Back and Neck Injuries

Liddy’s Solicitors are specialists in handling personal injury claims for people hurt in accidents at work or in a public place, and have successfully recovered damages for many clients who had suffered back or neck injuries.

Liddy’s Solicitors are specialists in handling personal injury claims for people hurt in accidents at work or in a public place, and have successfully recovered damages for many clients who had suffered back or neck injuries.

This type of injury can affect your life in many ways and if you were unfortunate enough to have been seriously hurt, you may have found that the consequences were life changing.

If someone else’s negligence was wholly or partly to blame for the accident in which you suffered your back or neck injury, Liddy’s specialist personal injury team can help you to make a compensation claim.

In addition to seeking financial payments for your suffering, loss of earnings and to cover expenses related to your injuries, we will help to organise the best possible treatment. We have close relationships with a number of excellent rehabilitation specialists, chiropractors, neurological physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and where appropriate can arrange assessments by independent medical experts.

Types of accidents that can cause back or neck injuries

There are various accident types that can result in back and neck injuries, either at work or while in a public building or place. Some of the most common are:

Road traffic accidents often cause back or neck injuries. Drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians are all at risk in the event of a crash and injuries can range from a minor case of whiplash to spinal cord damage.

Slips and trips as a result of slippery surfaces or hazards being left on walkways are a common cause of injuries, both in the workplace and in public areas. While most victims escape with nothing more than a couple of bruises and a feeling of embarrassment, the consequences of slips and trips can be serious.

Being hit by a falling object can lead to a serious neck injury. This type of incident is most likely to happen in workplaces such as construction sites when the correct procedures are not being followed.

Falls from height often cause back injuries, especially if you land on or jolt your back. Such falls typically happen in the workplace, but can also occur in locations such as shopping centres and hotels.

Faulty products such as stools, ladders or chairs can cause back or neck problems if they break or collapse. If this was something you purchased, keep the receipt and the product in its current state, but if it was something supplied by your employer, keep a record of the incident.

Lifting or carrying heavy objects has the potential to cause back injuries and should be avoided where possible. Suitable machinery for lifting should be available in the workplace, but full training must be given where lifting can only be done by hand.

Types of back and neck injuries

There are many different types of back and neck injury, which range in severity from those that cause temporary discomfort to those that result in paralysis. Each case is different and needs to be assessed on its own merits, but these are the most common types of injury that we see.

Slipped discs – pain from this type of injury is caused by pressure on a nerve or the spinal cord from bulges or ruptures.

Soft tissue injuries cause pain in the ligaments, tendons and nerves that have been damaged in the accident. A scan is usually needed to diagnose this type of injury, as it may not be visible on the body.

Broken neck or back. This type of injury always has the potential to be serious, but modern medical techniques mean many people who suffer damaged vertebrae make a full recovery. Unfortunately, if the spinal cord is damaged in the accident, the effects are likely to be permanent.

Can I claim compensation for my back or neck injury?

If you suffered your back or neck injury in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can claim compensation for your injuries and associated costs, such as loss of earnings, private medical treatment and ongoing care.

The Liddy’s personal injury team are experts in this type of claim and can guide you through every stage of the process from the initial consultation to negotiating a financial settlement.

Your solicitor will help you to demonstrate that the other party was negligent, organise the best possible medical treatment, deal with all the paperwork and calculate the damages to help ensure you receive all the money you are entitled to.

For an initial discussion about your back or neck injury claim, please complete the ‘How Can We Help You?’ form, call us at our Wakefield office on 01924 780753 or contact our Barnsley office on 01226 731314.