Rib injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating. The rib cage is involved not only in protecting important organs such as the lungs and heart but is involved in processes such as breathing. These types of injuries are also difficult to recover from. The constant movement of the rib cage makes bone and ligament healing lengthy and uncomfortable.
If you do a manual job such as working in a factory or on a construction site, a rib injury will hamper you and may mean time off work with a consequent loss of earnings. Even simple tasks can be made more difficult with a torn ligament or muscle strain. For example, driving and doing mundane household chores can be extremely painful.
Can I Make a Claim for Compensation?
If you have suffered a rib injury and it was not your fault but was caused through negligence or the action of another party, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
For example, your injury may have been caused at work. If your employer was negligent in the health and safety measures, then they could be liable to pay that compensation.
You might have had a fall or slip and broken a rib or caused other damage. If the cause of the accident was because of a negligent third party, then you could also make a claim. An example of this would be if you attended a business and slipped on the floor because it was wet, and the company had not made the appropriate effort to signpost or dry the area.
Alternatively, the rib injury may have been caused during a car accident that was not your fault which also means you could potentially make a claim.
Any compensation claim can award you damages for non-physical and physical injury. This may include loss of earnings because of your injury, costs to cover your rehabilitation and other medical expenses as well as compensation for the psychological impact of the injury.
How Do I Make a Claim?
If you have suffered from a rib injury, it is important to gather as much evidence as you can at the time of the accident so that it can be used to prove your case. While this is not always possible, it could include photos of the location where the accident occurred and names of any witnesses. In places like supermarkets, construction sites or in offices, there will be a set accident reporting process in place that will note down the facts.
The next step is to contact a personal injury lawyer and talk through your claim with them. The initial consultation for this type of legal action is usually free so that the solicitor can determine whether there is a case or not.
Personal injury solicitors generally run what is called a no win no fee service. This means they will take on your initial claim without charging upfront fees. A charge will be made once the claim is successfully settled and an amount of compensation is awarded. This allows people who may not have the initial finance to undertake a complicated legal claim can do so without worrying about the costs. If the claim is not successful, you pay nothing.
If you have been involved in an accident which causes a rib injury and it was not your fault, contact our professional team today to see how we can help.