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|Total removal of one lung and/or serious heart damage||£80,250 - £119,650|
|Traumatic injury to the chest, lungs or heart with permanent damage and reduced life expectancy||£52,390 - £80,250|
|Damage to the chest and lungs causing some continuing disability||£24,950 - £43,710|
|Chest injury causing some permanent tissue damage but no significant long-term lung problem||£10,040 - £14,320|
|Injury from inhaling toxic fumes or smoke||£4,240 - £10,040|
|Fractured ribs or muscle injury to the rib cage and chest||Up to £3,150|
Have you suffered a chest injury that was not your fault, and are now considering making a chest injury compensation claim? JMW Solicitors can help you find out how much you could be owed.
The estimates given above have been generated by JMW’s Compensation Calculator, which uses data from the Judicial College Injury Tables. Using this information, you can make a decision about whether or not you wish to begin the claims process.
For a more accurate calculation of how much your claim might be worth or to formally begin legal proceedings, get in touch with the expert solicitors at JMW today by calling 0800 054 6570, or by filling in our online enquiry form to request a call back. You can find out more about our personal injury claim services here.
What Should I Do Next?
Now that you know how much your chest injury claim could potentially be worth, it is important to take the right steps to successfully move the claims process forward.
The most useful action to take is to speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case and personal circumstances. This will allow you to obtain personalised and more accurate advice on how much you could claim, as well weighing up your legal options.
If you choose to begin the compensation claims process in earnest, your solicitor will make contact with the party responsible for your injuries, and start compiling the strongest possible case for you. By gathering evidence and reviewing all of the available information, they can help you achieve the best outcome and receive a fair compensation settlement.
What Can Affect the Value of a Compensation Claim?
The value of a compensation award accounts for more than just the injury itself. It is also based on the wider impact the incident has on the individual’s life, finances and professional prospects, in order to properly reflect the damage they have suffered.
Determining the level of compensation for a chest injury can be particularly difficult, because this type of compensation claim is relatively uncommon and usually complex in scope. The payout will need to be calculated according to the effects it has on the injured party, the age and gender of the claimant, any long-term scarring sustained, whether life expectancy has reduced, and the impact on the individual’s work and home life.
By speaking to your legal team, you will be able to get an accurate appraisal of how many of these factors are relevant in your case, and how much you could be owed as a result.
How Can Compensation Help?
Chest injuries can have a huge and long-lasting impact on you and those around you, with some of these consequences often being lifelong.
Compensation awards will help to fund your medical and rehabilitation bills, and cover the costs of any lost earnings. If your injuries were so severe that you are not able to make a full recovery after your accident, the money can also be used to pay for long-term treatment and necessary modifications to your living area and lifestyle.
Additionally, they can help to compensate you for any psychological impact that has been caused by your injury, providing peace of mind and helping you move on with your life.
Types of Chest Injury
Chest injuries vary in severity depending on the type of injury and its cause. Less serious injuries can be painful and debilitating, while the most severe are potentially life-threatening because of the vital organs that could be affected.
For more information on some of the more common and serious forms of chest injury, read on below. If you have suffered a chest, lung or heart injury following a road traffic incident, an accident at work or some other circumstances, give JMW a call on 0800 054 6750 for a free, no-obligation discussion.
A crack or break in one or more of the ribs is typically caused by a blow to the chest. This type of injury can be especially debilitating as it makes it difficult for the patient to move or take anything more than shallow breaths without causing pain.
Until fractured ribs heal, it can be hard for sufferers to go about their day-to-day and working lives while their ribs are healing.
The technical term for a collapsed lung is pneumothorax, and describes when the space between the lung and the chest wall (pleural space) fills with air. This puts pressure on the lung and causes it to collapse, preventing it from expanding as it should.
Collapsed lungs typically occur following a broken rib or puncture wound in the lung, and can lead to shortness of breath and chest pain.
Blunt and penetrating traumatic injuries
Blunt chest trauma refers to injuries caused by a collision with a blunt surface or object, whereas a penetrating chest trauma describes an injury caused by an object that pierces the skin, such as a bullet, knife or other sharp objects.
Both blunt and penetrating injuries are very serious in nature and can cause a wide range of medical problems, such as:
- Collapsed lungs
- Hemothorax - blood in the chest cavity
- Sucking chest wounds
- Bleeding heart
- Cardiac tamponade - blood and fluid in the sac surrounding the heart
Industrial and asbestos-related diseases
Lungs can be seriously damaged as a result of a range of occupational and asbestos-related diseases, such as:
- Chronic lung disease
For more information about making an industrial disease claim, click here.
Talk to Us
To find out how to make a chest injury claim, speak to JMW Solicitors today. Our team can give you a clearer idea of how much your claim could be worth and guide you through the whole process.