What Is My Bruised Ribs Injury Claim Worth?

By Cat Swift. Last Updated 12th January 2024. Welcome to our guide to making a claim for bruised ribs. A bruised ribs injury claim may be justified if you’ve suffered harm through no fault of your own. Here, offer insight into the average compensation for broken ribs in the UK, and explain what damages could make up a broken rib settlement amount. We also provide guidance on who could claim for an injury such as damage to the rib to the cartilage, as well as how we could help with chest injury compensation claims.

A car accident or an accident at work can lead to bruised or fractured ribs. Likewise, a violent assault can cause similar injuries.

Bruised rib and fractured rib injuries can be incredibly painful. Most bruised rib injuries heal by themselves. However, because these bones protect vital organs, injuries can be life-threatening.

If you have suffered a bruised rib injury that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Accident Claims can help you to make a bruised ribs injury claim.

Our personal injury solicitors have significant experience in this area and will push to win you the maximum amount of compensation possible.

To begin your case, call us on 0800 073 8801. Or you can contact us in writing here.

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When Could You Make A Bruised Ribs Injury Claim?

Not everyone who injures their ribs could make a bruised ribs injury claim. To have a valid personal injury claim, you would need to prove:

  1. A relevant third party owed you a duty of care
  2. They breached this duty of care
  3. Their breach caused your bruised ribs 

There are various third parties that could owe you a duty of care. They could include:

  • An employer – Per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), your employer has a duty of care to take reasonably practicable measures to protect your health and safety at work.
  • An occupier – Someone in control of a public place would owe you a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. They must take steps to ensure you can use their premises safely. This duty extends to those in control of shops, hotels, gyms, public parks and more.
  • A road user – Each road user has a duty of care towards other road users to use the roads in a way that prevents harm or damage. They must adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and follow the Highway Code.

To find out if you are eligible to make a personal injury claim, contact our team of advisors today. They can offer more information on the claims process and could potentially connect you with a solicitor.

How You Could Sustain A Bruised Rib

There are many ways in which you could sustain a bruised rib. However, it’s important to remember that in order to claim, your bruised rib must be a result of negligence. Some examples of how negligence could contribute to bruised ribs include:

  • If another driver’s careless driving caused you to be injured in a car accident, a broken ribs settlement could be claimed for.
  • If you work at height but your employer fails to provide safety equipment, such as a harness, you could sustain bruised ribs from a fall. In this case, you may be eligible to make an accident at work claim.
  • You could also sustain badly bruised ribs if you are hit by a car as a pedestrian while crossing the road. If the driver that hit you were acting negligently, then you may be able to make a claim.

These are only a few examples how you could sustain a bruised rib as a result of negligence. To get more information or to find out if you could be eligible to claim, get in touch with our team today.

Average Compensation For Broken Ribs UK

You may be wondering how much compensation for broken ribs in the UK you could receive. 

A broken rib settlement amount could include general damages and special damages.

Special damages could compensate claimants for the financial impact of their injury. This can include loss of earnings and care costs. However, you will need evidence such as payslips or receipts to claim these costs back.

General damages compensate claimants for their suffering, pain and loss of amenity caused by the injuries they’ve sustained.

In order to calculate the value of your injuries, all the facts and circumstances of the case must be assessed. The severity of the injury, whether surgery is required, or whether there is permanent scarring could all impact a broken rib settlement amount. 

Where can I get insight into the average compensation for broken ribs in the UK?

Knowing the average compensation for broken ribs in the UK would not give you much insight into your own claim. This is because all claims are unique.

However, we have created a table based on figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) which solicitors can use to help them value the general damages portion of claims made in England and Wales. 

Please only use these figures as a guide because your settlement could differ.

Category Of Injury Severity Possible Compensation Injury Assessment
Multiple serious injuries with their associated financial costs. Serious Up to £500,000+ A combination of injuries resulting in significant pain and suffering as well as financial costs such as care costs or medical expenses.
Chest Injury (a) £100,670 to £150,110 The most serious forms of chest injury.
Chest Injury (b) £65,740 to £100,670 Traumatic chest or lung injuries which could also cause injury to the heart. This could impair the function of the affected organs.
Chest Injury (c) £31,310 to £54,830 Chest injury which causes damage and some disability.
Chest Injury (d) £12,590 to £17,960 A simple injury which does not cause any longer-term damage.
Chest Injury (e) £5,320 to £12,590 Injury which was caused by toxic fume inhalation.
Chest Injury (f) £2,190 to £5,320 Chest injuries which cause collapsed lung(s). The person should make a full recovery.
Chest Injury (g) Up to £3,950 Rib injuries (such as fractures) which cause serious pain as well as disability. The injury will last for a period of weeks.

If you would prefer to get a personalised estimate of how much compensation a successful claim could bring over the phone, please get in touch. We would be happy to help with this.

Calculating Compensation For A Bruised Ribs Injury Claim

If your bruised ribs injury claim is successful, you can receive up to two heads of claim. The first is general damages, which compensates you for the physical and psychological damage inflicted.

You may also receive a second type of compensation, known as special damages. This is paid to compensate you for any out of pocket expenses incurred by their injury. Special damages can include medical costs, like prescription fees, and travel costs if you paid out to get to appointments relating to your injury.

You can also recover any costs relating to care if you needed help around the house in the wake of your injury. You can also seek money for income lost due to the injury.

To learn more about what you can claim, please get in touch.

Make A Bruised Ribs Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

You may wish to fund your solicitor using a No Win No Fee agreement. A No Win No Fee claim is when you don’t pay your solicitor a fee before work begins on your claim. You also don’t pay any fees while the case progresses.

Instead, you will pay something called a success fee if your solicitor successfully settles your claim. However, your solicitor will not charge you any fees in the event that your claim is unsuccessful.

There are benefits to this arrangement. Firstly, you are not gambling with your finances because you will only be charged if you succeed. The deduction would be taken from your compensation award.

Secondly, No Win No Fee claims are the more affordable option for many people because there is no upfront or ongoing fees to pay.

You can read our online guide to making a No Win No Fee claim to find out more. Alternatively, please feel free to call our helpline. And an advisor will be happy to discuss the best method of claiming for you.

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