A chest injury includes damage to the heart, lungs or ribs, and can include broken ribs, as well as more serious conditions such as cancer and mesothelioma. If you have suffered a chest injury in an accident that was not your fault, contact Grieves Solicitors to find out if you can make a claim for compensation.
What are the common causes of Chest Injuries?
The chest can be injured in many ways, including:
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What are the common Causes of Chest Injuries at Work?
- Inhalation of fumes
- Building site accidents
- Crane accidents
- Dangerous practice and procedures
- Injury on dangerous premises
- Falling objects
- Farm/ agricultural accidents
- Forklift truck accidents
- Inadequate training
- Lack of personal protection equipment
- Ladder accidents
- Machinery accidents
- Manual handling accidents
- Office accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slip, trips and falls
Physiology of Chest Injury
Due to the vital organs that may be affected by an accident, chest injuries can be fatal.
Some common types of chest injury include
Fractured Ribs: A fracture in the ribs is usually caused by impact to the chest. The injury can be devastating and cause exceptional pain as it makes it difficult for the victim to move much and to take any more than shallow breaths. Until this type of injury heals it may be difficult for the victims to continue about their normal life whilst their ribs are healing.
Collapsed Lung: Pressure on the lung causes it to collapse, this occurs when the space amongst the lung and the chest fills with air, as it prevents it from expanding as it should. This can happen after a broken rib or puncture wound. The effects can lead to chest pains and shortness of breath.
Blunt and Penetrating Traumatic Injuries: Blunt traumatic injury- This refers to injuries sustained by an impact with a blunt surface or object.
Penetrating traumatic injury: Is an injury caused by an object that penetrates the skin. E.g. bullet, knife or sharp object.
How much could you claim for a Chest Injury?
If the injuries you have suffered are severe and thus consequently you are not able to make a full recovery after your accident, then compensation will assist to improve your quality of life after the injury as sometimes chest injuries may can have a lasting impact on you and/ or your loved ones.
|Minor injury, including rib fracture:
up to £3,100
|Mild chest problems, such as asthma or bronchitis:
up to £4,100
|Significant damage to chest and lungs resulting in disability:
£25,000 to £44,000
£12,000 to £85,000
£55,000 to £100,000
|Removal of lung, or serious damage to the heart:
£80,000 to £120,000
If you have suffered a chest injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.