Suppose you’ve suffered a back or spinal cord injury due to a workplace injury, slip, trip or fall, a motor vehicle accident, motorcycle crash or any other type of accident. In that situation, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. You first need to consider whether the party who caused your injuries was partially or entirely at fault. If your spine or back accident was the outcome of someone else’s negligence, you could make a compensation claim.

If you have been damaged due to someone else’s negligence, our back and spinal cord injury lawyers can help you understand your opportunity to pursue compensation. We aim to ensure fair treatment for Queenslanders who suffer back and spinal injuries to get their life back on track.

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Compensation for Spine and Back Injuries

A spinal injury can permanently change your life and make you unable to do many things you once took for granted. This damage can affect your ability to perform regular daily tasks, earn an income, care for your loved ones, and much more.

Compensation from a spinal injury claim or back injury claim cannot repair your spine. However, it can help you meet the costs associated with your changed living conditions and relieve some of the money problems that will present when you cannot work.

No Win, No Fee, No Risk

Splatt Lawyers believe in a “fair go” for all Queenslanders impacted by a spine or back injury. You need expert legal insights for your compensation matter, but you most likely do not have the funds to pay legal fees. For this reason, we offer all our legal services on a 100% no win, no fee basis.

When you choose to work with our personal injury lawyers for your legal matter you will pay no legal fees until you achieve settlement. You also pay no upfront or ongoing legal fees. Pay nothing at all until you win your case. If you don’t win, you owe us nothing. Because of our no win, no fee funding, you carry no financial risk.

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What is a Back or Spine Injury?

Back injuries are common in Queensland. Research shows that 50%of all back pain is caused by accident at work or in your home, and the other half of spinal injuries are not accident related.

Spine and back injury claims often result from a workplace accident, with 1 in 5 severe work compensation cases associated with back or spine damage.

Other common causes of damage to the back include:

  • a slip or fall
  • accident in a public place
  • repetitive lifting
  • carrying heavy objects
  • unsafe working conditions
  • sports and recreational activities
  • motor vehicle and road accidents

It’s not just from Heavy Lifting

 Many of us may have experienced that horrible sinking feeling when we know we have pushed ourselves too hard, lifting a heavy object or twisting or bending awkwardly. The pain can be excruciating, and the result can mean weeks or months of rehabilitation, physiotherapy, and potentially long periods off work without pay.

What you may not be aware of is that other causes of back pain can be the result of sustained smaller over-stress and over-use injuries. These are often caused by repetitive tasks in a work environment with poor ergonomics, where workloads are not allocated evenly, or appropriate rest breaks scheduled to reduce the risk of you getting over tired or injured.

Either way, the resulting injury and discomfort can be highly stressful and substantially negatively impact your quality of life, and the lives of those around you.

Claiming Compensation under WorkCover QLD

 If your injury happened at work or on your journey to or from work, your employer would be insured by WorkCover Queensland. The WorkCover process can seem daunting, especially if you are trying to manage your recovery and get your life back on track.

At Splatt Lawyers, we have expert injury lawyers who handle workplace injury claims and can guide you through this complex process. We offer a free initial consultation where our lawyers will assess your claim and explain your rights and what you can expect during the legal process.

Spine & Back Trauma from a Road Accident

Back injury and spinal cord damage are not always work-related. If you have been involved in a road accident such as a car crash or pedestrian accident, you could have sustained an impact on your spine or back. In this case, depending on who was responsible, you could have a Compulsory Third Party claim (or another type of legal claim) against the insurer of the other motorist. The Civil Liability Act governs this type of compensation claim 2003 applies, in association with the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994.

Our motor vehicle accident solicitors will help you know your rights and support you through the CTP claim process. There is no fee to review your case and for initial legal advice.

What if You Can No Longer Work?

Sometimes due to bad luck or a combination of factors outside your control, you may end up involved in an accident with more severe and permanent consequences. In such a case, you may be eligible to make a TPD claim through your superannuation fund and be entitled to receive a lump sum payment.

Common Claims for Spinal Cord Injuries

Paraplegia – Damage to the lower body region, either full or partial, where the lower limbs are impacted, but someone can still use their arms and hands.

A paraplegic patient may experience pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, burning sensations, muscle atrophy and contractures. A paraplegic patient may be able to maintain some degree of mobility and function in their upper body. However, they may lose bladder and bowel control and require assistance with self-care activities such as bathing, dressing and grooming.

Quadriplegia – Damage to the Cervical Region (Broken Neck) can result in loss of control over all four limbs

Damage to the spine can cause lasting paralysis of both the arms and legs. This type of injury usually occurs when the head strikes the ground during a fall, car accident or sports injury. If the spinal cord is completely separated, there is no recovery possible. However, even though the nerves are cut off, partial injuries may allow some movement and sensation to return to the extremities.

