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Claiming Compensation for Work Related Back Pain

Work related back pain is the principle cause of absenteeism among employees in the UK. The latest figures reported by the NHS show that 9.3 million working days were lost due to back pain and related musculoskeletal disorders in 2008/09, costing the economy in excess of A�5 billion a year. Most back problems affect the lower back, and are normally caused by strained or sprained muscles, tendons and ligaments. Very few of these types of injuries are likely to result in long-term medical conditions, though back pain does tend to recur, and disproportionately affects older workers whose bodies have been subjected to prolonged wear and tear. Even workers suffering from seemingly serious conditions such as slipped discs and trapped nerves usually make a full recovery within a relatively short space of time. Most back pain is avoidable however, and employers have a legal responsibility to take all reasonable measures to prevent workers from developing back injuries in the workplace.
Work related back pain can affect workers in any sector. Certain industries have a particularly high incidence, including agriculture, construction, transport and health (especially nursing). A recent survey of registered nurses found that 84% had suffered back pain during their careers which had caused restricted movement and adversely affected their job performance. Those in essentially sedentary occupations such as long-distance lorry drivers, and office workers spending most of their time in front of computers also face a far higher than average risk of developing back pain at work. Surveys show that work related back pain affects male and female workers in almost equal proportion.
The principle causes of work related back pain are lifting (manual handling) and poor posture. Lifting, pulling and pushing heavy or awkwardly shaped loads, especially on a regular basis, are common causes of back injury. Repetitive tasks such as bending, crouching, twisting and stretching may cause damage to the back over a period of time. Routine exposure to vibrations, operating a heavy duty drill or driving over rough terrain for example results in a similar effect, where the back is subjected to minor but constant strains. Posture also causes a variety of work related upper limb disorders and repetitive strain injuries, normally the result of poorly designed or adjusted work stations and office furniture. Other documented causes of back pain from work include working while physically tired and working under pressure in stressful conditions.
The fact that almost all types of back pain at work are preventable yet affect so many people has led to a raft of legislation which aims to minimise incidence rates. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 require employers to avoid hazardous manual handling tasks wherever possible by employing alternative working practices. The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 aims to limit the amount of vibrations which employees may be exposed to during the course of their work, while the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 imposes strict ergonomic requirements for work station set up and design. Risk assessments are the most essential responsibility of employers in relation to back pain at work, as they should eliminate potentially dangerous activities when properly performed. Those suffering from work induced back injuries which have caused pain and suffering, loss of earnings or medical expenses should seek the advice of a specialist solicitor to see whether they may be entitled to claim compensation. Bartletts Solicitors have been defending workers and their rights since 1860, and have extensive experience with all types of work related back injury compensation claims.…

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Sister In Law

Accident Compensation Claim – Have You Been An Injured Passenger?

In a traffic accident it may not only be the car and driver that suffer damage or injury. Any passenger in the car at the time of the accident may have to file an accident compensation claim due to the injuries sustained. It is also fairly likely, due to their lack of role in driving the vehicle that they have no blame attached to them for the accident.
A large number of accidents occur each year in which, unfortunately people sustain injuries of varying degrees that can have a negative impact on their lives and sometimes their long term prospects of life as it was prior to the accident. You could be a passenger in a car, bus, taxi, train, plane or on a motorcycle and sustain injury due to the actions of others. Whatever the type of transport in which you are travelling when you sustain your injuries you are entitled to file an accident compensation claim.
You are more likely to be seriously injured if you are the front seat passenger of the vehicle involved – even in some cases by those passengers sitting behind you who are thrown forward by the impact. It may be that the driver of the vehicle in which you are travelling is also free from blame in the accident.
As a passenger being transported in a vehicle of any type and you are involved in an accident you have a right to be protected from harm by the person in charge of the vehicle, ie, the driver. There is a legal duty of care to protect the safety of passengers and if this is breeched in a way that causes injury, the injured party can file an accident compensation claim. This claim is usually against the insurance company of the driver or the person who caused the accident.
Any claim for injury compensation depends on the extent of the sustained injuries and the impact the injuries on your every day life. For example, in cases of extreme injuries it may be that the injured party may need long term care. Their previous life style may have been completely destroyed. With lesser injuries there may be short term problems, but given time a full recovery is made. Each case will be assessed based on individual circumstances.
If you have been involved in an accident as vehicle passenger and have sustained injury it is important that you receive immediate medical attention at the time and seek expert legal advice as soon as possible who will ensure your accident compensation claim is filed correctly to give your claim the best chance of success.…

