Back Injury Compensation

Hover over an area of the body to find out how much compensation you could expect to receive for an injury to that area.


Up to £ 110,000.
Minor injury up to £ 8,000.


Up to £ 85,000.
Minor injury up to £ 12,000.


Up to £ 130,000.
Minor injury up to £ 4,000.


Up to £ 70,000.
Minor injury up to £ 8,000.

Back Injury Compensation


Why Choose Blackwater Law to Handle Your Back Injury Compensation Claim?

Blackwater Law is one of the leading back injury compensation law firms in the UK. With over 45 years’ experience of handling personal injury compensation claims for a wide range of back problems, we have the necessary knowledge and expertise to give you the best possible chance of securing compensation for your back injury. So if you or a close relative have suffered a back injury through no fault of your own, call us on 0800 083 5500 for a free, one-hour consultation to assess the strength of your case. You can trust in Blackwater Law to secure the maximum possible compensation on your behalf.

Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers understand that a back injury of any sort can have a serious affect on the quality of your life, your ability to work and your ability to provide for your family. Back injuries can sometimes lead to prolonged periods of time off of work, which can have a crippling impact financially as well as physically and psychologically. As a result of this, a portion of your back injury compensation claim will include compensation for all of the financial losses, inconveniences and expenses you incur as a result of your back injury.

Blackwater Law is recognised as one of the leading firms of personal injury lawyers in the country, so you can rest assured you will always receive sound, reliable legal advice. We have vast experience of handling compensation claims for a variety of different back injuries, including sprains and strains, soft tissue damage, slipped discs and fractured vertebrae. We also handle personal injury compensation claims for injuries to other parts of the body, such as wrist injuries, arm injuries and knee injuries.

What Type of Back Injury Can I Claim Compensation For?

Back injuries can happen in a number of different ways, and identifying what type of injury you have sustained and how it has affected your life will be crucial to the success of your back injury compensation claim, as your financial settlement will depend largely on how much long term pain and / or disability you suffer as a result of your back problem. The severity of a back injury can vary tremendously, from someone being in pain for only a few weeks to being permanently disabled or in pain for life.

Soft Tissue Strains

The soft tissues of the back include the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. If any of these soft tissues are damaged or strained, the resulting pain can have a serious impact on the person’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities effectively. Soft tissue damage will probably not be visible on the outside of the body and may not show up on an x-ray or scan, but the pain can be very real and can take a long time to subside. Whiplash is also classed as being a soft tissue injury and is a common injury in road traffic accidents.

Herniated Discs

Although the term ‘slipped disc’ is commonly used when referring to this type of injury, it is more accurately described as a ‘prolapsed disc’ or ‘herniated disc’. A herniated disc occurs when the disc bulges or ruptures and the internal material presses on a nerve or the spinal cord itself. A herniated disk can cause extreme pain, numbness and/or weakness in an arm or leg. On the other hand, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disk. The majority of people who suffer a herniated disk do not need surgery to correct the problem.

Fractured Vertebrae

A fracture or dislocation of a vertebra can cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Most spinal fractures are the result of workplace accidents, sports injuries or road traffic accidents. Fractures and dislocations of the bony vertebrae can result in debilitating spinal cord damage. Depending on how severe your injury is, you may experience pain, difficulty walking, or be unable to move your arms or legs (paralysis). Many fractures heal with conservative treatment; however severe fractures may require surgery to realign the displaced bones.

Back Injury Treatment

If you injure your back in an accident (for example a car accident or a workplace accident), as a result of some form of medical negligence (such as in a defective operation procedure at hospital) or through a criminal act of violence (for instance an assault) – it is likely that you will be able to claim compensation for your back injury from the person or company considered ‘legally at fault’ or ‘legally responsible’ for your injury. Whatever your personal circumstances, if you have suffered a back injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you can begin a ‘no win, no fee‘ knee injury compensation claim today.

How Much Injury Compensation Am I Likely to Receive?

  • Minor back injuries such as a strain or muscle injury that produce painful symptoms for somewhere between a few weeks and two years could warrant back injury compensation amounts of between £1,500 and £5,500.
  • If you have suffered a strain, muscle injury or a prolapsed disc (where corrective surgery is not necessary) and painful symptoms persist for between two and five years, you could be awarded back injury compensation of between £5,500 and £9,000.
  • More serious back injuries can produce a range of conditions, and may necessitate an invasive medical procedure known as a “laminectomy” to remove part of the spinal vertebra. If this is required in your case, or if you have experienced spinal fusion, acceleration of degeneration in, or crush fractures to, the spine you could be awarded compensation of between £9,000 and £27,500.
  • In the most severe cases back injury can result in paralysis, sexual difficulties and / or impaired functioning of your organs. These cases can warrant compensation amounts of between £25,500 and £115,000.

What Do I Have to Do to Make a Back Injury Claim?

The first thing you should do before making a back injury compensation claim is to contact Blackwater Law and speak to one of our personal injury lawyers. You can call us directly on 0800 083 5500 to get free initial advice about your injury and our ‘no win, no fee’ service. When you contact us, you will speak directly to a specialist back injury expert who will be able to quickly assess your back injury compensation claim and provide expert legal advice on the appropriate course of action to take.

Blackwater Law is recognised as one of the leading personal injury solicitors in the industry by the Legal 500, an independent ranking directory of the UK’s top law firms. The Legal 500 team individually review the performance of every law firm within their directory, focusing on the quality of the legal services provided and the skills and expertise of the members of the team (including partners and associates).

Your Blackwater Law personal injury solicitor will help you through each stage of the legal process and will keep you up-to-date on the progress of your back injury compensation claim throughout. In acting for you in making your claim, we will aim to build the strongest possible case on your behalf to secure the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for your back injury.

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What our clients say…

“Anna Woolf’s persistent nature when dealing with the defendant’s insurance company and encouragement when it came to pursuing the correct amount in compensation was excellent. Once again, a big thank you to Anna and all involved with my case.”

Mr. H, London

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