Rib Injury Claims Guide – How Much compensation Can I Claim?

By Brett Williams. Last Updated 10th July 2021. Welcome to our guide on broken rib claims, rib injury compensation claims and rib injury claims. I broke a rib, can I claim compensation? If you have been involved in any type of accident that was not your fault, and you have suffered an injury to your ribs, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. This does not only include claims for broken ribs pain and suffering, but it includes all types of rib injuries, as well as those that come with other injuries to the body too.

Here at Accident Claims UK, we have years of experience in helping thousands of personal injury victims to get the compensation that they deserve, and this includes rib injury compensation. We have the experience and the know-how to give you a completely honest assessment of your case and secure you the maximum amount of compensation that is available.

You can call our number, at any time of the day or night, on 0800

073 8801, and we will provide you with free legal advice regarding your claim. But first, read on to discover everything you need to know about rib injury compensation claims.


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A Guide To Rib Injury Compensation Claims

No matter whether you are looking to secure compensation for broken ribs or you have suffered a different type of rib injury at work, in a public place, or elsewhere, you will find this guide as a useful resource. We will provide you with full details regarding making rib injury claims and broken rib claims. This includes details on claims in different types of environments, from rib injuries for children at school to workplace incidents.

You will also find details regarding the most common rib injuries, how to go about claiming, and the amount of compensation you may receive. If you still have any queries by the time you have finished reading this guide, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our personal injury solicitors for more information.

What Are The Most Common Rib Injuries?

A rib injury is any type of injury that causes bruising, tissue damage, fractures, or a break to the ribs or the structures that support the rib cape, such as cartilage and ligaments. Rib injuries tend to be very painful, especially as you consider the fact that every time you breathe your ribs flex. Some of the most common types of rib injuries include the following:

  • Rib injuries that have happened due to a physical assault. If you have been kicked in the chest or knocked to the floor because someone else has attacked you, you will certainly be able to claim.
  • Falling from a height. Individuals especially at risk of this include people that work from a height on a daily basis as part of their job, including scaffolding and other high-level construction roles, and window cleaners.
  • Sporting accidents. The risk of a rib injury is higher for those who are involved in contact sports, for example, football and rugby.
  • Being crushed. This is a very common type of accident for those in industrial work environments. Those working in warehouses, as well as operators of heavy equipment and machinery, can often suffer crush injuries to their ribs.
  • Road traffic accidents. Last but certainly not least, road traffic accidents cause the most rib injuries in the United Kingdom every year.

Of course, it does not matter whether you sustained an injury that has been mentioned or a different type of injury, you will still be able to claim so long as you can prove someone else’s negligence.

I Suffered A Rib Injury At Work, Can I Claim Compensation?

We have helped many people to secure compensation for workplace accidents, including those who have suffered a broken rib at work, for financial losses as part of general damages and special damages (including loss of earnings). As per law, all employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that every working environment is as safe and healthy as possible.

If your employer has failed to do this, for example, he or she has not provided the right equipment or training, or they have not carried out the necessary risk assessments, you could be able to make rib injury claims. Please note that you could also be able to claim for any income you have lost as a consequence of the accident too in broken rib claims.

Rib Injuries Caused By Slips, Trips, And Falls

There is no denying that slips, trips and falls are some of the most common rib injury compensation claims we handle. In fact, they are the most common of all types of accidents in the United Kingdom. There are so many different ways a rib injury can occur in this manner. For example, you may have fallen and cracked your ribs due to uneven paving slabs. Or, did you slip on a wet floor in a supermarket that had not been marked properly? No matter what has happened, you should call us today to get started.

A lot of people do not know whom they should be claiming against in such a situation, but we can handle that. It will be whoever is responsible for the area, be it a business or the local council.

Rib Injuries Caused By A Car Accident

When it comes to serious injuries, car accidents are right up there. This probably does not come as much as a surprise when you consider that the steering wheel of a vehicle pretty much perfectly aligns with an individual’s chest, and so it is easy to see how rib damage can occur.

If you want to make broken rib claims for a car accident, you will need to show that someone else is to blame. They could have been speeding or drinking under the influence, for example. Call us for more information on rib injuries and broken rib car accident claims.

How Severe Can A Rib Injury Be?

When it comes to determining the amount of compensation for broken ribs or any other type of rib injury, the severity of the injury you have suffered is taken into account. With some injuries, a quick recovery is possible, though you could still make rib injury claims.

However, there are a lot of cases that involve serious and long-term effects, which can include damage to the heart and lungs. This highlights why it is so important to get the medical attention you require as quickly as possible.

It is also worth noting that if you have suffered any psychological injuries, you will be able to claim for these as well.

My Child Had A Rib Injury At School, Could I Claim Compensation?

