Bulging Disc Workers Compensation Settlement In The UK

By Max Malkovich. Last Updated 29th June 2022. Have you suffered pain in your neck or back and been diagnosed with a bulging disc? Did you know that if your job was the cause of your injury, and it could have been avoided if your employer had taken more care of your workplace health and safety, you could make a bulging disc workers compensation claim?

How Much Compensation Do You Get For A Bulging Disc?

This guide has been created to help those who are considering making a claim for compensation for a bulging disc suffered because of their employment. In the guide that follows, we offer guidance on the criteria that need to be met for you to claim bulging disc workers compensation in the UK, as well as how much compensation your case could achieve.

We also discuss how a personal injury solicitor from our panel could help you make such a  claim against your employer, and how Legal Helpline could help you move forward with a claim. If you have any questions about this guide or would like to begin a claim right away, simply call our team on 0161 696 9685 today.

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A Guide To Bulging Disc Workers Compensation Settlement UK

Musculoskeletal injuries can take many forms. According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2019/20, 5000,000 workers were said to be suffering with a new or long-standing musculoskeletal disorder related to their work.

The industries whose workers tend to suffer from such injuries the most are thought to be construction, agriculture and human health and social work.

Whatever industry you work in, your employer should attempt to reduce the risk of you developing a work-related illness or injury, and if they fail to do so and you suffer an injury, you could make a claim against them for compensation.

Bulging disc workers compensation settlement guide

Bulging disc workers compensation settlement guide

This guide aims to tackle the subject of claiming bulging disc workers compensation settlement in the UK in particular.

In the sections below, we discuss this type of injury in detail, answering questions about how serious such an injury could be, and when it could be appropriate to claim degenerative disc disease compensation. We also answer questions including:

  • Is a bulging disc a permanent injury?
  • If you have a bulging disc in your neck can you work?
  • Can you claim compensation if you have a bulging disc leading to time off work?
  • How much could a slipped disc payout be?

If you believe your employer has not taken care of your safety at work and this has led to you suffering a slipped disc injury, you can call us at any time for a free case assessment.

We could advise you on your options for making a claim and we could even connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

What Is A Bulging Disc Injury?

Before we look at back injury compensation examples in the UK, we should explain what a bulging disc injury is and how it can happen.

According to the NHS, a bulging or slipped disc happens when the soft tissue cushion between the bones in your spine pushes out from between the vertebrae.  If it presses on the nerves in your spine it can cause pain, tingling, numbness and weakness.

Is A Bulging Disc A Permanent Injury?

While most bulging disc injuries resolve themselves over time, and painkillers are the only treatment some people require, other cases may lead to chronic pain.

In severe cases, surgery may be required where other treatments have failed. However, in some cases, such an injury could lead to degenerative disc disease, which could lead to long-term chronic pain.

Treatments for such an injury could include lifestyle changes, painkilling injections and physiotherapy.

What Are The Symptoms of Bulging Discs Caused By Work?

Whether or not you’re looking to claim bulging disc compensation, let us discuss what the symptoms of a bulging disc could be, and how you could tell that it may have been caused by work.

Initially, the symptoms you may experience from a bulging disc could begin in the lower back or neck, but the pain might well spread to the buttocks, hips or legs if it is a disc in the lower back that is bulging.

If the disc that is bulging is in the neck, the pain could radiate through the shoulders and arms.

While the most common of symptoms of a bulging disc caused by work is pain, other symptoms may include weakness or numbness.

While the pain level may initially cause a little discomfort, over time it may worsen. Some certain tasks may make the pain worse, such as:

  • Standing
  • Lifting
  • Walking
  • Sitting for extended periods
  • Bending

The pain may also be worse at night. If you believe you may have symptoms, whether you are considering claiming for a bulging disc workers compensation settlement in the UK or not, you should seek medical advice. This way, more serious conditions could be ruled out and you could get the advice and treatment needed for optimal recovery.

Can You Work With A Bulging Disc?

One common question that those who’ve suffered a bulging disc could ask is “can you work with a bulging disc?”

While some forms of injury may cause more pain and discomfort than others, we would advise you to seek medical advice regarding this matter, as your doctor could not only take a look at your injury and give you a definitive diagnosis, but they could also take into account what you do for work before giving you an answer to this question.

There are certain jobs that may be difficult if not impossible for you to do while your disc is herniated. These could include those that involve heavy lifting, handling, and reaching.

What Types Of Work Could Cause A Bulging Disc?

An accident at work could happen in any workplace. Falls from height in particular could cause a bulging disc injury. If you’ve suffered a fall from height or another type of accident at work that has led to such an injury, we could check your eligibility to make a claim for compensation. A valid claim would involve proving the accident would not have happened had your employer taken better care of your health and safety at work.

While accidents at work could cause bulging disc injuries, some people could attribute their bulging disc injury to the type of work they do on a normal day. If you haven’t been provided with manual handling training or tools and equipment necessary to do your job safely, and you suffer a bulging disc injury because of this, you may find you have solid grounds to pursue bulging disc workers compensation in the UK too.

Who Could Make A Bulging Disc Compensation Claim?

Before we look at how much a bulging disc worker’s compensation settlement in the UK could be, let us take a look at the criteria for making a claim.

