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Broken ribs as the result of an accident

Claiming for personal injury compensation for broken ribs

Clear Answers is part of the most experienced personal injury law firm in the UK. If you have suffered broken ribs in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

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Causes of broken ribs

Sometimes even a minor blow can cause a rib to break, crack or bruise (bruising of the muscles around the rib). However, more serious accidents such as road traffic accidents, falling from height or crushing accidents, can result in more serious injuries. This may include multiple breaks or even the puncture of a lung, known as a pneumothorax. If you are injured in any accident which involved a blow or crushing to the chest, you should go to your nearest A&E department as you may need an X-ray, ultrasound scan or CT scan to find the extent of your injuries.

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Symptoms of broken ribs

If you have broken a rib it will feel painful every time you breathe in and you may have swelling, bruising or feel tenderness around the area of the break. It is important that you try to breathe normally so that the lung can continue to expand and avoid the risk of a chest infection or pneumonia.

Applying an ice-pack (or just a packet of frozen peas) may help reduce the swelling and common pain relief products will help to control the pain and allow you to continue breathing normally.

It is obviously not possible to put a splint on a broken rib and it is important not to put a bandage around the chest as this would also stop the lungs expanding fully.

Most rib injuries will be left to heal on their own and that means you will be expected to deal with this at home. However, if you suffer shortness of breath, pain in the abdomen or shoulder, a cough or fever, you should seek immediate medical attention as this may be an indication that you have a punctured lung. Most rib injuries will take about four to six weeks to heal.

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Working with broken ribs

Whilst your broken rib(s) heal, it is likely that you will need to take some time off work, particularly if you have a job which involves some physical activity or lifting.

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Making a personal injury claim for compensation

Clear Answers lawyers are experts in all aspects of personal injury compensation claims, such as injuries resulting in broken or fractured ribs. Our specialist personal injury lawyers are waiting to advise you, will explain the claim process in plain English and answer any questions you have about making a compensation claim.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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