Sternum, Clavicle and Rib Cage

Rib cage fracture x-ray



If you have suffered a fracture to a part of your body such as your rib cage, clavicle, or sternum, you may be wondering if you are eligible to bring a compensation claim against the party who caused your injury. Below you will find general guidance regarding making your claim, together with details of how our team can help you.

Here at McCarthy + Co, our expert team of solicitors has brought many hundreds of successful claims against negligent third parties who have caused injury to our clients. Body fractures are common in all sorts of situations where a third party is at fault, such as in the workplace, in road traffic accidents, or at sports events. You may be unsure about whether the third party is at fault. If that is the case, you can speak to a member of our team today for advice. Get in touch via our contact page if you would like to speak to an expert right now.

Bringing a compensation claim for a fracture to the rib cage, sternum or clavicle

The most common causes of sternal and rib cage fractures include blunt anterior chest wall trauma and deceleration injuries. These are typically caused by vehicle collisions, athletic accidents, falls, and assaults. Clavicle fractures can also occur in these incidents but may also occur in childbirth.

When starting the process of bringing a claim for an injury relating to a clavicle, sternum, or rib cage fracture, it is important to keep in mind the following.

  • Preservation of evidence and inspection of the accident scene – in the case of serious accidents you should get a forensic engineer on the scene. They can attend at the scene of the accident and record what they have observed by taking measurements, sketches, notes, and photographs. You should also retain your own notes and photos where possible.
  • Enquire about the availability of other forms of evidence – for example, there may be CCTV footage in the public area where the accident occurred. Or you may need to take down the details of witnesses who saw the accident happen. If your accident happens at work, you will need to take statements from your colleagues and ensure that your employer preserves the accident scene until a forensic specialist can assess it.
  • Keep written records of your appointments with doctors and specialists – ask them to provide copies of their records and keep a note of all the medications you have taken.

Body fracture compensation

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) provides compensation guidelines for body fractures in their Book of Quantum.

Rib cage fracture compensation

About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with fracture compensation claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of related fields including body fractures to the sternum, clavicle, and ribs. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we have worked with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

Contact Us

If you have suffered a clavicle, sternum, or rib cage fracture, get in touch with our specialist personal injury solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on info@mccarthy.ie and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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