Fractured ribs generally don’t require medical treatment, although you should be diagnosed by a doctor. You’ll usually heal at home, and the average healing time for broken ribs is around 6 weeks, although it could be longer. Fractured ribs are a common injury in vehicle collisions or after falls from height, but can also be a crush injury caused by heavy objects falling onto you. If you’ve suffered broken ribs after an accident at work or a road traffic accident and somebody else is to blame, you have three years in which to make a personal injury claim.
How to care for broken ribs
Although the average healing time for broken ribs is just 6 weeks, there are plenty of things you can do to make yourself more comfortable during that time. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can help to ease pain, and you can use an ice pack over the first few days after your accident, to reduce pain and swelling. If your work involves physical labour or if you’re in a lot of pain, you may want to take time off work to rest, and your doctor will normally recommend carrying out breathing exercises to help keep your lungs clear.
You might be concerned about losing money if you take too much time off work, but your focus should be on recovering from your injuries. You could always make a claim for personal injury compensation if you have been injured and somebody else is to blame.
Choosing a personal injury lawyer
With the average healing time for broken ribs around 6 weeks, you’ve got time to think about contacting a personal injury lawyer to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation after your accident. It’s a good idea to choose a lawyer who specialises in personal injury law. At Accident Advice Helpline, our specialist personal injury lawyers have been helping people since 2000, and all work on a 100% no win, no fee basis. That means you can afford to make a claim no matter what your financial circumstances.
Whether you’ve been injured at work or in a car accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve, and you can call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim and get advice, in confidence and with no obligation to proceed with a claim. It’s free to call our helpline and we are open 24/7.
Date Published: May 30, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton