Compensation for Back Injuries from a Chair

When it comes to choosing an occupation, desk jobs can quite frequently choose to be a popular option for people who like to work in an office environment. Whether you are an accountant, IT professional, businessperson, secretary or general employee, your desk is an area where you will spend most of your time and while you are there you will usually be sitting in your office chair. As a result, this position seems to be where most people in this form of employment will spend the majority of their time.

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When it comes to the office, the chair that we sit in can be far more important than people realise as a poor chair which leaves us with poor posture on a daily basis can put increased pressure on areas of our back which weren’t designed for that function. As a result you could be left with serious back injuries just from sitting at a desk. It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you are working in a safe environment at all times and if you feel like they haven’t done this then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. 

How important is my chair?

If you work in an office then your chair is one of the most crucial aspects of the office and the type, style, length and size of your chair can attribute directly to the impact which it might have on your back. Ensuring that you maintain correct posture while you are sitting at your desk is important to help prevent serious back injuries from occurring later on. These are problems which may not be easy to recognise straight away, but which may develop to become far more serious problems later on. 

What problems could occur with my back?

When it comes to your back there are a number of injuries that you may receive as the result of having poor posture at your desk and these include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Severe discomfort when performing tasks which involve back muscles
  • Increased chance of arthritis
  • Long term damage to back muscles.

Who can I claim against?

When it comes to making a compensation claim there are a number of people that you can claim against, but in most cases your claim here will be against your employer. It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you receive the correct equipment to be able to perform your role in a safe and effective manner and if you believe that your chair is the cause of your back pain then you could be eligible to make a claim.

What should I do next?

At Manners Pimblett we are here to help and we can provide you with assistance when it comes to making a personal injury claim. Our team work around the clock to secure the right level of compensation payments for our clients, leaving you with peace of mind that your claim is in safe hands. For more information or to start your claim today contact the team on 0845 077 0772. 

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