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How Much Compensation For Broken Rib Or Rib Injury Claims?

By Daniel Archer. Last updated 31st May 2022. 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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A Guide to Rib Injury or Broken Ribs Claims

If you suffer a rib injury through no fault of your own, you could make a personal injury claim. When it comes down to claims for rib injuries, solicitors can help you claim compensation from your employer or from the party responsible. This could be a private company or a local authority.

From simple broken rib claims through to complex claims based upon compound injuries, the basic process for receiving compensation is the same. So, in this guide, we will explain how the personal injury claims process works for claiming compensation for a rib injury.

We will cover what types of compensation can be claimed for a rib injury as well as how much might be claimed. We will walk you through starting your personal injury claim for a rib injury, and also explain our panel of personal injury lawyers’ No Win No Fee claims service.

What Is a Rib Injury Accident?

A rib injury is any injury that causes a break, fracture, tissue damage or bruising to the ribs or the supporting structure of the rib cage, such as ligaments and cartilage.

Rib injuries are generally rather painful because the ribs are constantly flexing as the sufferer breathes in and out, and the lungs inflate and deflate.

For more information on making a broken rib or bruised ribs injury claim, get in touch with our team on the number at the top of the page.

What are the symptoms of a broken rib?

According to the NHS, broken rib symptoms may vary. Below, we’ve included a few ways you may be able to tell if you have cracked a rib, and symptoms potentially associated with it as per NHS guidance.

  • Bruising – This may appear on the skin surrounding the site of the injury.
  • Tenderness/swelling – Near to the ribs that have been affected.
  • Cracking – You may be able to feel or even hear it, in some circumstances.
  • Chest pain – The pain can be quite strong, especially when you inhale.

However, we recommend that you always seek medical attention if you are concerned about having broken a rib. A medical professional can assess your injury and provide a diagnosis.

You may be wondering what helps broken ribs to heal faster. According to the NHS page on broken or bruised ribs, this type of injury often heals on its own within 3-6 weeks. However, they also provide suggestions to ease pain and help with healing:

  • Breathe normally
  • Rest, including taking time off work, if possible
  • Refrain from sports and other exercise

It’s important to remember that we are not medical professionals. If you suspect you may have a broken rib, we advise you to seek the advice of a qualified physician.

Time Limits for Rib Injury Claims

Please be aware that all personal injury claims, including broken rib claims, have time limits within which you can make them.

In general, this time limit is 3 years from the date of your accident or the date of knowledge. If you try to make a claim after this time limit has expired, you may no longer be eligible for compensation, so it’s important to act fast.

There are cases where exceptions can be made to this time limit, however. For example, the time limit for mentally incapacitated claimants is frozen until they are able to make a claim for themselves. Similarly, the time limit for claimants under 18 is frozen until they come of age. In the meantime, if claimants appoint a litigation friend to make legal proceedings on their behalf, the time limit will come into effect.

To see if you’re within the relevant time limit for your case, please get in touch today for a free consultation. In the meantime, please read on to learn more about making a bruised ribs injury claim.

Rib Injury Accident at Work Claims

Despite an employer’s best efforts, accidents in the workplace could still happen if an employer fails to uphold the duty of care they owe to employees. Standards laid out by the Health & Safety Executive help to mitigate the danger of serious accidents at work, but they are less than perfect.

When an employer fails to maintain a healthy, safe working environment for its staff, which leads directly to a rib injury, then a cause for claiming compensation will exist. If a victim is seeking a settlement for fractured ribs caused by an accident at work, and the employer is responsible for the accident, they could seek to receive compensation.

The settlement value of broken ribs will always be different on a case by case basis, depending upon the amount of suffering the employee has undergone and the value of out of pocket and future monetary losses due to the injury.

However, we can help you claim the most compensation possible for your work-related rib injury. Use the contact details below to get in touch with us about broken rib claims. And learn how we can assist you in claiming damages against your employer for the pain and suffering you experienced, including the long term effects of broken ribs.

Making rib Injury Slip Trip or Fall Claims

Slip, trip or fall accidents are the most common of all accidents in the UK. If such an accident results in a rib injury and the accident can be proven to be the responsibility of a third party, then a valid reason to claim personal injury compensation will likely exist.

