By Megan Hale. Last Updated 20th December 2022. Have you experienced a sternum fracture in an accident? Did the negligence of someone who was responsible for ensuring your safety cause this accident? If so, you may be able to claim. Our fractured sternum compensation calculator can provide you with a reliable compensation estimate.
What Is The Average Settlement For A Sternal Fracture?
This guide will answer important questions, such as:
- What can you do for a fractured sternum?
- What are common fractured sternum causes?
- How long does a fractured sternum take to heal?
- What does a breast bone fracture feel like?
- What are the kind of things you could claim when seeking compensation for a fractured sternum?
- How can our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors help you receive compensation?
Our advisors are available 24/7 and offer free legal advice so, if you have any questions, queries or simply want to know if you’re eligible to make a claim, give them a call on 0800 408 7826 or fill out an online form. Alternatively, please read on to find out more about how our compensation payout calculator could help you.
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- What Is A Fractured Sternum?
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- Claiming Personal Care Costs After Breaking Your Sternum
- How Do I Calculate My Personal Injury Settlement Amount?
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You can suffer a fractured breast bone due to high impact trauma. It can be very painful and can lead to further complications, which can have a negative impact on your life.
In order to claim, it’s not enough that you sustained injuries as the result of the accident you were involved in. You need to be able to show that someone else’s negligence led to the accident that caused your injuries. If you caused the accident yourself or if it happened because of forces that were outside anyone’s control, you may not be able to claim.
You may be wondering about the amount of compensation you could receive for a chest injury or rib fracture. Our personal injury calculator can provide you with a reliable compensation estimate. All you need to provide is:
- What kind of injury you sustained
- How the injury occurred
- Financial losses, if any, you’ve suffered due to it.
If you’d prefer, you can speak to one of our advisors for free legal advice using the phone number at the top of this page. They can provide an estimate to you over the phone and answer any questions or queries you might have about the claims process.
The sternum moves with the ribcage when we breathe as it sits in the centre of the chest. Because of this, fractured sternum symptoms can include:
- Pain when breathing, resulting in you taking shorter, more laboured breaths.
- A cracking or grinding noise when the injury occurs
- Potential discomfort when you’re moving arms or lifting objects.
You should always seek medical attention if you have fractured your sternum. You may not require surgery, but you should make sure that you get medical attention.
Upon arriving at the hospital, a doctor can perform diagnostic tests to make sure your heart has not been damaged. This is because a fractured breast bone is above the heart and near the lungs, so checks need to be performed to make sure a piece of fractured bone hasn’t injured it.
You may require surgery, but usually, a broken sternum will heal on its own within six to eight weeks. However, if you suffer complications, it can take longer.
Because a fractured sternum can cause pain when coughing or breathing deeply, it can stop you from clearing the natural secretions that build up in your lungs. Because of this, a fractured sternum could cause you to develop a chest infection.
For more information on what steps you should take after you’ve fractured your sternum in an accident caused by third party negligence, speak to a member of our team today. An advisor can offer you free legal advice about the steps to take to prepare for a claim.
There are two potential heads of claim when making a personal injury claim regardless of the injury you’ve experienced, whether it be a stress fracture or a sternum fracture. General damages relate to the physical and psychological pain caused by the injury, as well as the general decline in your quality of life. The more severe the impact of your injury, the higher your general damages award is likely to be.
Special damages, meanwhile, relate to financial losses you’ve suffered due to the injury. Things you could claim as part of special damages include:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs
- Recreational activities that you’re now unable to attend, for example, the cost of a holiday that you’re no longer able to go on.
Our fractured sternum compensation calculator can give you a quote in just a few minutes. Alternatively, our advisors offer free legal advice and can be called using the phone number at the top of this page.
In order to make a successful claim for personal injury, it’s essential that you prove that third-party negligence led to your injury. Third-party negligence is where someone owed you a duty of care, and this duty of care was breached.
This section will highlight fractured sternum causes by providing scenarios that could lead to successful claims. We hope that this will give you a better understanding of your own situation. However, if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Trips And Falls From A Height
Your employer has a duty of care to all of their employees while they are working. This means that they need to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of their employees.
Their duty of care is outlined in greater detail in The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. If they breach this duty of care, and you suffer injury as a result, you may be able to claim compensation due to their negligence.
Examples of employer negligence could include:
- You’re hit by a forklift truck that is being driven by someone without the proper training to do so. The force from the impact fractures your sternum.
