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Back Injury at Work Compensation

Back injuries can vary in severity from mild strains to debilitating conditions that can severely impair the quality of life of the person who has suffered the injury. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that they provide a safe working environment that minimises the risk of physical injury. If you have experienced a back injury at work, and you believe that it was entirely avoidable, you may be eligible to bring a claim against your employer for compensation.

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Helpful Information

According to Ireland’s Health & Safety Authority, the back is by far the most common part of the body to be injured in non-fatal accidents. For workers, 22% of all accidents at work involve an injury to the back. These types of injuries are especially common in industrial work environments such as factories, manufacturing plants, construction sites and agricultural settings. Larger organisations are usually very strict at adhering to Health & Safety protocols; however, smaller companies may be less likely to follow the legal guidelines closely.

Bringing a back injury compensation claim

If you, or a member of your family, has suffered a back injury at work, you may want to find out if it is possible to instigate a claim for compensation. Working with our experienced team of solicitors we can quickly determine if you might have a case to make your claim. If we are able to take on your case, we will thoroughly investigate any breach of Health & Safety regulations by your employer and determine a route to securing you and your family a fair settlement.

Scenarios, where you may have a basis to instigate a back injury claim, include:

  • Lifting heavy objects without the correct guidance for doing so
  • Slips, trips and falls within your work environment
  • Office or workplace items falling onto you
  • Accidents involving working at height
  • Unsatisfactory working conditions directly contributing to the injury
  • Faulty machinery or work tools directly causing the injury
  • Injuries sustained on a work-related journey by car or other means of transport.

There will, of course, be many other avoidable scenarios that result in back injuries being sustained at work. Injuries to the back are very likely to lead to long-term unemployment, so any settlement for negligence needs to reflect the impact of the injury on your quality of life. Our specialist accident-at-work solicitors can help you to determine this.

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Back injury compensation

You may find Section 7 of the Judicial Council’s Personal Injuries guidelines useful for determining the maximum compensation payouts for back injuries.

Severe back injury compensation

The most severe back injury cases may pay out up to €300,000 in general damages.

Severe back injury compensation

Moderate back injury compensation

Personal injury claims involving moderate back injuries may pay out up to €55,000 in general damages.

Moderate back injury compensation

Minor back injury compensation

Personal injury claims involving minor back injuries may pay out up to €20,000 in general damages.

Minor back injury compensation

Back injury at work compensation

If you, or a family member, has sustained a back injury at work, and you believe the accident was avoidable, get in contact with our personal injury solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including accidents at work and back injury compensation cases. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance on any form of personal injury.

Useful Resources

If you have recently suffered an injury to your back, you may find some of the following resources useful in helping you to manage and understand the condition.

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wears multiple hats, not only as the managing partner of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, but also as an author, speaker and an acknowledged expert in client service, innovation and marketing.

Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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