If the accident took place in a publicly accessible place that is owned or operated by a private company, which had a responsibility to keep the location safe, then a cause to claim compensation will exist. For example, if a supermarket fails to clean up a liquid spillage on the floor, causing a customer to slip and injure a rib, compensation can be claimed.

Similarly, if a slip, trip or fall accident causing a rib injury happens on a public thoroughfare that is the responsibility of the local authority to maintain, a reason to claim personal injury compensation for a rib injury will exist. For example, if a public pavement has been left to deteriorate, with cracked and uneven paving slabs causing a slip, trip or fall resulting in a rib injury, then the victim can claim against the local council.

If you have been the victim of a rib injury due to a slip, trip or fall accident, contact us to determine how we can begin helping you make a personal injury compensation claim.

Rib Injury in a Car Accident

Car accidents and other forms of road traffic accidents are the single most common cause of serious injuries sustained in the UK each year. Unsurprisingly, due to the fact that a car steering wheel lines up almost perfectly with a person’s chest, rib injuries are frequently sustained in a car accident. Airbags can only do so much, especially in high-speed accidents.

If you need to claim compensation for broken ribs in a car accident, we have plenty of experience in these types of cases. Even slight injuries from reckless or dangerous driving are a possibility for claims to be made.

If you have experienced harm as a result of another road user acting negligently, a bruised ribs injury claim could be made. Call our team on the number above for more details. 

Making A Rib Injury Claim After An Accident In A Public Place

We use the term “public place” to describe any location that is either permanently or temporarily accessible by members of the public. In reality, every public place is owned or managed by a private individual, a company, or a government body such as a local council.

If accidents occur in a public place, which leads directly to a rib injury, then whoever the location belongs to is likely to be liable to pay compensation.

For example, if you are injured in the car park of a large supermarket, either through the actions of another individual or due to inadequate safety precautions being taken by the supermarket operator, then there will be a reason to seek compensation for the rib injury.

What Can Be Claimed for After an Accident Causing a Rib Injury?

Answering questions such as how much compensation for bruised ribs? Or how much compensation will I receive for broken ribs pain and suffering? Is very difficult. Each case will have its own unique circumstances that will drive the decision on how much compensation will be paid. However, we can explain the types of compensation that the victim of a rib injury can potentially claim. So, the elements of a personal injury claim are:

  • General damages – in this category, we cover all the actual physical aspects of the injury. This includes all of the pain and suffering and mental and emotional trauma, and the long-term effects of the injury, which may negatively affect the victim’s quality of life.
  • Special damages – in this category, we cover all of the non-physical aspects of the injury. This includes any financial losses and also compensation for special circumstances. For example, special damages could include compensation for:
    • Medical bills – if you have had to pay for treatment of the injury out of your own pocket.
    • Rehabilitation costs – if you are facing long-term treatment and therapy to assist in the recovery from the rib injury.
    • Care costs – if you cannot take care of yourself fully and need either care in the home or must spend some time in an institution.
    • Loss of earnings – if the rib injury has or will make you lose income.

These types of compensation that compounded may make up the basis of any damages claim following a rib injury.

The Most Common Types of Rib Injuries

Rib injuries can be sustained in a myriad of ways, such as:

  • Car crashes and other motor vehicle accidents – we covered this cause in its own section above because it is the single most common cause of rib injuries in the UK each year.
  • Being crushed – a very common form of an industrial or work-related accident that can cause a serious rib injury. Operators of heavy machinery and equipment, or those working in an environment such as a warehouse, are prone to crush injuries that can damage their ribs.
  • Sporting accidents – for people who take part in heavy contact sports such as rugby or football, the risk of sustaining a rib injury is fairly high. Specifically, bruised ribs and other mild injuries.
  • Falling from a height – for people who work in jobs such as window maintenance or high-level construction, the risk of damaging ribs through a fall, even from a modest height, is quite high.
  • Physical assault – people who another person or group of people attacks will often come away with bruised or broken ribs. This is especially true if they are forced onto the floor and kicked in the chest.

