If you have experienced a fractured sternum in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
To find out if you could claim, call our expert personal injury lawyers on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch with us online.
The sternum, otherwise known as the breastbone, is a vertical bone at the centre of your chest that connects your collarbones and upper ribs. Along with the pectoral muscles, your sternum protects critical organs, bones and your spinal column from injury.
Because of this, if your sternum is broken, you may suffer other complications that require extended medical care and prolong your recovery time.
Injuries to the chest, like a fractured sternum, can be very painful. The amount of pain you experience will depend on the type and severity of your sternum injury.
A broken sternum is usually a self-limiting injury which gets better without the need for treatment or surgery. However, because you use your chest all the time when you breathe, it is difficult to rest it. Usually, it takes about 4-6 weeks to recover from a fractured sternum, with bruising taking between 2-4 weeks to heal.
If your job involves a lot of manual handling or lifting, you are unlikely to be able to return to work while your sternum injury heals. When you do return to work, you may be restricted to light duties until you have completely recovered.
If you have had to take time off work as a result of your injury, you may be able to claim loss of earnings as part of a personal injury claim.
Because fractured sternum injuries often occur alongside another injury, it is difficult to predict the total amount of compensation you could receive. However, the figures below give you an idea of how much you might receive for your fractured sternum, only.
Level of injury
|Mild sternum injury causing pain and some permanent damage.||£9,575 – £13,650|
|Fracture of the ribs or damage to connecting tissue, causing serious pain and short-term disability||Up to £3,000|
Our solicitors are experienced in helping individuals claim compensation following a fractured sternum injury and are ready to help you. Following an initial free consultation, we will guide you through the claims process from start to finish and will be available to answer any questions you may have along the way.
You have three years from the date of your injury in which to make a personal injury claim. It’s therefore, is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Call First Personal Injury today on 0800 808 9740 or send us an online enquiry via our website.
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