If your rib injury was caused in an accident that was due to somebody else’s mistake or negligence, you should explore your legal right to file a rib injury compensation claim.
Rib injuries are among the more serious injuries you can experience. That’s not surprising when you consider the location and function of the ribs. The ribs surround and protect two of our most vital organs – the heart and the lungs. Any injury to the ribs can also injure any one or both of these organs. Even a mild injury to the rib could result in excruciating pain, and a more serious injury could cause irreparable damage to the heart or lungs, resulting in almost immediate death.
A rib injury could take a very long time to heal and also put your life at risk.
Common Rib Injury Compensation Claims
While rib injuries can be caused by just about any type of accident, you cannot file a rib injury compensation claim if the accident was solely your fault. You are only entitled to compensation if your injuries were caused in a no-fault accident. A no-fault accident is one that results from somebody else’s fault.
These are some of the most common causes of rib injury claims resulting from no-fault accidents. You may be legally entitled to claim compensation if any of these apply to you:
Road Traffic Accidents
Although both road and vehicle safety has improved dramatically over the years, rib injuries are still a common occurrence in road traffic accidents. In a road accident, there is a high risk of fractured ribs where they become the point of impact. In a high-speed RTA, the impact gets magnified, putting the heart and lungs at high risk of getting punctured by broken ribs.
Falls From Height
Fractured ribs are quite common in falls from a height, even from modest height. At high risk for no-fault rib injuries are builders, window cleaners, home painters, roofers and others who are employed in jobs that involve working at heights.
Crush injuries are a hazard in workplaces such as factories, warehouses, and building sites where heavy machinery and power equipment are routinely used. At risk for crush injuries are both, the individuals operating the machinery or equipment as well as those working in the same space.
Slip Trip And Fall Accidents
Any slip, trip or fall accident could result in a rib injury if your ribs are the point of impact. However, it is only considered a no-fault injury if the accident was caused because somebody else failed in their duty. For example, if a shop owner failed to clean up a liquid spilt on the floor or the local authorities failed to repair a damaged pavement in reasonable time.
The risk of sustaining a rib injury is fairly high when participating in any type of fast-paced, heavy-contact sports such as football, squash, hockey and rugby among others. All players are aware of the risks involved but they are still eligible to claim rib injury compensation if it can be proven that the sports injury was the result of somebody else’s fault.
Getting physically assaulted is another common cause of no-fault rib injuries. While a physical assault can result in all-over injuries such as a ruptured spleen, rib injuries are often sustained if a person is thrown on the floor and kicked.
Can You Claim Compensation For Your Rib Injury?
It’s not always easy to ascertain who is at fault in some accidents. You may think that the accident was your fault because you slipped and fell or because you were not careful when handling some heavy equipment in the workplace, or maybe you were distracted while driving. Simply assuming that the accident was your fault may stop you from seeking the compensation that you are legally entitled to. To ensure that you are not losing out unnecessarily, it is always advisable to speak to a personal injury solicitor and get their expert advice.
A personal injury solicitor can discuss the details of your rib injury with you in a free consultation, and give you the best advice accordingly. If they conclude you have a strong case in your favour, they will very likely advise you to go ahead and file a rib injury claim. If they conclude you do not have a claim that is likely to be successful, they may advise you not to go ahead with the claim. Either way, speaking to a personal injury solicitor will give you the clarity you need. What’s more, you will get the advice you need without having to pay anything.
Most personal injury solicitors offer one free consultation session during which they assess the merits of your potential claim. You can avail of this complementary consultation to get the advice you need to decide whether or not to go ahead with your claim.
How Much Compensation For A Rib Injury?
How much compensation you might receive in a successful rib injury claim is comprised of two components. These are:
- General damages. General damages relate to your pain and suffering, and loss of amenity.
- Special damages. Special damages relate to your expenses because of the injury, typically including medical expenses, travel costs, loss of income from not being able to work, and the cost of structural changes and adaptions to vehicles necessary to accommodate your injury.
General damages (pain and suffering) are fairly straightforward for a solicitor to work out as there are already guidelines they refer to. However, if a fractured rib, for example, has led to other injuries such as a punctured lung then this would also need to be accounted for.
Average Compensation For Broken Ribs/Fractured Ribs Related Injuries
- Up to £3,710 compensation for broken/fractured ribs of the chest.
- £2,060 – £5,000 compensation where broken/fractured ribs have caused the lungs to collapse.
- £29,380 – £51,460 compensation for damage to the chest and lung/lungs resulting in some continuing disability.
The payout amounts displayed are for general damages and are but a small selection so that you’re able get an idea of payouts for different types of rib injuries. Special damages however would need to be calculated by a solicitor so any receipts for expenses directly related to the rib injury should be retained.
Making A Rib Injury Compensation Claim
If you have a strong rib injury claim, most personal injury solicitors will offer to proceed with making a claim using a No Win No Fee agreement. A No Win No Fee agreement is a contract between you and your solicitor. It essentially allows you to get expert legal representation without having to pay any upfront fees.
If you were to claim with us the only time you would pay anything is once the rib injury claim has been settled in your favour and the compensation has been received. The fee charged is an agreed percentage of the compensation and is deducted directly from the compensation so you’re not out of pocket at any time. If your rib injury claim is unsuccessful, you would not be charged a single penny.
If you have any questions at all about a rib injury compensation claim then please contact us today to speak with a personal injury solicitor free of charge.
Last updated 25th October 2021.