There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your child in pain, and you may be wondering if you can make a rib injury claim on his or her behalf. The good news is that you can. As the child’s guardian or alternatively as their parent, you will have three years to make rib injury compensation claims on their behalf from the date of the accident your child has had.

If you do not do this, your child will then have the ability to do so from the date of their 18thbirthday. Again, there is a three-year time limit for this. Nevertheless, we do advise that you claim for them now, as it is much easier to claim closer to the event.

When it comes to these types of cases, you need to show that the school staff or operator was negligent and that this resulted in the pain and suffering your child experienced. There are a number of different ways that the school operator could be negligent. This relates to any sort of claim whereby the rib injury happened because the school grounds were not maintained or looked after to the level they should be, for example, the playground facilities had not been checked or maintained to a sufficient level.

In terms of making a claim against the school staff, this relates to incidents whereby school employees have not carried out their duties to the level that is expected of them, and this has resulted in your child being injured.

Broken Rib And Rib Injury Compensation Calculator – Updated July 2021

We often get phone calls asking us how much money the caller will get if they claim. We are happy to advise on this, but it is important to stress that it is not as simple as how much compensation for bruised ribs or how much compensation for bruised ribs in car accident cases.

Every case is different, even if the injuries fall under the same category. Someone suffering from bruised ribs may make a quicker recovery than someone else, for example. One individual may have other injuries along with the bruised ribs, whereas the other may not. One person may be able to continue with their work, whereas the other may be sidelined for weeks or months.

As you can see, all cases are individual, and they are treated as such to ensure that a fair amount of compensation is awarded at all times. What we can do, though, is give you an understanding of the average settlement value of broken ribs and other common rib injuries. You can refer to the table below for this information.

Type of injury that has been sustainedDescriptionTypical payout for this type of injury
Chest injuryRib injuries that also contain other damages to the chest, for example, soft tissue injuries. The individual may also have puncture wounds above and over the rib injury that they have sustained.£29,380 to £51,460
Traumatic chest injuryThis payout is for compound injuries that have happened because of rib damage, as well as damage to the lungs or heat because bone fragments have penetrated these organs.£61,710 to £94,470
Scarring of the chestThis relates to rib injuries whereby chest scars have happened as a consequence. This could, for example, happen because a lung has been punctured due to a one or more ribs breaking. The amount that the claimant receives will depend on how severe the scarring is.£7,350 to £21,330
Fractured ribThis relates to all types of fractures, be it major or minor, and whether the injuries are short or medium term. Of course, all of these different factors will have an impact on the exact amount of compensation you will get.Up to £3,710

If you cannot find the injury you have sustained in the compensation guide payouts table above, please do not panic. You could still make broken rib claims for compensation. If you want to know the sort of figure you are likely to be looking at, simply call our team, explain what happened, and they will be able to give you an understanding of what cases of your nature tend to receive.

How To Begin A Rib Accident And Injury Claim

Are you ready to go ahead and start your rib injury claim? If so, you will probably want to know how to go about it. Luckily, we make the process as simple and straightforward as we can.

Once you get to the end of our guide, you will find all of our contact details, including our telephone number and email address. Simply get in touch with us and we will provide you with a free consultation.

This is a bit of a fact-finding session for us so that we can determine what happened and provide you with the best advice. We will then set about determining the different types of evidence you have at your disposal, as well as advising you on some of the steps you should take now if you have not already.

If your rib injury compensation claims are strong, we will proceed under our No Win, No Fee agreement, which you can find out more about in the next section.

Gathering evidence to support rib injury claims

At the time you are injured, your immediate thought won’t be about getting evidence to support your claim. However, it is something you will need to think about if you are going to claim damages. That’s because you will have to show how the accident happened, who caused it and how you sustained your injured ribs. Therefore, we’ve written this section to help you understand what sort of information could help you.

  • Photographs of the accident scene. If you’re able to do so, we’d suggest taking as many pictures as possible before the scene is cleared.
  • Witness details. Where somebody else saw the accident take place, ask for their details. A witness statement might corroborate your version of events if liability is denied.
  • Medical evidence. Following your accident, you should have your rib injuries assessed at A&E or by a GP. The medical records created at the time will show what injuries you presented with and the treatment you received.
  • Photographs of your injuries. While rib fractures and other rib injuries won’t be visible, photograph any visible symptoms such as bruising. Do this regularly until you’ve healed fully.
  • Report what happened. If you were injured in an accident at work or in a public place such as a shop, report your accident. You are allowed a copy of the accident report which could help to confirm when and where the accident took place and how you were injured.

If you’d like the evidence you have available reviewed for free, please get in touch.

Rib Injury Claims: No Win No Fee

One of the main features regarding our service is No Win, No Fee approach. When you make a claim with us, you can have complete peace of mind because it will always be handled on a No Win, No Fee basis.