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Solicitor

Legal Advice: Do Not Risk Your Compensation Claim

If you have sustained an injury at work or have been involved in any form of accident, it can be quite a stressful and debilitating time in your life. In most cases, the injured party will be entitled to some form of compensation. On the other hand, people find that with the stress of just trying to survive and getting through the ordeal somehow make them feel they have no more time or extra energy to file a claim. This is why legal advice can be so helpful to anyone when filing a compensation claim, a motor vehicle claim, personal injury or work injury claim, the experts available know the ins and outs of local laws and can help make what is an extremely stressful time run more smoothly.
When a compensation claim is broken down to its basic elements, there are always two sides trying to win a battle. On one hand, you have the employer and or their insurers that will try to keep any damage awards as low as they possibly can. Whilst you on the other hand just want your rights respected and be given a fair and just compensation package. Because of the rivalry that exists when a compensation claim is filed it only makes sense that you would want someone on your side batting for you. If not, then it will be all you going up against your employer and their insurance firm. One thing for sure though, they will have a legal representation and this will give them the upper hand.
By seeking legal advice they can put you in touch with a personal injuries lawyer who will provide you with all the help you may need when filing your claim for compensation. This area of the law can be quite a difficult one to find your way through especially if you try to do things alone, depending on the circumstances there can be a lot of pitfalls that the average person just would not understand and legal jargon is bad enough in a straightforward case never mind a complex compensation claim. In many workplace injury claims, an accident can leave a person unable to return to work for weeks sometimes months as they recover, worse still upon recovery your injuries may leave you unable to continue with your current occupation and only able to find work of a lesser capacity. What if the injury left you unable to return to work at all with a permanent disability? This is why it is always advisable to seek professional help; after all there could be the rest of your life resting on your compensation reward.
This is where legal advice comes in, they will put you in touch with the right people to deal with so you can have a stress-free claim. Remember, spending some cash to acquire professional services is definitely advantageous to you when filing a compensation claim. Get help from the experts. They are the right people to talk to regarding your claims, as they are the ones well equipped in handling cases such as yours.…

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Legal Advice

Seeking Compensation For Your Injury

Sometimes, the circumstance in which an accident occurs bears the necessity for an attorney. In Michigan, you can find a number of experienced Detroit accident attorneys with very little stress. You can easily locate an accident attorney by searching on the Internet or in a phone book. Whichever method you use to locate an accident attorney, it is important that you do so as soon as possible. This applies whether you were the cause of the accident or if it was caused by someone else, as this nature of claim can be time sensitive.
If a police officer is present at the time of the accident, or is called on-scene, he or she may recommend that you contact an attorney to represent you. If you are at fault, your failure to engage the services of an attorney could result in you having to serve time in jail. If you are the injured party, you will need to seek a Detroit accident firm to help you obtain justice for the incident.
There are a number of questions you should ask your Detroit lawyer, such as the fee for their service. If you are on a budget, you may want to specifically seek a firm that works on a no-win/no-fee basis. This means that they only receive payment if your case wins, in which they take a percentage of the compensation awarded to you. If you have a hard time finding a firm with this payment option, see if you can find one that will give you a flat fee for the case, rather than an hourly rate.
If you are guilty of causing an accident, then it is important that you ask how you should plead. Your options are to either plead guilty or to go to court for a trial. If you have been injured, you might want to ask your attorney what their “plan of attack” is, so to speak. You will need to be aware of the evidence, which may include pictures of the injuries, vehicle, property, or repair/medical bills. Any other questions that you have should be openly voiced to your attorney. Good communication between an attorney and the client is the best way to reach a successful outcome.…