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If you've suffered a rib injury, we're here to help

It can take a long time to recover from broken or cracked ribs, and any rib injury can be painful and make it difficult to get on with your daily life.

If you've been injured due to an accident that happened in the last three years and was somebody else's fault, we may be able to help you make a broken or bruised ribs injury claim

You could get compensation for your injury and its effects on your life and you may be able to claim on a no win no fee basis. This means there's no financial risk to making a claim as long as you have the correct insurance. We can arrange this for you.  

We have several decades of experience in helping with personal injury claims. Speak to us today on to find out whether you could claim rib injury compensation, or if you just want impartial advice.

You can also continue reading below for more information on rib injuries, making a claim and how your bruised or broken rib compensation amount could be calculated.  

What are the most common causes of rib injuries?

Rib injuries are usually caused by a sudden impact or blow to the chest. They can happen because of many different types of accident. Common rib injuries can be caused by:

  • Road traffic accidents as a driver, passenger, or even a cyclist or motorcyclist. You could claim compensation for broken ribs suffered in a car accident if it wasn't your fault. 
  • Slips, trips and falls in public places such as restaurants and cafes can lead to chest injuries, especially if you've fallen onto or against something. Owners of public businesses have a duty of care to make sure you're kept as safe as possible.
  • Accidents at work, particularly in industries where people use dangerous machinery or work at height. Employers are legally required to create safe working environments.
  • Sporting accidents causing rib injuries are often nobody's fault, but other times you could suffer due to faulty equipment or other forms of negligence.

Whatever your situation, if somebody failed to follow regulations and you've suffered a rib injury as a result, we may be able to help you.

We know it can be difficult for you to tell if someone else was at fault or ‘liable' for your accident. We can help you understand whether you could claim broken, bruised or fractured ribs compensation. Simply call us for a free, no-obligation chat about your situation on .

How serious are rib injuries? 

Because the rib cage is there to protect the heart and lungs, damage to the ribs can lead to serious internal injuries that can sometimes even be fatal. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, we know how devastating this can be. 

The NHS advises that broken or cracked ribs can take around 3-6 weeks to heal. This is because broken ribs can't be splinted like limbs can, so they have to be left to heal naturally.

All types of rib injuries such as tissue damage, bruising, or damage to the ligaments surrounding the rib cage can be very painful. And you shouldn't be put off claiming for bruised ribs compensation if you don't think it sounds as serious as other rib injuries. 

After suffering a blow to the chest, you should always visit a doctor or hospital as your injuries might be worse than you think. Medical reports can also be useful evidence of your injury when it comes to making a claim, and your doctor can give you advice on how to help your recovery.

If you do decide to speak to us, we'll ask you some questions and talk with you about your injury to get a better idea of what happened. This is so we can fully understand if and how we can help. 

Talking about your injury may feel daunting or upsetting, but we'll only ask you the questions we need to ask to understand whether you could make a broken or bruised ribs injury claim. If we think you could, we'll ask if we can put you in contact with a specialist lawyer. 

They'll be able to update you and answer your questions throughout the claims process. They'll also negotiate your fractured or broken rib settlement amount with the other party, so you don't have to.   

Along the way, your lawyer will ask to access your medical records and organise a free medical assessment to support your claim. Rest assured you'll be in safe hands every step of the way.

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How much compensation could I get for broken or bruised ribs?

Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy answer. The average settlement for broken ribs or bruised or cracked ribs varies depending on the situation but will usually be higher if the injury and its impacts are more severe.

When negotiating your compensation, your lawyer will consider your physical pain as well as any financial losses you suffered as a result. These factors are known as general damages and special damages.  

Making a recovery often means taking time off with reduced pay or no wage at all. Special damages compensation can cover the cost of:

  • Lost earnings
  • Accommodation costs
  • Travel costs
  • Care and medical expenses, including prescriptions, medication and any private treatment
  • Any costs to your family and loved ones caused by your injury

The guidelines for general damages compensation for cracked or broken ribs are set by the Judicial College, part of the Ministry of Justice. Below are some relevant examples from the 15th edition:

Type of injuryCompensation amount
Fractured ribs or muscle injury to the rib cage and chestUp to £3,710
Broken rib injury causing lungs to collapse£2,060 to £5,000
Traumatic injury to the chest, lungs or heart causing permanent damage £61,710 to £94,470


These figures are only provided as a guide and the amount you could receive will depend on your situation. We'll be able to give you a more accurate idea of your possible pain and suffering settlement for broken ribs once we've collected all the evidence needed to support your claim. 

While we can't change the results of your injury, making a claim could help you get the financial support you need to get back to where you were before your injury.

Try our compensation calculator to see an estimate of your bruised or broken ribs claim value.

Who pays my rib injury compensation?

The responsible party for your compensation varies depending on how your injury happened. 

If you were hurt in a road accident for example, the other person's insurance company will pay your car accident broken ribs settlement. If they're not insured, the Motor Insurers' Bureau will cover it. 

If your injury happened in a public place, the person or organisation responsible for it will pay your rib injury compensation. You can read more about who that could be on our public injury claims page

If you're making a broken or bruised ribs injury claim after an accident at work, your employer's insurance will pay your compensation. They're legally required to have insurance for workplace injuries and cannot treat you any differently for making a claim. 

Learn more about claiming compensation after an accident in the workplace on our work injury claims page.

Why choose us to help you claim compensation for broken ribs?

Making a rib injury claim can seem like a hassle. You might be worried that it will take a long time and that you'll be swamped by confusing legal jargon.

But with years_since years' experience, we know how important it is to keep the process as simple and straightforward as possible. It's partly why we're rated ‘Excellent' by independent customer reviews on Trustpilot.

We'll explain the claims process in plain English and help you understand if you can claim. If you decide to go ahead, we can pass you on to a trusted lawyer. Our expert legal team often work on a no win no fee basis, so as long as you have the right insurance, you won't pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. We can arrange a policy on your behalf. 

You can get in touch with us for free, impartial advice on , or fill out our callback form below. We'll never rush or pressure you to go ahead with a broken, cracked or bruised ribs injury claim.