Rib injury compensation claims
This guide sets out what you need to know about making a successful rib injury compensation claim.
According to the Oxford University Hospital, rib injuries can take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Your recovery can be affected by complications related to your rib injury, such as: chest infections, pneumothorax, haemothorax, surgical emphysema and abdominal injuries. Rib injuries are typically caused by a fall or the impact of an object hitting the chest or vice versa.
If you have suffered a rib injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
If you have suffered a rib injury, such as bruised or fractured ribs, and the accident was not your fault, it may be that another party can be held liable. The person or organisation responsible for your rib injury is very much dependent on the circumstances surrounding your accident.
If you have suffered a rib injury at work, your employer may be responsible for what has happened. Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their staff. If your employer has failed to train you in how to perform your duties safely or provide suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), your employer can be held liable for the consequences.
Employers are also responsible for ensuring that equipment is maintained to safe standards, and that there are no obvious risks to the well-being of their staff.
Your rib injury might have occurred when you slipped while visiting commercial premises, such as a restaurant or shop. If this is the case, the person or organisation who is responsible for the premises can be held liable. Most businesses have public liability insurance. In the event of an accident on businesses premises, a compensation claim would typically be made against this policy.
Rib injuries quite commonly sustained in road traffic accidents or 'RTA's' when a driver or passenger's chest impacts with the steering wheel or dashboard of the car. The person who was liable for the accident (such as another driver) could be pursued for compensation.
On some occasions, people experience rib injuries as a result of engaging in sports such as horse riding. If you have not been instructed in how to engage in your chosen sport in a safe manner, the person or organisation providing the lessons or classes could be held responsible for your injury.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
If you have suffered a rib injury because of the actions or neglect of another party or organisation, it is likely that you will have a case for claiming compensation. Having sought medical attention and treatment, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. Quittance's panel of solicitors have many years of experience of dealing with compensation claims for rib injuries, and can advise you on whether or not you are likely to be successful.
Quittance's panel of solicitors will help you to gather all the evidence that is needed to pursue a claim, and can give you an estimate of how much your case is likely to be worth. There is usually a limited amount of time in which you can claim compensation for rib injuries, therefore, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as you are able.
Typically a no win no fee agreement (technically called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) is entered into between the claimant and a PI lawyer.
The CFA is in essence the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for the claimant.
It documents what the lawyers will actually do as well as how he is rewarded if your claim is ultimately successful.
If you instruct Quittance Personal Injury for your rib injury claim there are no extra fees , no up-front fees and the comfort that you wont be financially out of pocket.
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
Road traffic accident claims
Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.
Find out more about claiming rib injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim rib injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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About the author
Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.
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