Generally speaking, a damaged spinal column can mean a loss of feeling, strength, coordination, and bladder and bowel control. Some patients may regain some motor function and sensory feedback, while others may never recover full function.

Consequences of Back and Spinal Injury

Back injuries usually do not cause immediate pain but become apparent over time as symptoms develop. These symptoms include:

  • Persistent and debilitating pain
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs
  • Difficulty walking, standing up straight or moving around
  • Problems getting out of bed or sitting down
  • Loss of bladder control

Lack of sleep

Suffering from a spine or back injury often goes hand in hand with never being able to find a comfortable and pain-free sleeping position. Pain killers and medication may provide temporary relief but are unlikely to get you through the night.

The long-term effects of poor or interrupted sleep are well known and can lead to one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Reduced alertness
  • Shortened attention span
  • Slower than standard reaction time
  • Poorer judgement
  • Reduced decision-making skills
  • Poorer memory
  • Reduced concentration
  • Increased likelihood of mentally ‘stalling’ or fixating on one thought
  • Increased chance of moodiness and lousy temper
  • Reduced work efficiency
  • Loss of motivation
  • Microsleep – brief periods of involuntary sleeping ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Any of these symptoms can seriously impact your quality of life and your ability to work. You may also be putting yourself at risk of further injury or accident.

Mood Swings, Stress and Mental Illness

Long periods of interrupted sleep and constant pain without the proper support and treatment can put further stress and strain on you and your family.

In more severe cases, this could lead to issues of anxiety and depression.

Getting your life back on track

If I have suffered a back injury, how can I restore the balance and regain my quality of life?

If you haven’t already received medical support or treatment for your injury or your recovery is taking longer than expected, it might be worth seeking the help and support of an experienced injury solicitor.

Splatt Lawyers have been responsible for successfully assisting many injured people in Queensland to meet their treatment and rehabilitation costs when they need it most. We provide informed legal advice to help you understand your legal rights and guide you through the compensation process.

It is important to understand that personal injury claims for spinal cord damage or back injury can be more challenging to litigate as the stakes can be higher than other injury claims. Back injuries are frequently life-altering, and your medical and rehabilitation costs can be considerable.

Back and Spine Injury Compensation FAQ’s

Symptoms of spinal cord injury include extreme back pain or pressure in the neck, head or back; weakness, incoordination or inability to move parts of your body; numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the hands, fingers, feet, or toes; loss of bladder or bowel control; difficulty with balance and walking. These are some of the common symptoms of spinal cord trauma.

If you think you have suffered back or spine trauma, you should seek medical attention immediately.

  • Any trauma to the head or spine can cause life-threatening problems.
  • Seek emergency care if you experience symptoms such as loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, numbness, weakness, pain, tingling, headache, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or inability to move limbs.
  • Symptoms often appear within minutes to hours after the accident.

The length of time between your accident and getting medical help can be critical to your recovery and the extent of permanent damage.

Back pain is one of the frequent reasons people seek medical attention. It’s the leading reason why people miss work each week. The most common cause of lower-back injury is muscle strain. This damage happens when you pull something or put too much pressure on a particular area of your body. For example, lifting heavy objects without proper training could lead to muscle strain. A sudden jolt in a vehicle crash or a sudden movement, bump or knock could do the same thing. Sometimes, even a tiny action can aggravate a pre-existing problem.

The compensation you will receive is determined by comparing your pre-injury life to your post-injury life. Your settlement will include the following considerations:

  • The severity of your injuries – how much has it impacted your life.
  • Your retirement age – how many working years do you have left.
  • Your occupation – if you can’t return to your regular job, you may receive more compensation
  • Your physical state – how your injury has impacted your quality of life
  • If you have any preexisting medical conditions that impacted the severity of your injury.

If you’ve been harmed due to someone else’s negligence, you’re probably asking yourself why you need a personal injury solicitor. Many people don’t realise they need one until they are involved in a severe accident. Here are some of them:

  1. You want to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
  2. You want to ensure that you receive prompt attention from medical professionals.
  3. You want to protect your legal rights during negotiations with the responsible party’s insurer.
  4. You want to avoid having to go through the entire claim process alone at a time when you are feeling vulnerable.
  5. You want to ensure that you have access to the best care for your injuries.

The definition of a “back injury” varies depending on your state. Some states define it as anything that affects your back, while others require that you suffer some physical damage. In Queensland, any work-related injury to your back qualifies under workers’ compensation laws.

Our back injury lawyers can assist you with legal support for workers’ compensation if you

1) are classified as an employee of the workplace where the accident occurred

2) you injured your back at work (or in some cases, on the way to or from work)

Your work accident does not have to be directly related to performing your work duties. For example, falling down the stairs at your workplace is still a work-related accident.

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