These are just some of the many ways in which a rib injury can be caused. If you have experienced a different incident that caused you to injure your ribs as a result of negligence, call our team. An advisor could discuss your bruised ribs injury claim in more detail.

Assessing the Severity of a Rib Injury

Any injury, no matter how trivial it may seem, can have serious, long-term effects. For rib injuries, this includes damage to the heart and lungs. Hence why you could look at filing a claim.

Broken ribs

Broken ribs

If you have suffered a rib injury, it is important to get it treated straight away. If the rib injury is going to form the basis of a compensation claim, then this treatment needs to be clearly documented. Additionally, any potential long-term negative effects of the rib injury should be documented by a medical professional.

Once the severity of the initial rib injury and its long-term effects are known, it becomes far easier to discern just what types of compensation can be claimed for. Additionally, it will also become apparent whether any long-term therapy will be needed to ensure a full recovery from the injury, which will also make up part of the compensation claim if required.

My Child Broken/Injured Rib in School Do I Have a Claim for Compensation?

The simple answer to this question is yes. Whenever your child is on school premises, it is the responsibility of the school staff and the school operator to ensure that the child is safe at all times.

There are two primary ways that an accident in a school can happen, leading to a rib injury to a child, and these are:

  • Negligence by the school’s staff – when employees of the school fail to carry out their duties effectively, leading directly to an accident involving a child.
  • Negligence by the school’s operator – when the controlling entity of the school has failed to provide a sufficiently safe environment for children, such as failing to maintain playground equipment sufficiently, leading directly to a rib injury.

No matter how the accident happens, somebody was responsible for the circumstances that allowed it to happen. A viable case for claiming compensation for a child’s rib injury against the school will exist.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Rib Injury or Broken Ribs Claims?

Giving a clear indication of a broken ribs compensation amount or even making a sensible attempt at coming up with an average settlement for broken ribs is an exercise in futility. Each and every rib injury claim will be entirely different, with its own unique circumstances.

Medical evidence may be used to assess the severity of your injury to determine how much compensation you’re entitled to. Also, a publication that sets out guideline compensation brackets may be used to help value your claim.

This publication is called the Judicial College Guidelines and has been used to create the table below. Please note, that these aren’t typical amounts for rib injury compensation claims. Instead, you should only use these figures as a guide.

Updated July 2021. 

Lung DamageDue to an associated rib injury such as one or more ribs puncturing the lungs.£100,670 to £150,110
Traumatic Chest InjuryA compound injury caused by significant rib injuries that also damages the heart or lungs due to bone fragments penetrating them. £65,740 to £100,670
Chest InjuryRib injuries that also damage the soft tissue of the chest, such as creating puncture wounds and additional damage over and above the rib injury itself.£31,310 to £54,830
Scarring of the ChestChest scars when caused by a rib injury, such as a broken rib puncturing the skin.£9,110 to £30,090
Fractured RibFractures, minor or major, that causes significant pain in the short to medium term.Up to £3,950

Please note that this table only covers compensation that falls into general damages for a personal injury claim. It does not include special damages, which in most cases, will add more to the payout for a rib injury.

Starting Your Rib Injury Accident Claim

If you are ready to go ahead with your rib injury compensation claim, we can make it as simple as possible. All you need to do is use the contact details at the bottom of this page and get in touch with us. We will go through an initial fact-finding session with you to learn the specifics of your particular rib injury claim.

Additionally, we need to know how the injury happens and the prognosis for long-term negative health effects. We also need details of any financial loss or expenses as a direct result of the rib injury. If you feel any other special circumstances are pertinent to the personal injury claim, please let us know.

Once we know all the facts about your rib injury, we will offer some advice on what to do next. We have years of experience in handling claims such as this. We take on the claim for a rib injury under a No Win No Fee agreement in most cases.

No Win No Fee Rib Injury or Broken Rib Claims

Pursuing any legal action by funding it out of your own pocket can be expensive. Legal fees are a requirement, and often in advance. And if you lose your case, then the money you spend actioning it is forfeit.

