How to find out if you are entitled to compensation for broken ribs
In April 1921, an inquest was held into the death of William Clarke Barratt, (72). Barratt was a retired upholsterer formerly of Abbey Road, Exeter. He died in the Exeter Mental Hospital. The medical officer heard how Mr Barratt was kept in a padded room on admission from the city Workhouse on March 24th 1921 until being removed to bed 4 days later. He was restless and required restraint to keep him in bed.
The post mortem revealed that Mr Barratt had suffered from Bright’s Disease – this term is no longer used – it means chronic kidney disease. He also had 3 broken ribs. He was admitted to the Exeter Mental Hospital because he was so restless that the Workhouse nurses could not keep control of him. Walter Harold Trice, the Workhouse attendant, gave evidence that Mr Barratt had tumbled a few times. The coroner returned a verdict of natural causes.
The poor man probably suffered beatings
The poor man probably suffered beatings to try to make him keep still. He would not have received any compensation for his negligence even if he had lived. Today, if people suffer similar injuries because of negligence when in care, they might be able to claim compensation for broken ribs.
After you have received the appropriate medical treatment, you should telephone the Accident Advice Helpline. It is a compensation provider for personal injury compensation. A trained adviser will guide you through a 30 second test to determine whether you could be eligible for compensation for broken ribs.
After that, an online calculator will estimate how much compensation for broken ribs you might be able to claim if an accident solicitor takes your case on and wins. This would be on a no win no fee* basis. All legal partners of the Accident Advice Helpline operate on these terms.
Most claims can be processed by telephone and most claimants need not attend court. If you are worried about making that initial call, you can rest assured that your call will be treated sympathetically and that you are under no obligation. You decide if you wish to go ahead with the claim.
To find out if you are entitled to compensation for broken ribs, you should telephone the Accident Advice Helpline without delay. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.