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Thorax Injury Compensation

Individuals who have sustained thoracic injuries may experience long-term health issues including chronic pain, reduced lung function, and difficulties in breathing. These injuries can also lead to persistent coughing and an increased risk of lung infections. Additionally, there may be complications related to the heart and blood vessels in the chest area, potentially affecting overall cardiovascular health. The severity and nature of these ongoing issues largely depend on the extent and specific location of the injury within the thoracic region.

Illustration of the thorax

Types of Thoracic Injuries

Click on the links below for more detailed information regarding specific types of injuries that can affect the thorax, together with guidance around compensation for each category of injury.

Aortic Disruption

An aortic disruption is a serious condition where the aorta, the main artery carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body, tears or ruptures.

Blunt Cardiac Arrest

Blunt cardiac arrest refers to a sudden stoppage of heart function due to a direct, forceful impact to the chest area without any penetrating injury.

Cardiac Tamponade

Cardiac tamponade is a medical emergency where fluid accumulates in the pericardium, the sac surrounding the heart, causing increased pressure.

Esophageal Injury

Following an esophageal injury, ongoing health issues can include strictures leading to swallowing difficulties, chronic pain, increased risk of infections.

Flail Chest

Ongoing health issues from flail chest can include chronic pain, difficulty breathing, and decreased lung function.


A thorax fracture can cause many ongoing health issues, including persistent pain, difficulty in breathing, and reduced mobility or function.


Individuals who sustain a hemothorax may experience ongoing health issues such as respiratory difficulties and fluid buildup.


Following a pneumothorax, some individuals may experience recurrent lung collapses, chronic pain, and decreased lung function.

Pulmonary Contusion

Following a pulmonary contusion, ongoing health issues can include persistent difficulty in breathing and reduced lung function.

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Expert Legal Assitance for Chest Injury Claims

At McCarthy + Co, we recognise the profound and personal toll that serious injuries to the thorax can inflict. Our experienced team of personal injury solicitors provide an empathetic approach to guiding you through the process of claiming compensation.

The Compensation Claim Process

Our approach is straightforward and transparent:

  • Initial Consultation – We start with a free, no-obligation consultation to understand your case and advise on the best course of action.
  • Gathering Evidence – We help gather all necessary medical reports, witness statements, and other evidence to build a strong claim.
  • Negotiating with Insurance Companies – Our team skillfully negotiates with insurance companies to secure the best possible settlement.
  • Legal Representation – If your case goes to court, we provide robust legal representation to fight for your rights and interests.

Ready to bring your claim?

If you have sustained a thorax injury due to the negligence of a third party, you can arrange an appointment with one of solictors to discuss your next steps. Simply call us on the freephone number on this page or request a callback using our quick form and we’ll get back to you at a time that suits you.

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Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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