What to do when you break your ribs in an accident

Qualifying for Broken Ribs Claims

If you have had the misfortune to break your ribs in an accident for which you were not to blame, you may be qualified to make broken ribs claims for compensation. In order to claim compensation for a broken ribs, you have to show that somebody who owed you a duty of care was negligent in their actions – or lack of actions – and that their negligence resulted in you sustaining a broken ribs.

Even if you were partly to blame for the accident which resulted in your broken, you may still be able to make claims for broken ribs injury compensation. However, compensation amounts for broken ribs claims in Ireland are usually reduced to reflect your own lack of care – especially if you made your ribs injury worse by not immediately seeking medical attention or by failing to keep out-patient appointments after being discharged from a hospital or clinic.

Broken Ribs Compensation in Ireland

Most broken ribs claims in Ireland have to initially be submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland for an assessment of your broken ribs compensation claim. The Injuries Board Ireland will organise their own medical examination of your ribs injury after obtaining confirmation from the negligent party that they are prepared to accept liability for your broken ribs injury, and then calculate the compensation amount for your broken ribs injury claim based on the Book of Quantum and any additional information you have provided to them.

Should you disagree with the Injuries Board´s calculation of broken ribs injury compensation, you can reject their assessment and be issued with an ”Authorisation” to pursue your broken ribs claim for compensation in the courts. The negligent party – or, more frequently, their insurance company – also have this right; so, until the Injuries Board issues an “Order to Pay”, you will not know whether your broken ribs injury claim has been successfully resolved or not.

Compensation Amounts for Broken Ribs Injury Claims

Although Injuries Board Ireland base their calculations of how much compensation for a broken ribs on the guidelines published in the Book of Quantum, compensation amounts for broken ribs claims can often be much higher. This is because claims for broken ribs compensation should also account for the impact that your broken ribs has on your quality of life and lack of ability to achieve everyday tasks.

If you are unable to deal with household chores, drive, attend a social event or participate in your regular leisure pursuits because of your broken ribs injury, you can include these inconveniences and missed opportunities in your claim for broken ribs injury compensation. Indeed, it is recommended that you maintain a diary to record the times when your broken ribs prevents you from having a full and active life.

Potential Issues with Broken Ribs Claims

There are a number of potential issues with broken ribs claims in Ireland which can influence how much compensation for a broken ribs injury you receive. The fact that you may have contributed to the cause of your accident or the extent of your ribs injury has already been touched upon; but failing to fully complete the assessment form to the Injuries Board Ireland for your ribs claim or accepting a direct offer of broken ribs compensation from the negligent party´s insurance company – without first undergoing a professional assessment of your broken ribs claim – may also negatively affect broken ribs injury claims for compensation.

No two broken ribs injury compensation claims are identical – even when the nature and severity of the ribs are the same. Making one mistake in the broken ribs injury claims process could leave you inadequately compensated and unable to support your family or pay medical bills, and you may have to return to work quicker than you should. If you accept a broken ribs injury compensation settlement which is insufficient for your needs you cannot go back and ask for more and, for this reason, you should always discuss the circumstances of your accident and the nature of your ribs injury with an experienced solicitor at the very beginning of the broken ribs injury claims process.

Expert Advice about Broken Ribs Injury Claims

If you believe that you have sustained a broken ribs injury due to the negligence of somebody who owed you a duty of care, and would like a free assessment of your broken ribs injury claim for compensation, you are invited to call our helpline on free phone and speak directly with an experienced solicitor who will provide you with expert advice about broken ribs claims.

Our service is completely free of charge and you are under no obligation to proceed with a broken ribs injury claim for compensation once you have spoken with us. However, if we feel that you have a broken ribs claim which is worth your while to pursue, we will provide you with all the information you need to decide – in your own time – whether making a claim for broken ribs injury compensation is something you wish to do.

Our lines are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 10.00pm on freephone or you can take advantage of our call-back request at the bottom of the page, and one of our helpful team will get back in touch to discuss your accident and broken ribs injury when it is more convenient for you.



This is an Information site only – if you feel you have a potential claim, you should discuss your situation with a solicitor registered with the Law Society of Ireland.