Before you make a claim for compensation in respect of a chest injury, you should ensure that you have a full medical diagnosis of your injury including the extent of the damage sustained. The only proof that is needed on your part is that you have suffered your chest injury as a result of another’s negligence and carelessness making them legally responsible for your injury. Where your injury has been sustained through exposure to hazardous substances at work then a claim may in fact be brought against your employer for your suffering. In this case, you must prove that your employer did not have the proper protections in place to limit your exposure therefore is legally responsible for your subsequent injury.
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A chest injury is the collective name given to any injury or illness affecting the body between the neck and the diaphragm. This area of the body is made up of various parts including:
Damage to the chest area is often caused by industrial diseases through inhalation of dangerous chemicals or fibres such as asbestosis. However, damage can arise through trauma to the chest area also as a result of a road traffic accident or sporting accident particularly in rough contact sports. Therefore, if you have sustained a chest injury through an accident that was not your fault but in fact caused by the negligence of another then you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.
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Compensation is dependent on the severity of an injury as well as the pain and suffering that an individual has endured since the accident. Other financial considerations that will also be accounted for are that of current and future loss of earnings, medical costs as well as travel expenses. It is important that you obtain a full medical diagnosis of your injury as well as the considered recovery time as this will ultimately affect the amount of compensation offered to you. The law does provide guidance as to quantum in respect of a chest injury claim. As such, a minor injury such as fractured ribs with little recovery time may attract a financial payout up to £3,000 whilst a serious injury affecting the heart and lungs may expect a payout as much as £110,000. In all circumstances, it is best to consult a specialist personal injury solicitor in the first place since they will be better able to advise you as to your own case and claim.
Following your medical diagnosis, you should seek legal advice as soon as is practical. A consultation with a specialist personal injury solicitor would ascertain whether your claim is valid and if so then the possible compensation that you may be offered. At Jones Whyte Law, we pride ourselves on our experienced personal injury personnel therefore are always willing to listen to clients and their compensation claims.
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