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How Much Compensation For Broken Rib Or Rib Injury Claims?

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 17th November 2023. Welcome to our broken rib injury claims guide.

Rib injuries could cause serious harm to a person. Consider for a moment that the function of the ribs is to protect the lungs and heart from damage. Loss of function of either of these vital organs could result in death. Therefore, the ribs are a critical part of the body, and if they are damaged due to an injury at work or another accident that was a result of someone else’s negligence, you may well have a legitimate reason to claim compensation for your rib injury.

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When Could I Make A Broken Rib Injury Claim?

The first step in claiming for fractured ribs is establishing if you were owed a duty of care and if a breach of this duty caused your injuries. Together, these three factors amount to negligence. If you can prove that negligence occurred, you may be able to make a claim. 

Some examples of when you could be owed a duty of care include:

  • At work – You may be able to make an accident at work claim if your employer breached their duty of care, causing your rib injuries. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their staff a duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep them safe while working.
  • Using the roads – Drivers and road users have to navigate the roads in a way that prevents harm to others and themselves, which is their duty of care. To uphold this duty, they have to follow the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
  • In public – As established by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those in control of public spaces owe visitors a duty of care. This means that they have to ensure the reasonable safety of those using the premises for its intended purpose.

For more advice on whether you could make a broken rib claim, please contact our advisors today. You can speak to them for free either online or on the phone. Or, read on to learn about what types of damages that could be included in the average payout for broken ribs in the UK.

Broken Ribs – Evidence To Support Your Claim

When making a personal injury claim for broken ribs, it is important that you can prove that you sustained your injury due to someone breaching their duty of care to you. This is why evidence is crucial. Some of the potential evidence you could gather to help prove your claim include:

  • Any CCTV footage, photographs or videos of the incident.
  • Eyewitness contact details (so a statement can be collected from them later).
  • Medical evidence, such as a copy of your medical records stating you have suffered from shattered ribs, and any of the treatment you may have needed.
  • An accident report book (if applicable).
  • A police report number (if applicable).
  • Evidence of any financial losses you have suffered due to your injury. This could be bank statements, receipts, or invoices.

Remember, if your claim is successful, how much compensation you receive will depend on the specific factors affecting your claim. Therefore, there is no average compensation for broken ribs that we can provide.

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How Much Compensation For Broken Ribs Could I Receive?

If you successfully claim for injured ribs, your settlement will include general damages. This compensates for the pain and suffering you’ve endured due to your injury.

To help them value the injuries in a claim, many legal professionals may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document includes compensation guidelines for several injuries.

In the table below, you can view some of the amounts included within the 16th edition of the JCG.

Please only use this table as a guide. The first entry in this table is an estimate that is not based on any JCG figures.

Injury Description Amount
Multiple Serious Injuries You may be compensated if you have suffered multiple injuries that have caused a serious amount of pain and suffering plus financial losses, like loss of earnings. Up to £250,000+
Chest Injury (a) Serious heart damage or the removal of one lung causing the person to suffer prolonged pain and serious scarring. £100,670 to £150,110
Chest Injury (b)Permanent damage to the heart or lung(s) following a traumatic injury. This will also reduce the person’s life expectancy. £65,740 to £100,670
Chest Injury (c) A continuing disability due to the chest and lung(s) being damaged. £31,310 to £54,830
Digestive System (a)(i) Continuing discomfort and pain due to the digestive system being severely damaged. £43,010 to £61,910
Scarring to Other Parts of the Body Noticeable scars to the arm(s), leg(s) or chest. Or one disfiguring scar. £7,830 to £22,730
Fracture of the Clavicle How much is awarded will depend on the residual symptoms, extent of the fracture and the disability level. £5,150 to £12,240

Special Damages For Injured Ribs Claims

Your compensation award may also include special damages. Special damages can cover for the financial losses that have been directly caused by your injuries.

Examples of special damages can include:

  • Loss of earnings due to needing to take time off work to recover. This can include past, present and future losses.
  • Travel costs if, for example, you’ve had to pay for public transport to receive treatment needed for your injuries.
  • The cost of ongoing care or special aid equipment you require for day-to-day activities while still recovering from your injuries.

You will need to provide evidence of these financial losses in order to claim the back under special damages. Receipts, invoices and payslips could all be used as proof of your financial losses.

You can contact our advisors for more information on how much compensation for broken ribs you could claim if you have a valid case.

Make A Broken Rib Claim With One Of Our No Win No Fee Solicitors

If you are eligible to seek compensation for fractured ribs, you may wish to work with a solicitor on your claim. One of our personal injury solicitors could support your case. They typically work under a No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). 

When your solicitor works on your claim under this type of agreement, they generally don’t charge you upfront for their services. Additionally, if your claim does not succeed, you will not be charged for their work.

However, if the outcome of your claim for a broken rib is successful, your solicitor will take a success fee out of your compensation. This amount is a percentage that is subject to a legal limit. 

To see if you are eligible to claim for cracked ribs, speak to an advisor from our team. If it seems like you have valid grounds for a claim, they could connect you to one of our solicitors. 

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