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How To Make A Bruised Ribs Injury Claim

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 24th February 2023. If you’ve suffered a bruised or broken rib from an accident you weren’t liable for, you may be able to claim compensation. Making a personal injury claim revolves around proving that someone else’s negligence caused your injury. If you’re able to do that, you could make a successful bruised ribs injury claim and receive thousands of pounds as a result.

How Do You Claim For Bruised Ribs?

Below, we’ll cover:

  • In what instances can I claim for bruised ribs?
  • What are some bruised rib symptoms?
  • How much compensation for bruised ribs could I receive?
  • Who could claim when a child has been injured?
  • Do I need to get a diagnosis to claim?
  • Can I start my claim before knowing the extent of my injuries?
  • What are examples of negligence in a bruised ribs injury claim?
  • How can a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer help me claim?
  • What is the personal injury claims time limit?
Bruised ribs injury claims guide

Bruised ribs injury claims guide

Our advisors are available 24/7 and can provide you with free advice, so if you do have any questions or queries, like wanting to check your claim eligibility, contact us using the details below.

Read on for more about how a personal injury solicitor could help you receive compensation for a bruised ribs injury claim.

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  1. A Guide To Bruised Ribs Injury Claim
  2. What Is A Bruised Ribs Injury?
  3. What Is The Difference Between Bruised And Broken Ribs?
  4. Bruised Rib Symptoms
  5. Causes Of Bruised Ribs
  6. Bruised Ribs Compensation – Examples Of Evidence You’ll Need To Claim
  7. Who Pays My Compensation Settlement?
  8. Average Compensation For Broken Ribs
  9. What Types Of Damages Could You Sue For?
  10. No Win No Fee Bruised Ribs Injury Claims
  11. Start Your Bruised Ribs Injury Claim
  12. Essential References

A Guide To Bruised Ribs Injury Claim

Rib fractures or any injury that damages the ribcage can have a lasting negative impact on your quality of life. This guide will explain in what instances you could claim compensation, how to begin a claim and the benefits of using one of our No Win No Fee lawyers.

It can be difficult to know where to begin when you’re looking to make a claim. This is why we have experienced advisors on hand 24/7 to help you with any questions you may have. You can call them using the details above to see if you can claim.

What Is A Bruised Ribs Injury?

Your ribs are thin pieces of bone solely designed to protect vital internal organs such as your lungs and heart. Your ribs form from your spine, go around your chest and attach to your sternum. Due to their length, you could suffer a rib injury in different parts of your body. For instance, you could suffer bruised ribs in your back.

A bruised ribs injury, or a rib contusion, is usually caused by a direct impact to your torso. This can be caused by many different incidents, such as slips, trips and falls and road traffic accidents. The injury can be very painful, making it difficult to breathe and move.

What Is The Difference Between Bruised And Broken Ribs?

There is only one main difference between bruised and broken ribs, as similar incidents often cause them. Broken ribs tend to be slightly more complex because, with the rib protecting vital organs, a broken part of them could, theoretically, puncture or tear one of the organs underneath. This could, therefore, lead to further medical complications. While a bruised rib is very painful, the bone itself is still intact.

Under extreme circumstances, complications from a broken rib could lead to surgery or severe heart or lung issues. While there can still be difficult complications dealing with a bruised rib, it tends to not lead to as many permanent or long-term health issues.

You may also want to claim due to medical negligence. You could, for example, have been misdiagnosed through a video examination with your GP or a doctor. If that is the case, you’re more than within your rights to see if you can seek compensation. Click here for more information about misdiagnosis claims.

Call us to see if you can make a bruised ribs injury claim. Our advisors can quickly assess your circumstances to see if you’re able to seek compensation for a bruised or broken rib.

Bruised Rib Symptoms

Potential bruised rib symptoms include:

  • Initial, intense pain.
  • Bruising, which will appear within a few hours of the initial impact.
  • Tenderness around the damaged area.
  • Further pain caused by coughing, sneezing and laughing. Any action that can cause you to breathe deeply can be painful, in this instance.

Causes Of Bruised Ribs

This next section will provide scenarios that could lead to you making a successful bruised ribs injury claim. You will, therefore, have a better understanding of your situation and whether you’ll be able to make a successful claim.

For a third party to be negligent, they need to have a duty of care towards you.

From a legal perspective, negligence occurs when the third party doesn’t adhere to their duty of care, causing you to get injured because of it.

As a duty of care is a legal obligation, if you can prove that third party negligence caused your injury, you may be able to receive compensation.

Road Traffic Accidents

Every road user in the UK needs to adhere to the Highway Code. It is a series of rules designed to lessen the number of road traffic accidents on the road. It clearly defines safe and careful conduct so that every road user knows how they should conduct themselves.