- While working on scaffolding, you fall through the floor and land face-down on the ground. As a result, you experience a fractured sternum and a broken nose. This is because the scaffolding was not put together properly.
- An accident at work occurs because a piece of lifting equipment malfunctions. This causes the load being carried to swing out and collide with your chest, fracturing your sternum and one of your ribs.
Our compensation calculator can accurately value a claim for an injury sustained. You can also speak to our team for a free, no-obligation value of the compensation you could receive.
Car And Other Vehicle Collisions
Every road user in Britain has a duty of care to one another, which is outlined in The Highway Code. These are a series of rules designed to reduce the risk of injury on the road.
The duty of care is the same for all road users, whether you’re an experienced driver or have just passed your test. If a negligent road user has caused your injury, you may be able to make a successful claim. Examples of such negligence include:
- A driver is looking at their mobile phone, which causes them to swerve into the cycle lane. You’re knocked from your bike, and the force of the impact breaks your sternum and fractures your rib.
- A car accident occurs when a lorry fails to leave a safe stopping distance between your vehicles. They fail to stop in time at a red light and crash into the back of your car. The force from your seatbelt cracks your sternum.
- Driving your motorcycle and being crashed into by a car due to the driver going above the speed limit.
Being Struck By A Car As A Pedestrian
You may also be able to claim if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian due to someone else’s negligence. There are still rules you need to follow, whether you’re driving a vehicle or not, making sure you’re conducting yourself safely and responsibly while using the road. However, if you can prove that the collision was due to driver negligence, you could still receive compensation. Examples of this type of negligence include:
- While you’re crossing the road, a driver runs a red light. This causes them to hit you as you are crossing. The resulting impact causes your sternum to be fractured.
- While you’re walking on the pavement, a drunk driver loses control of their vehicle and crashes into you. This could cause multiple serious injuries, such as a broken foot or a fractured pelvis.
- You’re waiting on the side of the road to cross when a driver approaching the crossing falls asleep at the wheel. This causes them to veer into you and knock you off your feet, fracturing your sternum as a result.
Physical Assaults And Attacks
If you’ve been physically or psychologically injured due to being the victim of a violent crime, you can claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Incidents in which you could claim through the CICA include:
- Your sternum is broken during a sexual assault.
- While working, a disgruntled colleague pushes you from the scaffolding you are working on during an argument. The fall causes your sternum to break.
- While you’re in a shop, it is robbed. The robber throws you to the ground, and your sternum is broken in the impact.
For more information about the compensation you could receive for these types of injuries, read the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.
The Department for Transport provides statistics for road traffic accidents across Great Britain and has provided provisional statistics for 2020. As you can see above, one of the things they’ve provided statistics for is the number of road casualties by road user type. With 64,112 casualties, being a car occupant resulted in the most injuries by a wide margin. In comparison, there were 14,717 pedestrian casualties, 16,230 pedal cyclist casualties and 13,570 motorcyclist casualties.
While these figures are significantly lower than the car occupant figure, that is still many people who have been injured or killed while using the road. If you’ve suffered an injury using the road that was caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t feel like you shouldn’t enquire about claiming.
You can use our compensation payout calculator today for a quick and easy estimate. If you prefer, you can call one of our advisors for free legal advice using the phone number above.
As part of claiming for special damages, you might be able to claim care costs. Special damages relate to any financial loss you’ve suffered due to the injury. A fractured sternum can be a very difficult injury to deal with due to the pain it causes and the way it can affect your life.
You will still need financial evidence to show the losses you’ve sustained due to the injury. The things you can claim include:
- Prescriptions and medication
- Private healthcare to help with your recovery if you cannot get this on the NHS
- Gracious care from loved ones
Our personal injury calculator can provide you with a reliable compensation estimate in just a few minutes. It will provide you with a breakdown so you can see what your claim is made up of.
The Judicial College has analysed previous personal injury payouts to ascertain how much specific injuries are worth regarding general damages. They’ve done this by assessing the nature of the injury and its severity, comparing both with the amount of compensation the claimant received. By using this information, they’ve been able to come up with compensation brackets for a range of injuries.
General damages relate to the pain and suffering caused by the injury. To work out how much you could be owed in general damages, you will usually be invited to a medical assessment as part of your claim.
In this medical assessment, an independent expert will assess your injuries and confirm that they were caused by the accident. Their report will be referred to alongside the Judicial College Guidelines to help value your claim.