We have a much better way for people to pursue compensation for a rib injury. So, we offer to connect you to our panel of personal injury lawyers that can work on a No Win No Fee or Conditional Fee basis.

So, we take on your personal injury claim for a rib injury without you having to pay a single penny. There are absolutely no costs to pay whilst we are pursuing compensation on your behalf.

In the unlikely event that we fail to win you any compensation, you don’t pay anything. You will only pay us a fee if we successfully procure a compensation payout for your rib injury. So, you really have nothing to lose when filing claims. Contact our personal injury solicitors right now to help you secure the compensation you are entitled to.

Why Choose Us for Your Rib Injury or Broken Ribs Claims Service?

We treat every one of our clients with respect and understanding. No matter how large or small our potential fee may be. We use simple English to explain your compensation claim and keep you up-to-date on its status. Note that we won’t confuse you with legal jargon.

We will always try to get you the most compensation we can. However, we will never put the legitimacy of your personal injury claim in jeopardy.

We are a company that is committed to providing our clients with an exceptional customer experience. Every client is important to us and receives the due care and attention that they deserve. See our compensation calculator section for information on what you could receive.

Call for Free Advice and to Start a Claim

Have you suffered a rib injury through no fault of your own? Can you prove that third-party failings were to blame? If so, we can almost definitely help you to claim compensation for your rib injury.

Helpful Links

NHS on Rib Injuries

This page covers all types of rib injuries, from slight bruising to multiple fractures. It can diagnose your rib injury and offers excellent advice on treating pain for a rib injury at home. However, if you intend to make a personal injury compensation claim for your rib injury, you must receive a doctor’s treatment.

Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB)

How to make a claim through the MIB.

Car Accident Claims

If you have had a car accident, find out what you can claim for, how to claim and get free legal advice. Contact us today.

Accident at Work Claims

Our guide on how to make a claim after an accident at work.

Wet Floor Accident Claims

See this guide on making a claim following a wet floor accident caused by someone else’s negligence.

Car Accident Claims

If you injured your rib in a car accident, this guide on car accident claims could help.

Bus Accident Claims

Visit this guide about seeking compensation for bus accident claims.

Restaurant Accident Claims

Read our guide on claiming compensation for an injury sustained in a restaurant.

Fractured Or Broken Bone Claim

This helpful guide will explore how much compensation you could claim for a fractured or broken bone.

Office Accident Claims

Visit our guide on making a claim for an injury sustained in an office.

First Aid Negligence

A guide to negligence in first aid.

Broken Rib Injury Claims FAQ

Can I claim for broken ribs?

Yes, you can do this if there is sufficiently strong evidence in your favour.

How much can I claim for a broken rib?

It’s possible to receive anywhere from £5,950 to £48,080 depending on the severity of the injury.

How long should I be off work with broken ribs?

The time you need to take off work with broken ribs will vary depending on the specific factors of your case. For instance, if you have a more severe rib injury that has punctured your internal organs, you may require more time off work due to a longer recovery period.

However, if you have sustained a minor bruised rib injury that requires a shorter recovery time, you may not need as much time off work.

For more information, you should speak with your doctor.

How long does it take for a broken rib to stop hurting?

You should make a full recovery from a basic rib injury within 6 weeks.

Can you break your ribs in a car accident?

Yes, it’s very much possible to suffer this injury by being a road traffic accident victim.

Is bed rest good for broken ribs?

Yes, we strongly advise that you rest as much as possible in order to heal your ribs.

How do you know if your ribs are broken or cracked?

Symptoms include significant chest pain, breathing difficulties, bruising, swelling, tenderness and the sound of a crack.

What helps broken ribs heal faster?

Treatment options include resting, using ice, taking deep breaths and using ibuprofen or other pain medicine.

How much can I claim for a broken rib in the UK?

The amount of compensation you could receive for a broken rib will vary depending on several factors. For instance, you may be asked to attend an independent medical assessment to get a medical report on the current state of your injuries. The report could show the severity of your injuries and the extent to which they may affect your future quality of life such as the long term effects of broken ribs.

For more information on what your compensation payout may include following a successful bruise ribs injury claim, call our team.

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