Ribs protect the lungs and heart, and there are 24 ribs in the human body, 12 on each side. Unfortunately, rib injuries are not all that uncommon, and if you are wondering how you could develop a rib injury, then we’re here to tell you. This kind of injury is quite common from a road traffic accident or a fall, but did you know that you can break a rib just by coughing? Perhaps you’ve been involved in a car crash or public transport accident and sustained an injury.
Similarly, if you’ve tripped or fallen in the street or fallen from height then your ribs may have taken the strain as you hit the ground. Crush injuries can also lead to broken ribs – for example if you are crushed in a machinery or vehicle accident at work, you could sustain broken ribs, which could leave you in need of medical attention. Luckily, Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers are experienced at handling rib injury claims, so if you have been injured and you want to find out more about claiming compensation, you can get in touch with us.
How can you tell if you’ve broken a rib?
You will probably feel pain around your chest but the symptoms of a rib injury can vary. For some people, it’s obvious that a rib has been damaged because the symptoms will be painful and severe. In other cases, the pain may be less so. You may notice external bruising and swelling if you have sustained a blow to the chest or been crushed under something which has fallen on top of you. These can sometimes be the first indications of a broken rib, but the pain could be due to bruising and it’s vital to get checked out. If you think you have broken a rib or if you have pain to your chest, it’s vital to seek medical advice and a proper diagnosis, as you may have sustained other internal injuries that could be serious and require treatment. If you need to take time off work for treatment or time in hospital, we could help you to make a claim for compensation for your lost earnings.
How are broken ribs treated?
Treating a rib injury these days is quite different to how it used to be in the past. Broken ribs are left to heal themselves and binding the chest is discouraged. You might be surprised to learn that you probably won’t be offered an x-ray either. You’ll usually have your injuries assessed and be sent home with instructions to rest. Broken ribs can take around six weeks to heal – for some people this may be less whilst others can take longer.
Who was to blame for your accident?
This is an important question. If someone else caused the accident in which you suffered broken or bruised ribs then you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. This is financial recompense for your pain and suffering. You may also be awarded damages for any out-of-pocket expenses associated with your accident. If you’ve lost earnings for example or if you’ve been unable to drive and had to pay out for taxi fares. If you’re suffering the long term effects of a rib injury, your expenses may be mounting up. Even if you’re unsure who caused your accident, you can still get in touch with us to enquire about rib injury claims. You could find you are entitled to receive a substantial amount of compensation for your lost earnings and other expenses incurred as a result of your injuries. If your employer was to blame for an industrial accident which left you with broken ribs, or if a distracted driver caused a car accident which led to rib fractures, then we could help you to claim the compensation you’re entitled to.
How to claim compensation for a rib injury
You will need to find a personal injury lawyer to help you do this. Claiming for a rib injury with a professional law firm who specialise in compensation claims is the best solution. Your chances of making a successful claim and receiving the compensation you deserve will be higher. There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, and provided somebody else caused your injury and you sought medical attention after your accident, you should be eligible to claim compensation with us. Accident Advice Helpline has all the resources you need to help you make a claim and get the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. We have been established for over 16 years and we have a great track record of success, having helped thousands of people with their rib injury claims.
How much does it cost to make rib injury claims?
Don’t be one of the hundreds of people who miss out on making a compensation claim every year because they are worried about legal costs. We know that the aftermath of an accident can be a difficult time physically, emotionally and financially, especially if you have taken time off work for treatment and to recover from a rib injury. There is absolutely no need to be concerned about the cost of claiming for a rib injury. You’ll be glad to hear that all our expert lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. This mean there are no upfront legal fees to worry about – anybody can afford to make a claim with us, no matter what their circumstances after their accident.
Get in touch with us today
If your non-fault accident happened in the last three years and you had medical attention for your injuries then we can help you. Why not get in touch with us by calling 0800 689 0500 and speaking to one of our trained and helpful advisors. If you’re calling from a mobile phone then it’s 0333 500 0993. Or take our 30-second online test and see how much your claim might be worth. We are waiting to take your call and you have nothing to lose by getting in touch with us.
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