Special damages, meanwhile, relate to the financial losses suffered because of your injuries. Evidence will be required to prove the losses you’ve suffered. If you cannot provide sufficient evidence regarding this, you may not receive any compensation for special damages. Evidence you could provide includes:
- Bank statements
If you are considering making a claim for a fractured sternum, you may be wondering ‘What is the average payout for a broken sternum?’. This is because the various factors of your claim will affect how much compensation you could receive for your fractured sternum, such as any complications, recovery rate and persisting symptoms.
As we said in the previous section, the pain and suffering your injury has caused you will be compensated with general damages. To help you gain a clearer idea of how much you could receive in compensation for your injury, we have created the following table using the figures listed in the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a document that is used by many legal professionals to help them value claims, as it sets out compensation brackets for different types of injuries.
However, you should only use the following table as a guide.
|Chest (a)||Serious heart damage, or the removal of one lung which causes prolonged pain and significant scarring.||£100,670 to £150,110|
|Chest (b)||A traumatic injury to the heart, chest and/or lung(s) that results in permanent damage, a reduced life expectancy and impaired function.||£65,740 to £100,670|
|Chest (c)||Continued disability due to damage to chest and lung(s).||£31,310 to £54,830|
|Chest (d)||A fairly simple injury (like a single penetrating wound) resulting in some permanent damage to tissue but with no serious long-term effect to lung function.||£12,590 to £17,960|
|Chest (f)||Injuries resulting in collapsed lungs from which a complete, uncomplicated recovery is made.||£2,190 to £5,320|
|Chest (g)||Soft tissue injuries or rib fractures causing significant disability and pain for only a period of weeks.||Up to £3,950|
|Scarring||A singular disfiguring scar, or multiple laceration scars to the legs, arms, hands, back or chest.||£7,830 to £22,730|
|Fracture of Clavicle||Various factors such as the extent of the fracture, residual symptoms, and level of disability will affect how much is awarded.||£5,150 to £12,240|
Do not hesitate to contact one of our advisors today if you have any questions about starting a personal injury claim for a fractured sternum.
If you displayed cracked sternum symptoms and were subsequently diagnosed with a broken sternum caused by negligence, you could potentially claim compensation.
Personal injury claims can be made with the help of a No Win No Fee solicitor. A No Win No Fee solicitor is a solicitor that:
- May not require a hiring fee or request any ongoing payments for their work
- Would only take a success fee following a successful claim – this can only be taken from your awarded compensation as a small percentage
- Would not charge you for their services, if your claim was unsuccessful
Please reach out to our advisers to learn if you could claim for your cracked sternum with the help of No Win No Fee solicitor.
You can use our fractured sternum compensation calculator to give you a reliable compensation estimate in minutes. Or, if you prefer, you can speak to our advisors for free legal advice and guidance about making a claim. Using our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could result in you receiving thousands of pounds in compensation.
If you would like to start a claim today or are simply interested in finding out more, you can:
- Call us now on 0800 408 7826
- Write to us using the Live Chat window on the right-hand side of your screen.
- Contact us via our website.
We hope that you find our compensation calculator easy to use. However, we appreciate that some people may have trouble using it to value your claim or would simply prefer to speak to someone directly.
If this is the case, you can speak to our advisors 24/7 for free legal advice. They can judge your eligibility to make a claim and provide you with a reliable estimate over the phone.
For more useful information, use the links below.
Use the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website to learn more about falls from height in the food industry.
To find out more about rib fractures and chest injuries, visit the NHS website.
The Department for Transport provides more road traffic accident statistics which you can find here.
Have you suffered a rib fracture? If so, and you want to see if you can claim, visit our website.
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For answers to frequently asked questions about suffering a broken sternum, see below.
How to tell if you fractured your sternum
Potential symptoms of a sternum fracture include an inability to move your arms without being in pain and being unable to breathe without experiencing chest pain. For more information, please seek medical attention.
Is a fractured sternum serious?
It can be, as it can cause potential lung or heart issues. This is why medical professionals perform examinations on your chest upon entering the hospital – to see if the injury has caused any further damage.
How long does a cracked sternum take to heal?
How long a fractured sternum takes to heal depends on the severity of the injury. Typically, for broken or bruised ribs, according to the NHS, you could expect a recovery within 3 to 6 weeks.
However, after your sternum is cracked, you will likely need to take time off work to recover. If you wish to be compensated for a loss of earnings during this, get in touch with our advisors. They could connect you to our panel of personal injury claims solicitors.
We hope that you have found our guide on fractured sternum compensation calculator useful. Thank you for reading.
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