Treating bruised ribs – injury lawyer in Ower
If you have been in an accident and suspect that you have bruised ribs then there are ways to treat this, and make yourself more comfortable. Bruised ribs can be incredibly painful, even though it is not as worrying as broken ribs, and may take some time to heal, so the more you can do to ease the pain and speed up healing the better.
Bruised ribs can be the result of falling over or being in a road accident, or even being the victim of an attack. If something has happened to you that wasn’t your fault, and has caused bruised ribs, then you may want to find an injury lawyer Ower and claim compensation.
How to find an injury lawyer in Ower
Call the Accident Advice Helpline on: 0800 689 0500, or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to a member of the friendly, helpful team about your accident. They will be able to tell you if you have a good case for compensation and point you in the direction of the 30 second test on the website to find out how much compensation you can claim.
You are under no obligation to proceed after this call, but if you do you will be passed onto an injury lawyer in Ower who will work with you on your claim. Your injury lawyer in Ower will work on a 100% no win no fee* basis on your behalf, to get you the compensation you deserve, and you shouldn’t even have to go to court.
Find out if your ribs are broken
Broken ribs are much more serious than bruised ribs and can have very dangerous complications. A broken rib can pierce a lung or another organ if it is not dealt with right away.
Run your hands gently across your rib-cage checking for swelling, protrusions or dents. If there is light swelling but nothing too serious then you probably have bruised rather than broken ribs. However, if it is very painful or impossible to take a deep breath then you should get to a doctor as soon as possible.
Ice the area
Ice will bring down the swelling and numb the pain of your bruised ribs. It can also help to heal the area much more quickly than if you leave it alone.
Bruised ribs will probably be fairly painful for quite a long time, so learn how to manage the pain without medication as much as you can, using ice, but feel free to take painkillers through the worst of the pain. Ask your doctor if they can prescribe something strong for the early days.
Manage your breathing
Taking a deep breath might be uncomfortable, but you should try to take one prolonged breath in every hour or so. This will help to keep your breathing steady and stop you from becoming lightheaded. If you smoke – stop smoking at least until your injuries are healed.
Date Published: 16th October 2013
Author: David Brown