Claiming compensation for a back injury
Regardless of how your injuries came about, if you were not at fault for the accident which caused them, our team can help you get the compensation you deserve. Whether you suffered a back injury as a result of an MVA like a Car Crash, through the negligence of a medical practitioner or from a Workplace Incident, we’re here for you.
Suffering from a back injury is not only debilitating but also fraught with frustration. Back injuries can grind your life to a halt.
In some cases, the effects of a back injury are permanent. Even when it isn’t, they can take time heal. You may wonder if you’ll ever get your full mobility back.
We’ve seen how much of a financial impact a back injury can have, long periods of time off work with lower pay can leave you struggling to keep up with every day and special or unexpected expenses.
To us, this feels wrong, but we can help you make it right.
If you suffered an injury due to the carelessness or inaction of others, we can help you make a back injury claim.
We are a compassionate firm and never pressure you or anyone else into making a claim – we’re here to help you understand whether you could claim and to answer all of your questions. We can even help you make a no win, no fee back injury claim.
What is no win no fee?
A ‘no win no fee’ agreement guarantees you will not be financially liable if your claim isn’t successful. Our no win no fee agreement also protects you from upfront costs and hidden fees.
No two cases are the same. We look at each case on an individual basis so we can help you as best we can.
We’ll work hard to make sure you get the full amount of compensation you’re owed – your lawyer will take the following into consideration:
- Any medical treatment, medications, modifications made to your home
- Any care you’ve received, even if given for free by a family member
- Lost earnings due to recovery time
- The effect your injury has had on your social life and hobbies
- The wider effects on your family
Your compensation can’t take away your pain. But it can put things to right.
Types of back injuries
We’ve assisted many Australians in claims for compensation for a range of different back injuries. Some of these are listed below. If it isn’t, don’t worry. We may still be able to help.
Strains, sprains and pulls
Back injuries often happen when you least expect them. Back strains, sprains or pulls are caused when the muscle is over-stretched or torn. This can cause severe lower back pain and difficulty moving or standing. They could be caused by routine movements you do at work.
Lumbar spine trauma
Lumbar spine trauma is also known as lower back pain. It’s not the only cause of lower back pain, as trauma to your lumbar spine is relatively common. Even so, it can feel like a chronic pain.
There are four types of lumbar spine injuries:
- A fracture – bone break or crack
- A herniation – damage to or movement of the spinal discs
- A sprain – damage or a tear to the supporting ligaments
- A strain – muscular damage
Some back injuries can cause spinal cord damage, which can sometimes be the cause of para- or quadriplegia.
The spinal cord is your body’s central bundle of nerve fibres that travel down your spine.
These nerves connect almost all parts of the body to the brain – damage to the spinal cord tissue can cause paralysis, loss of sensation, spasms, or incontinence.
Brachial plexus injury
Your brachial plexus is a network of nerves in your spine sitting between your shoulder blades.
If the Brachial Plexus is damaged, it can cause an injury called brachial neuritis. (also called Parsonage-Turner syndrome.) The damage to your nerves can lead to feelings of numbness or tingling, as well as pain in the arms and hands. The injury can be life-changing.
Back injuries sustained in the workplace
You could sustain a back injury in an accident at work. It can feel natural to blame yourself for a workplace accident. In reality, your employer has a ‘duty of care’ to keep you safe.
Employers are required by law to train you correctly and supply the right equipment for you to be able to do your job properly and safely.
For example, if your job involves heavy lifting, training in proper technique (lifting from the legs) is mandatory.
Get in touch with us at 1300 106 107 for free, impartial advice and to find out whether you could make a claim.
Our mission is to offer advice. We’ll never rush or pressure you into claiming. If you do decide you’d like to go ahead, we can put you forward to one of our specialist lawyers. He or she will help you from beginning to end and walk you through the process.