By defining what is considered safe-conduct, it illustrates that any conduct not described within its rules is unsafe. If you feel that you’ve been injured due to another road user’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for the damage caused.

Examples of a car accident you could claim for include:

  • Suffering a rib injury due to another vehicle turning into your motorway lane without indicating.
  • Colliding with another car due to the driver going above the speed limit and turning into a junction at the wrong moment. This could result in you making a bruised ribs injury claim.
  • Another driver reversing their vehicle without sufficiently checking their mirrors. This could lead to their car colliding with yours. As the vehicle collides with the front of your car, it could cause you to suffer ribcage damage.
  • A rear-end shunt forcing you forwards and leading you to bang your ribs.

There’s one thing to bear in mind when claiming for road traffic accidents, such as a car accident – if your injuries are judged to be worth less than £5,000, you will need to claim via an alternative method. This is highlighted in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. However, get in touch with us first to check the value of your case.

Slips Trips And Falls

You may also be able to claim if you’ve suffered an injury after a slip, trip or fall in a public place. You could seek compensation if your injury has occurred due to the controller of the space not making sure the place is reasonably secure for members of the public.

This is because the controller has a duty of care to anyone using their facilities to ensure it’s reasonably safe to use. However, this doesn’t just mean that the space needs to be fit for its designated purpose – it means that the public need to generally be able to use the space without being at risk of injury. The controller’s duty of care is detailed in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

Examples of slips, trips and falls that could lead to you making a successful claim include:

  • Falling down a flight of stairs because of poor lighting or a handrail in need of repair. This could cause you to need to visit a minor injury unit for a bruised rib.
  • Slipping on a wet floor due to no warning signs being present. This could happen in a supermarket, for instance. Due to how you fall, this could result in you suffering bruised ribs in your back.
  • Exposed wiring could lead to you falling. The bruised ribs could result in you being unable to take deep breaths while recovering, leading you to inquire about making a personal injury claim.

Accidents At Work

You could also potentially claim if you’ve suffered an accident at work. To claim, you must’ve suffered the injury due to employer negligence. Your employer’s duty of care is described in The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Every employer must ensure, within reason, that their facilities are secure enough for employees to use them safely. It also covers systems of work and the need to ensure tools and machinery are kept in good working order. Therefore, if you injure yourself while at work due to unsafe work conditions, you may be able to claim. Examples of this kind of negligence include:

  • Falling from a ladder due to the ladder not being secure enough to use.
  • Suffering rib fractures because you were instructed to carry an object that’s too heavy. This could result in you slipping and the object falling onto your chest.
  • Slipping and falling due to the flooring not being correctly installed. This could lead to you receiving bruised ribs compensation.

Other Causes

You may be wondering, “What else can cause my ribs to feel bruised but to have no other injury?” There’s another type of incident that could lead to you looking into personal injury claims.

If you’ve been the victim of a violent crime, you can claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Examples of incidents that could lead to you claiming through them include:

  • Sexual assault.
  • Being the victim of a mugging.
  • Being injured while having your car stolen or your house broken into.
  • Assault

Any of these incidents could result in you having bruised rib symptoms. Despite going through the CICA, you can still use a personal injury lawyer to help you with the case. Our lawyers and solicitors could help clarify the claims process so you have a greater knowledge of how you could receive compensation.

You can find more details of the potential compensation amounts from these types of claims through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.

Visit our website to learn more about the different types of criminal injuries you could claim for. If you have any more questions or queries about making a bruised ribs injury claim, you can contact our advisors 24/7 at a time that works for you.

They can also provide you with a reliable compensation estimate by using a specialised personal injury claims calculator over the phone. Call them using the contact details above.

Bruised Ribs Compensation – Examples Of Evidence You’ll Need To Claim

If you are making a personal injury claim, you will need to submit supporting evidence. You must be able to demonstrate that a third party owed you a duty of care, and when they breached this, you suffered injuries.

Examples of evidence that could prove helpful in a personal injury claim include:

  • Medical records. These will include details of any treatment for bruised ribs you received. In addition, you might be asked to attend an independent medical exam. This can help establish the severity of your injury and what impact it has on your lifestyle.
  • Accident footage. For example, there could be footage from CCTV, a mobile phone or dashcam. Any of this could be submitted.
  • Accident book if your injuries occurred while at work.
  • Witness contact details if anyone saw what happened. Any witnesses could provide a statement at a later date.
  • Photographs of the accident scene. For example, if you fell down the stairs due to a broken handrail, you could submit images of this.

Free advice about what could be submitted as evidence is available from our advisors. In addition, they can evaluate your chances of recovering bruised ribs compensation. If they think you have a reasonable chance of success, they can put you in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.

Who Pays My Compensation Settlement?