You may be wondering what this means. Basically, this is a payment structure whereby the personal injury victim does not pay any legal fees if the case fails in court. If you do not get compensation, you don’t have to worry about funding a legal service, as the case has not been a success. Therefore, any financial risk you were worried about has been eradicated.

No Win No Fee and Rib Injury or Broken Rib Claims

The No Win, No Fee payment structure also enables people to claim who are worried they do not have the finances to do so. This is because the payment will be taken from the compensation amount, rather than being provided upfront.

We truly believe that this is the best payment structure for our clients, offering the protection they otherwise would not be afforded. Moreover, it gives them the assurance that their solicitor is working hard for them and that they have a strong case for their rib injury claims.

Also, we would like to point out that while other legal firms claim to be No Win, No Fee yet still implement charges, we are 100 per cent No Win, No Fee.

Why Claimants Choose To Work With Us

While it is true that there are many legal firms in the UK today that can assist you with broken rib claims, we are confident that you will not find a better company for the job than us. Why is this so? Well, there are a number of reasons…

  • We have extensive experience in the industry. We have been helping thousands of claimants to get the compensation they deserve for many years now, including individuals that have suffered similar injuries to yours. Our track record in personal injury claim cases speaks for itself, and we will always match you with a specialist solicitor that has up to 30 years of experience.
  • We put our customers first. We know that this may sound like a cliché, but it is true. There are too many companies out there that only take on claims to take their customers’ money. They don’t care about the pain they are experiencing or how much stress and sadness they have been through. We do, though. We want to get justice for you, and we do this by ensuring we always seek the maximum broken rib claim amounts. Our No Win, No Fee approach shows that we don’t mess our customers around and that we only take on cases that have a good chance of being successful.

We are sure that, if you speak to any of our previous clients, you will see that we have always tried to secure a payout for their rib injury compensation claims as quickly and smoothly as possible so that they can focus on their recovery.

Start Your Claim Today

Are you ready to make a rib injury claim and get the compensation you deserve? Perhaps you have a few more questions and you would like to speak to an experienced advisor for assistance? No matter what applies, we are here to help, and the best thing is that we provide this legal advice free of charge. Ask as many questions as you like! There is no obligation to use our service, although we are sure you will want to proceed if we tell you that your case is a strong one.

Get in Touch About Broken Rib Claims and Rib Injury Claims

So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today on 0800 073 8801 to get started. You can call at any time that is convenient for you, as our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you want to know your broken rib value or you want details on making a bruised ribs injury claim, we can help.

You can also request a call back if you would prefer. Simply use the box on our homepage, fill in your details, and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

We also have a live chat feature on our website, which enables you to connect with an advisor instantly, or you can send an email to office@accidentclaims.co.uk and we will aim to respond to you within three hours if you have contacted us on a weekday,

Useful Links

All about broken ribs – NHS

This link takes you to the NHS page for broken or bruised ribs. You will find information regarding the most common symptoms, when to get medical help, as well as some of the things that you should and should not do to ease the pain.

HSE information

This link takes you to the UK Government’s Health and Safety Executive website. You will find details regarding the reporting of accidents and incidents at work. If you have been injured in the workplace, reporting what has happened is a legal requirement. Find out more about this here.

Accident at Work Claims Information 

If you have suffered from an accident at work click this link to find out more about claiming.

How to Claim Compensation for a Slip, Trip or Fall on Snow and Ice

Did you injure your ribs after slipping in winter weather? See if your guide can help you decide what to do. 

Concussion Accident Injury Claims

Are you thinking about making a personal injury claim for concussion? Our guide could help. 

Cycling Accident Claims and Advice

If you’re a cyclist who’s been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, read our guide. 

Rib Injury Claims and Broken Rib Claims FAQs

How much is a fractured rib worth?

A fractured rib is worth different amounts for different cases. The compensation you receive is dependent on whether the fracture involves complication, whether you’ve suffered psychologically and how much you’ve lost out on financially.

Is it worth going to the hospital for a broken rib?

If you think your rib is broken, NHS advice is that you might not need full medical intervention. However, call 111 if you’re concerned and visit a doctor if your injuries are the result of a serious accident. 

How much can I claim for bruised ribs in a car accident?

How much you could claim for bruised ribs after a car accident is dependent on how much pain and suffering they caused you. Talk to our advisors for a solid estimation.

Do doctors do anything for broken ribs?

Surgery is usually the treatment that doctors recommended for any victims of this injury.

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

This could take up to 6 weeks depending on the severity of the broken rib.

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

There could be significant pain, swelling around the rib cage and also possible skin bruising.

What helps broken ribs heal faster?

It’s advisable to use ice and pain medication for chest injuries, as well as repeatedly taking deep breaths.

What happens if you leave a broken rib untreated?

This could cause severe health complications in the short-term, as well as potentially serious long-term breathing problems.

Thank you for reading our guide to rib injury claims and broken rib claims. We hope you have learned a lot about rib injury compensation claims.