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Chest Claim Compensation Amounts: Discover how much you can claim for injuries to the chest, breast bone, ribs, sternum, lungs and heart
Chest claim: UK solicitor explains the body parts that can be injured as part of a chest claim, how your accident lawyer determines the amount of compensation you can claim together with examples of compensation amounts for injuries to the chest, breast bone, sternum ribs, lungs and heart.
What is a chest claim?
If you suffer an injury to your chest in an accident, such as a car accident, or as a result of hazardous chemical exposure at work – you could be entitled to make a “chest claim”. In other words – you could be entitled to claim compensation from the person or business considered legally at fault for your injury.
Which parts of your body can be injured in a chest claim?
There are various parts of your body which can be injured in a chest claim.
Your chest is the area of the body between the neck and the diaphragm – this part of the body is also referred to as the torso.
Your chest is made up of various different body parts, including:
1. Chest muscles, known as pectoral muscles.
2. The sternum or breast bone - the flat bone in the upper chest. Attached to the breast bone are the clavicles (shoulder bones), the upper ribs and the chest muscles.
3. The rib cage – this is made up of pairs of bones known as ribs (24 ribs in total), which surround the chest cavity. The first seven pairs of ribs attach to the sternum.
4. Inside of the rib cage are essential organs – the heart and the lungs.
An injury to one or all of these parts of the body can form part of your chest claim.
How does a solicitor calculate the amount of compensation your chest claim is worth?
There are two primary types of compensation for a chest claim as for any type of personal injury, which are: the pain and suffering you experience from your chest injury and financial losses you incur as a result of having the chest injury.
To establish the amount of compensation you can claim – your solicitor will instruct an independent medical expert to complete a report. The medical expert will look at your GP and hospital notes and examine your chest injuries. The expert will thereafter complete a medical report describing the exact nature of your injuries and a description known as a prognosis – which is an estimate into the future as to how long any on going symptoms of pain might last together with the likelihood of any deformity or permanent problems.
The medical expert will also consider whether any time of work you might be having is justified and proper medical expenses you might need to incur.
From this report your solicitor can examine previous cases decided by the courts in the past for with similar injuries to determine likely compensation amounts you can recover.
The financial losses you can claim will depend on your personal circumstances and actual costs and losses you have incurred together with supporting receipts.
How much is your chest claim worth?
Set out below are examples of chest claim compensation amounts in 2011 / 2012 for injuries to different parts of the chest:
1. Fractured ribs
Fractured or broken ribs with a lot of pain healing within a few months: £1,000 - £2,600
2. Collapsed lungs
Accidents which give rise to collapsed lungs (caused when the space between the wall of the chest cavity and the lung membrane fills with air from a hole in the lung or due to an injury to the chest wall) with a quick recovery to normal function – compensation amounts are between: £1,400 - £3,500
3. Permanent minor lung damage
Minor but permanent damage to the functioning of the lungs either from a chest wound or impact or from toxic fume inhalation can lead to average payouts between: £3,500 - £12,000
4. Chest and lung injury with moderate on going permanent problems:
Take the example of an impact with a car causing damage to the sternum / breast bone and also puncturing the lungs causing a permanent problem with lung function such as continued pain and shortness of breath. The amount of compensation for your chest claim could be worth between: £20,000 and £36,000
5. Serious injury to the lungs and heart
The most serious injuries to the heart and lungs in an accident will give rise to the largest amounts of chest claim compensation between: £40,000 - £98,000
How to make a chest claim for compensation
If you have suffered an chest injury and are considering making a claim or have any questions click chest claim compensation to ask me an online question or to arrange for me to call you back free of charge to discuss your potential chest claim.