- My ribs were fractured in a bad traffic accident – am I entitled to claim for rib injury compensation, and if so, what should I expect for compensation?
My ribs were fractured in a bad traffic accident – am I entitled to claim for rib injury compensation, and if so, what should I expect for compensation?
If your accident was primarily due to another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to seek rib injury compensation from the party responsible for causing the accident. If negligence is not in question, you may seek substantial rib injury compensation depending on the severity of the injury, and its impact on your life.
A rib injury often poses other health problems as the ribcage houses the internal organs such as the heart and lungs. Injuries to the ribs can lead to severe breathing difficulties and additional pain as pressure is put on the lungs. Therefore, a claim for rib injury compensation also considers the effect that the injury has had on your quality of life as well as the basis damages you would be entitled to for pain and suffering.
Aside from looking at the injury’s effect on your life, rib injury compensation also addresses the financial losses attributable to your accident. For example, if you have been unable to resume working, you may claim loss of earnings for the time you are expected to stay off work. You may also claim for the costs of treatment, physiotherapy, special travel arrangements, and the like – costs which are directly associated with your injury and which you did not have before the accident.
If at all practicable at the time of the accident, it is also helpful to take photographs of the scene, record the vehicle’s registration number and exchange contact information with the other party. The accident should also be reported to the police if they did not attend the scene of your accident and a copy of the entry made in their “Road Traffic Accident Report Book” should be retained to support your rib injury compensation claim.
As all of these factors are variable, and no two rib injury compensation claims are identical, it is impossible to state how much rib injury compensation you may be entitled to receive without a full assessment by an experienced personal injury solicitor. Bearing this in mind, should you be approached by the negligent party´s insurance company with an offer of early settlement, it is highly unlikely that their offer is an accurate reflection of your true entitlement of rib injury compensation.
In order to receive further advice about the procedures you should follow and how much rib injury compensation you may be entitled to, you should contact a solicitor at the first possible opportunity.