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|Removal of lung and/or very severe heart damage||£88,000 - £131,000|
|Traumatic chest/lung/heart injury||£57,000 - £88,000|
|Severe damage to chest/lungs||£27,000 - £48,000|
|Moderate damage to chest/lungs||£11,000 - £15,000|
|Collapsed lung||£1,800 - £4,500|
|Fractured ribs||Up to £3,400|
Have you suffered a chest injury that was someone else’s fault? If so, you may be interested to know how much compensation you could claim for your injury.
Our compensation calculator provides information on average compensation amounts for different types and levels of injury, to give you an idea of how much you could recover. However, remember that these are just estimates - for a clearer idea of how much you could claim, speak to our specialist solicitors.
In this instance, the term ‘chest injury’ refers to the chest, the lungs and the heart. An injury to any of these parts of the body can be very severe and cause serious long-lasting problems and disability.
Determining the level of compensation for a chest injury can be difficult because this type of compensation claim is relatively unusual, but is usually complex in its scope. It also depends on the effects it has on the injured party, the age and gender of the person claiming, any long-term scarring sustained on the affected area, whether life expectancy has reduced, and the impact on the patient’s work and home life.
Types of Chest Injury
We have helped individuals who have suffered from a range of chest, lung and heart injuries caused in road traffic accidents, accidents at work and a variety of other circumstances.
Chest injuries can be particularly serious and damaging because of the vital organs that could be affected. Some of the more common types of chest injury we’ve dealt with in the past, are listed below:
A crack or break in one or more of the ribs is typically caused by a blow to the chest. The injury can be especially debilitating as it makes it difficult for the patient to both move and take any 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, putting pressure on the lung and causing it to collapse, preventing it from expanding as it should.
This typically occurs 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 object.
Our solicitors have helped individuals who have suffered from both types of injury, in circumstances where another party’s negligence led to the accident that caused the injury.
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.
How Compensation Could Help You
Chest injuries can have a huge, long-lasting and sometimes lifelong impact on you and those around you. If your injury has been caused by someone else, you deserve to be compensated for your suffering.
In addition to that and any psychological impact that has been caused by your injury, a compensation award will fund your medical and rehabilitation bills, and cover lost earnings. Even if your injuries were so severe that you are not able to make a full recovery after your accident, compensation can help to drastically improve your quality of life.
To find out more about making a claim, read our in-depth guide by clicking here.