Who pays your compensation settlement if you’ve made a successful claim purely depends on who was deemed liable for the injury. This, therefore, depends on how the injury occurred and if it’s assessed that third party negligence caused it.

  • For road traffic accidents, the third party’s insurance company will pay the settlement. If they’re uninsured, a claim can be made against the Motor Insurer’s Bureau.
  • For slips, trips and falls, the controller of the space will pay the settlement, potentially through an insurer. It all depends on whether they have public liability insurance.
  • If you’ve suffered an accident at work that is deemed the employer’s fault, the employer’s insurance company will pay the settlement.
  • For violent crime compensation, the government pays you compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.

Average Compensation For Broken Ribs

There are many different factors that will be considered when your claim is being evaluated. This is why we cannot provide an average settlement for broken ribs after a car accident. Every claim is assessed according to the individual circumstances. Your claim could comprise of:

General damages: this compensates for the pain and suffering your injury has caused. This includes physical injuries as well as psychological injuries. The payout you might receive depends on the severity of your injury and its impact on your quality of life.

Special damages: special damages on the other hand, compensate for financial losses caused by your injury. The amount will depend on the damages incurred and the evidence you could provide.

Solicitors consider compensation amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to assist them in valuing claims. However, the bracketed compensation amounts from the JCG cannot be considered average compensation for broken ribs as they may not reflect your own payout. Instead, each case is unique and will be considered individually to calculate an appropriate payout for broken ribs from a car accident.

The table below is taken from the April 2022 edition of the JCG. If you want a more personalised evaluation, our advisors can help you.

Type of Injury Amount of Compensation Description
Chest (b) £65,740 to £100,670 This bracket includes traumatic injuries to chest, lung(s) and/or heart leading to significant and permanent damage causing physical damage, disability and a reduction of life expectancy.
Chest (c) £31,310 to £54,830 Injuries in this bracket will be to the chest and lung(s) leading to a continuing and problematic disability.
Chest (d) £12,590 to £17,960 This bracket is usually for a relatively straightforward injury (like a single penetrating wound) leading to permanent tissue damage but causing no serious long-term lung damage.
Chest (e) £5,320 to £12,590 Injuries will be caused by toxic fume/smoke inhalation causing residual damage which leads to no permanent or continuing lung damage.
Chest (f) £2,190 to £5,320 Collasped lungs where an uncomplicated and complete recovery is made.
Chest (g) Up to £3,950 This bracket includes rib fractures or soft tissue injuries leading to significant pain for a matter of weeks only.

For a more precise estimate relevant to your case, please get in touch.

What Types Of Damages Could You Sue For? 

Special damages can relate to any financial losses suffered from the injury that you’re able to prove. You can, therefore, claim for such things as:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Travel costs
  • Prescription costs
  • Recreational activities that you can now no longer go to.

Being able to prove the financial losses is very significant. You’ll need to provide your personal injury solicitor with receipts, invoices or bank statements validating the amounts you’re looking to claim. If you’re unable to do this, you may only receive some or none of the special damages you intended to claim.

Regarding the personal injury claims time limit, you would need to begin the claim either within three years of the date of the incident or from when you became aware of the damage caused. If you have any more questions or queries about the possibility of receiving bruised ribs compensation, give us a call. We can give you a reliable compensation estimate on the phone in just a few minutes.

No Win No Fee Bruised Ribs Injury Claims

If you’ve had to seek medical attention, such as needing to go to a minor injury unit for a bruised rib, you may be wanting to seek compensation but are concerned over the cost. Well with a No Win No Fee claim, this isn’t necessary.

With that in mind, you may be unsure what “No Win No Fee” means and how it can benefit you. It means that:

  • Your personal injury solicitor will not request legal fees from you either up front or during the claims process.
  • In a successful case, they’ll deduct a small percentage of your award. This is capped by law.
  • They will also not request you pay any legal fees should your claim be unsuccessful.

Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that they won’t waste your time. They will only take your case if they feel you have a reasonably good chance at success.

Start Your Bruised Ribs Injury Claim 

Our advisors offer free legal advice, can provide you with a reliable compensation estimate and can quickly inform you if you’re eligible to claim. They’re available 24/7 so you can call them at a time that works for you.

Our solicitors have years of experience with personal injury claims and work on a No Win No Fee basis. Contact us today using the details below!

Essential References 

Please use the links below to learn more:

To know more about rib fractures and chest injuries, view this NHS guidance.

For more information about chest injuries, click here.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers UK-based work-related injury statistics which you can view here.

Broken your rib? If so, and you want to see if you can claim, view this page on our website.

To know more about general rib injury claims, click here.

Suffering a scar injury from an accident you weren’t liable for? If so, click here.

Get help making a claim for accidents at home with our informative guide.

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Edited by Billing

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