£119,650 can help you recover from a chest injury


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Friday 12 October 2018


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Chest injury compensation awards in the UK

There are many different types of chest injury leading to a wide range of compensation amounts and relevant claims – from a fractured rib on the lower end of the scale of £3400 to the seriousness of having a lung removed resulting in a claim up to £131,000.

If you have been the victim of a chest injury that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to a significant compensation award.

What are the types and causes of chest injury?

A chest injury is considered any injury or problem to the chest area, including the lungs and the heart. It includes:

Fractured ribs

While this is a fairly common injury, that doesn’t make it any less painful. Having one or more fractured ribs is incredibly painful and can make it very difficult to breathe, as well as impeding movement considerably.

Fractured ribs are usually caused through some sort of impact to the rib area, such as from a car accident or fall onto an object at work.

Given the level of pain and the debilitation caused due to the shortness of breath, it is often impossible to work while recovering from fractured ribs, and the impact on your quality of life in general is considerable.

Collapsed lung

When the space between the lung and the chest wall fills with air, pressure is put on the lung which prevents it from expanding during breathing – a collapsed lung.

Collapsed lungs are commonly caused from other chest injuries, such as a broken rib, or because of penetrating trauma to the area.

Blunt trauma injuries

Blunt trauma refers to internal injuries where the skin has not been penetrated. Typically, blunt traumas occur due to an impact with an object and are common in car accidents or significant falls. Blunt trauma injuries to the chest area can be very significant and even life-threatening and even something that seems minor, such as a bruised chest wall or chest pain after falling on your back, can often be the cause of more serious conditions:

  • Collapsed lungs

  • Sucking chest wounds

  • Blood leaking to the heart

  • Blood flooding the chest cavity (a hemothorax)

Penetrating trauma injuries

Penetrating chest injuries are those where an object has passed into, or through, the body. It includes stab wounds, gunshot wounds, and impalement. While headline-grabbing gunshot wounds are rare in the UK, accidents in the workplace involving sharp objects can be just as damaging, with chest injury from falls high on the chest injury compensation tables.

Penetrating injuries can cause a similar catalogue of related chest injury problems as blunt trauma injuries, as well as leading to infections and other associated medical issues.

Industrial diseases, including asbestos-related diseases and asthma

Damage to the lungs due to work-related environmental issues, such as asbestos or other harmful substances in the air, are also classed as a chest injury.

For more information on these issues, read our articles on ‘Claiming Compensation for an Asbestos Related Disease’ and ‘Claiming Compensation for Asthma’.

Chest injury compensation calculations – your personal injury payout guide

As with all injury compensation claims, there are a set of guidelines which indicate the appropriate financial award that should be given in each case. The following table shows the complete list of chest injury awards, from soft tissue injury compensation to chest wall injury:

Severity Compensation
Fractures of ribs or soft tissue injuriesUp to £3,150
Injuries leading to collapsed lungs£1,750 to £4,240
Toxic fume/smoke inhalation£4,240 to £10,040
A relatively simple injury (such as a single penetrating wound)£10,040 to £14,320
Damage to chest and lung(s) causing some continuing diability£24,950 to £43,710
Traumatic injury to chest, lung(s) and/or heart causing permanent damage£52,390 to £80,250
Total removal of one lung and/or serious heart damage£80,250 to £119,650

Remember, your personal claim is not guaranteed to receive these exact numbers – they serve as guidelines and many factors can adjust your final award settlement.

It is in your best interest to keep records on all relevant medical treatments, as well as any expenses incurred due to your condition, from simple parking receipts from hospital car parks, to invoices from third-party medical practitioners, such as osteopaths or emotional counselling.

How easy is it to make a chest injury compensation claim?

At Accident Line Direct, we believe that everyone has the right to proper legal representation to help them get the compensation that is due to them. To facilitate this, we work on a No Win No Fee basis, charging nothing at all during the process of making a claim and taking a small percentage of the final compensation award as our payment only if, and when, the claim is successful.

By working with a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer, you can initiate your compensation claim right away with no concern over finances. This is important as you must begin any process to claim compensation within three years of your becoming aware of the damage – and in the case of chest injuries, that is usually straight away.

Will I put my former employee and colleagues at risk by making a claim?

Many people suffer from the guilt that by making a claim against an employer, they are putting the business at risk and could be putting their colleagues, or former colleagues, out of work. Rest assured that this is not the case. Indemnity insurance will be in place that covers your employer for any compensation claims that arise due to a problem in the workplace, and this insurance protects the business and any individual from the financial implications of compensation. In reality, the worst impact on the business will be a rise in their annual insurance premiums.

The same is true for other accidents, such as car accidents where the legally required car insurance is in place to cover for compensation.

The government believes, as do we at Accident Line Direct, that you are entitled to financial recompense to mitigate the pain and suffering that comes about from an injury that is not your fault. A claim should not be held off due to any financial reasons or misplaced feelings of loyalty. You only do yourself further harm by not claiming what you are due.

Can I claim for medical negligence?

If you have suffered due to chest injury complications following medical treatment, then you may be entitled to claim for medical negligence. In these cases, it is important to keep copies of all records and details of every treatment and the results. It can also help if you maintain a diary detailing any pain or other issues.

How can Accident Line Direct help?

If you have suffered a chest injury due to something that was not your fault, call Accident Line Direct today for help and advice. We will get you a consultation with a solicitor who has expertise in chest injury claims, from workplace-related compensation to medical negligence claims.

Please also share this article with any friends or colleagues who you know have suffered from a recent chest injury – they may be entitled to a substantial payment that they are missing out on, and with a three-year limitation might lose that entitlement forever.

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