Firstly, you’d need to prove that your employer had failed in their responsibilities to protect your health and safety at work. In other words, that they breached their duty of care, which led to you suffering harm. They might have done so by:

  • Not providing manual handling training
  • Not risk assessing a job
  • Not providing tools for you to do the job safely
  • Expecting you to lift heavy loads alone
  • Not removing hazards from the workplace where it would be reasonable for them to do so
  • Not signposting workplace hazards that could not be removed

You would need to prove that your back injury was caused by your job, or by an accident at work that was not your fault. This would involve getting an independent assessment of your injuries, carried out as part of your claim.

If an independent medical assessment verifies your injuries and the report concluded that your injuries were likely caused by your employment or a workplace accident, this could go a long way to proving your case.

To learn more about whether or not you’re eligible to claim, please get in touch with our team on the number at the top of this page.

What Back Injury Compensation Could I Receive From A Personal Injury Claim?

This section will provide more information about potential compensation for a back injury at work.

If you want to know how much you could potentially claim in worker’s compensation for a back injury, you should know that your compensation could come under two heads of loss. This includes general damages and special damages.

General damages compensation relates to the pain, suffering and negative impact caused by the injury. As such, the amount of compensation you could receive for this head of claim depends on factors such as the extent of your injury and whether any permanent symptoms were caused.

Special damages can cover you for any financial losses caused by the injury, such as loss of earnings, travel expenses and care costs.

By learning more about what you could receive for general damages, you may get a better idea as to the potential value of specific injuries in the UK, such as herniated disc compensation.

What is the Average Payout For a Herniated Disc in the UK?

There are no average payouts in the UK for bulging disc compensation, as there isn’t for any injury. This is because there are many factors that can determine the compensation you receive from a successful claim.

The Judicial College Guidelines can give you a better idea of what you could receive for general damages. They provide information from successful court cases for Wales and England. The figures below have been taken from the latest 2022 guidelines. However, please bear in mind that these figures should only be used as guidance as many factors can dictate your potential compensation.

InjuryFurther NotesCompensation Bracket
Back injurySevere (i)£91,090 to £160,980
Back injurySevere (ii)£74,160 to £88,430
Back injurySevere (iii)£38,780 to £69,730
Back injuryModerate (i)£27,760 to £38,780
Back injuryModerate (ii)£12,510 to £27,760
Back injuryMinorUp to £12,510
Neck injurySevere (i)In the region of £148,330
Neck injurySevere (ii)£65,740 to £130,930
Neck injurySevere (iii)£45,470 to £55,990
Neck injuryModerate (i)£24,990 to £38,490
Neck injuryModerate (ii)£13,740 to £24,990
Neck injuryModerate (iii)£7,890 to £13,740
Neck injuryMinorUp to £7,890

If you would like an estimate that relates to your injury, please contact us for free using the above details.

What Could My Settlement Compensate Me For?

You could also be awarded costs that you have incurred because of the injuries sustained. Some examples of what you can recover are:

  • Care costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel costs
  • Loss of earnings, both past and in the future if you’re no longer able to work

To claim these costs back successfully, you’d have to provide evidence of them. Payslips, bank statements and receipts could be useful in helping you do so.

To learn what else you can include within a bulging disc compensation claim, please give our personal injury advisers a call.

What Steps Should I Take If I Had A Bulging Disc Injury At Work?

Whether or not you intend to claim herniated disc workers compensation in the UK or not, there are certain steps it could be wise for you to take if you believe you’ve suffered such an injury:

  1. Seek medical attention – seeing a doctor whether you intend to make a claim or not could give you the best chance of making an optimal recovery
  2. Take photos of the scene of your injury (if you’ve had a workplace accident, photographs of the scene could be useful in proving your claim).
  3. Take witness details. If anyone has witnessed an accident in which you were injured, it might be a good idea to take down their details so they could provide a statement if it is required.
  4. Seek legal advice. Even if you are not considering claiming bulging disc workers compensation initially, you could get advice on your eligibility. If you’d like free advice based on your own unique case, we’d be happy to provide you with this over the phone.

No Win No Fee Bulging Disc Workers Compensation Settlement UK

Claiming compensation from an employer could be rather daunting, but a personal injury lawyer could make the process less stressful by taking on the legwork of proving your claim and negotiating a compensation settlement for you.

You could instruct a solicitor that doesn’t ask for any legal fees upfront or until your claim was completed. This is what is known as a No Win No Fee claim.

You’d first need to sign a No Win No Fee agreement. This is a contract between you and the lawyer which sets out how much you’d pay them if they achieved a compensation payout for you.

The success fee is capped and represents a small proportion of your payout. It is only payable if compensation is achieved. If your lawyer doesn’t get you compensation, you don’t have to pay them for the costs they’ve incurred while they were fighting your claim, nor would you pay them the success fee.

If you’d like to learn more about making a No Win No Fee claim, or you’d like to be connected with a personal injury solicitor from our panel who could take your case on under these terms, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

How Do I Start My Claim?

Beginning a claim for bulging disc workers compensation could be made easier by calling the team at Legal Helpline.

We would assess your case to see if you could be eligible to make a claim and if your claim has solid grounds, we can link you to a personal injury lawyer from our specialist panel to help you take your case forward.

All you need to do is call us and tell us what’s happened. We’ll then clarify what options you have. To speak to our personal injury advisers:

Quick Links

Find A Physio – This service helps you find a physiotherapist if it has been identified that this treatment could help you.

NHS Back Pain And Disability – Here, you can find an article from the NHS about back pain and disability.

NHS Back Pain – This informative post explains more about pain experienced in the back.

Thank you for reading our guide to bulging disc workers compensation settlements in the UK.

 

Guide by JJ

Edited by REB