Broken ribs are usually caused by a blow to the chest or a fall, and whilst they can be incredibly painful, they are normally left to heal naturally, unlike some other fractures. It may take around 3 to 6 weeks for broken ribs to heal, and it’s important to avoid straining or lifting anything heavy during this time, as you may cause yourself further injury. If your broken ribs are the result of a workplace accident or a slip, trip or fall in a public place, why not consider claiming broken ribs compensation? You could receive a settlement which helps to cover the cost of medical bills and compensate you for any lost earnings due to time off work.
How did your accident happen?
There are a number of different types of accidents which could lead to broken ribs, but here are just a few examples:
- Vehicle collision
- Tractor or vehicle rollover
- Pavement or building collapse (crush injuries)
- Objects falling from height
- Blow to the chest caused by heavy machinery or equipment
- Fall from height
- Slip, trip or fall
If you’ve been injured at work, your employer may be held liable for your accident if it can be proven they have been negligent. Or it might be that you have been injured after a faulty gas main caused a pavement collapse. In this case, the gas supplier responsible for the maintenance of the gas main could be at fault. If you’ve suffered injuries to your ribs after a vehicle collision and the other driver was speeding, claiming broken ribs compensation will be possible – after all, it wasn’t you who caused the accident.
Think carefully before you decide whether or not to make a claim, but don’t wait around too long. There’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, and you can get confidential, no-obligation advice from Accident Advice Helpline’s expert personal injury advisors at any time.
How are you feeling?
It can take time to recover from broken ribs – time and ice packs, painkillers and lots of rest. If you suffer symptoms such as increasing chest pain or shortness of breath, coughing up blood, high temperature or other unusual symptoms, you should seek emergency medical attention as it may be that your broken rib has punctured your lung or injured another internal organ – or you may have a chest infection. Once you’re on the road to recovery, give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you have a viable claim for personal injury compensation.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton