Your back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles and tissues and can easily be damaged by any sudden jolt, direct impact or excessive amount of strain put upon it. Back injury settlement is the amount of compensation you receive when any injury has been caused to your back by the negligent actions (or inactions) of another. This could include, but is not limited to:
- If your back is injured in a road traffic accident when your vehicle is in collision with another
- If you have lifted a heavy object in the workplace without sufficient training or supervision
- If you have slipped on the unlit steps of a restaurant and fallen onto your back
Your first priority, should you find yourself in one of these situations, is to get to a hospital and have your back examined by a medical practitioner. This is best done in an ambulance, as moving when you have hurt your back can create further damage, and you may even find that it reflects on the back injury settlement you receive.
Your accident should have been recorded in an “Accident Report Book” by the Gardai, your employer or the proprietor of the restaurant, and you should try to obtain a copy of the relevant entry to accompany your medical notes when you make a claim for back injury settlement. Because of the potential value of a back injury settlement, you should also seek the advice of an experienced personal injury claims solicitor.
Making a Claim for Back Injury Settlement
There are many benefits in using an experienced personal injury claims solicitor when making a back injury claim, none more so than having your application form to the Injuries Board Ireland comprehensively completed in order to maximise the amount of back injury compensation you will receive. A major part of the back injury settlement will be comprised of the “special damages” you are entitled to receive for ongoing care, rehabilitation and loss of earnings. Should your back injury mean that you are unable to care for small children or elderly relatives, your special damages should also include the provision of paid care for them during your incapacity, and a solicitor would ensure that these additional costs were integrated into your back injury settlement.
Your solicitor will also act as an advisor to you if the negligent party denies their responsibility for your back injury, or claims that you contributed to your injuries by your own actions – for example, if you got up and took yourself to hospital, rather than waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Also, in many cases where you might find a significant back injury settlement could be awarded, you are likely to be approached by the negligent party´s insurance company with an offer of early back injury settlement in return for a reduced amount of back injury compensation. Again, a solicitor will be able to advise you whether their offer constitutes a fair and adequate offer or he will negotiate on your behalf to obtain a more realistic amount of back injury settlement.
Free Back Injury Claims Advice
Because of the complexity of a back injury claim and the number of obstacles you may be faced with before receiving your back injury settlement, you are invited to contact our free back injury claims advice service on 1800 911 940. Our service enables you to discuss your back injury claim with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor, receive some helpful and practical advice and up to date information about how much back injury compensation you may be entitled to.
Lines to our free back injury claims advice service are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm, seven days a week, and you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim for back injury settlement once you have spoken with us. We also operate a free call-back service should you wish to be contacted by one of our team, and to take advantage of this service, kindly leave your contact details in the call-back box at the foot of the page and one of our friendly team will get back in touch with you
Call us now on 1800 911 940 or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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- 100% Confidential consultation with an experienced solicitor
- 100% Clear, helpful and practical advice on making a back injury claim
- 100% Up to date information about back injury settlements
- 100% No pressure to proceed with a back injury claim
What You Can Expect When You Call
Our solicitors have many years experience in helping clients with personal injury claims for compensation – particularly in very serious cases such as a back injury claim – and we fully understand the trauma you will have suffered, the pain you are currently in and your concerns about your physical and financial wellbeing in the future.
We will ask you to describe to us the circumstances surrounding your back injury, what treatment was administered at the time and what ongoing care you are receiving. We will also want to know what impact your back injury has made to your quality of life and those around you. These details will help us to make a preliminary assessment of your entitlement to back injury compensation.
Once we have established that you have a claim for back injury settlement which is worth your while to pursue, we should be able to advise you on the process of making a back injury claim, how long it would take for your back injury claim to be resolved and how much back injury settlement we would expect you to receive.
You are, of course, welcome to ask as many questions as you believe are relevant during our conversation, and we usually conclude each initial conversation with a summary of what we have discussed and ensuring that you have understood all of our answers. We also provide you with a list of options for your consideration.
You are under no obligation to act on any of our suggestions, and many of our clients have found it useful to discuss our advice with family and friends before deciding how to proceed. You are invited to contact our free back injury claims advice service again should these discussions raise more questions, but you are advised not to delay contacting us in the first place.
Claims for back injury settlement only have a period of two years before they become time-barred and as cases may take a while to compile, you should call our free back injury claims advice service on 1800 911 940 at your earliest convenience. Please remember that we also operate a call-back service for your convenience, so we look forward to hearing from you one way or the other soon.