An injury to the back can cause pain so debilitating as to keep the injured person from being able to enjoy even the simplest things in life like taking a stroll to the local shops.
Proving back pain can be difficult and because of this difficulty many solicitors have said that a back injury claim is one of the hardest to win. The truth is these types of injuries are difficult, but not impossible, to prove.
What To Do After A Back Injury
If you have recently suffered a work related back injury and feel as though you should be compensated you need to collect the following information to help in a claim:
- The date of the accident.
- Who was present when the accident occurred.
- What you were doing prior to the accident.
- What you were doing that might have contributed to the accident.
- Medical records proving you have seen a doctor about the back injury.
- The name of your works manager.
- What your manager said about the accident.
- Proof that you have lost time from work.
Often we do not realise how severely we are injured until weeks or months have passed after the back injury happened. Once you understand that the back pain you are enduring is related to the injury caused because of negligence then you should seek compensation to help you pay for the cost of treating your injuries.
Gather all of the data you might have (including the above) that tells the story of your back injury, and the medical costs you have acquired because of that injury. Take the time to write down the information in chronological order if you can.
Start with your name and contact information, then write who you were employed by when you believe the back injury occurred, then write the name of your works manager and any contact information you have.
Write down what your position at the company was and what you think happened to injure your back.
Write down the names of any other employees who might be able to collaborate your version of events.
Write down the names and contact information of any medical providers you have seen about the back injury and pain. Write down any medical tests you have undergone and what the general diagnosis is concerning your back.
Back Injury Solicitors
Go to see a solicitor that handles personal injury cases. Try to find one that handles back injuries frequently. You have three years from the time that you realise that the pain you are in is associated with an employment related injury.
When you are choosing a solicitor there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Go see a solicitor that offers a free first consultation visit so you do not feel obligated to hire them simply because you have already spent some money.
- Choose a solicitor that speaks with confidence and has the experience to back up their confidence.
- Choose a solicitor that you feel comfortable with. If you are comfortable with the person you are more likely to trust their opinion and follow their advice.
- Choose a solicitor that has a no win no fee arrangement. The no win no fee delays any charges from the solicitor until they win the case and you get a monetary settlement. Some solicitors will have you pay for simple things like filing fees and medical reports, but they will not charge you any solicitor fees unless you win your case. When you do win the solicitor will take a percentage of your compensation as their fee. This percentage may be as high as 25 percent.
- Ask friends, relatives, and neighbours if they have ever had dealings with the solicitor before. Personal references from people you know often boost the amount of confidence you will have in a solicitor.