What is a lower body injury?
Lower body injuries can affect anywhere from your lower back to the tips of your toes. In many cases, you will be able to make a full recovery, but if you have suffered certain injuries, your compensation claim may have to take permanent damage into account. This includes things such as pelvic injuries that leave you incontinent or infertile, and lower back injuries that mean you might have to change your occupation completely.
Who is responsible if I have suffered a lifting injury?
Lots of jobs involve heavy lifting, and so many people think that if lifting has damaged their lower back, it's just an occupational hazard. The fact is that, by law, every employer has a Duty of Care to make sure that your job doesn't cause you illness or injury. So if your back has been damaged by heavy lifting in the workplace, it's possible that your employer failed to give you the training or the lifting equipment you needed, and also failed to properly assess the risks to your health from repeated heavy lifting. Where this has happened, you may have the right to claim compensation for your lifting injury, whether you have suffered a hernia or damaged your back.
What if a lower body injury leaves me unable to work?
Many people who have suffered lower body injuries find that as well as losing the mobility they once had, they are unable to return to work due to a permanent weakness or disability. We see lots of cases where a back or leg injury means that people won't ever be able to return to their former job, especially if it involved manual labour, heavy lifting, or being on your feet for long periods of time. In these cases, we might ask that the full and final settlement of your injury compensation claim includes money to help pay for retraining as well as rehabilitation and loss of earnings.
Can I get an interim payment for a lower body injury?
In cases where an injury that wasn't your fault has left you unable to work, we would usually ask the 'at fault' party to make an interim payment as soon as they have accepted liability. This can help you to keep the bills paid, and start paying for any rehabilitation, which is important as rehabilitation is often more successful if it is started as soon as possible. In cases where your lower body injury is going to be a permanent problem, this interim payment may also include money to pay for things like a house move or alterations to your home and car.
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