in the first place.
There are stringent laws in the UK that mean so long as you suffered the injury in the last 3 years that you can make a claim… It is actually your legal right to do so!
Here at DriveABC we don’t want people suffering from what most would claim to be trivial, no big deal and brushed under the rug.
So please if you know somebody who has been in this scenario pass the article along and let them know that we’re a friendly free advice team who offer online consulting.