How can I claim for broken rib compensation? I broke my rib after falling off a broken ladder at work.

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

In order to claim for broken rib compensation it must first be established that your injury was sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence. As your employer has a legal duty of care to provide you with a safe working environment, the blame for your accident would likely fall on him or her since the broken ladder you fell off was probably a consequence of the failure in his duty of care.

A claim for broken rib compensation must be submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland for assessment. The process is rather straightforward; you can send your application either by post or online by filling out an application form explaining your injuries and the circumstances in which they were sustained (“Form A”) and by submitting it along with “Form B”, which is your doctor’s medical evaluation and any receipts for costs you have incurred that are attributable to the accident.

It is recommended that you consult with a solicitor before you submit an application for your broken rib compensation claim to be assessed. Though straightforward, it may be difficult for an individual unfamiliar with this process to adequately present their injuries and the implications they have had on their life. By having a solicitor fill the form out on your behalf, the likelihood of a satisfactory assessment will be greatly increased.

Your solicitor would know how much compensation you are fairly entitled to and could negotiate the terms of your broken rib compensation with the negligent party’s legal representatives while your claim is being assessed by the Injuries Board. This could ensure that your claim is successfully resolved in a shorter length of time.

Broken rib compensation should not only account for the pain you have experienced in an accident but also the negative impact your injury has potentially had on your life and any expenses that you have incurred as a result of your injury should also be considered. If you feel that you have a viable compensation claim for an injury that was caused by another person’s negligence, by engaging with a solicitor who can assist with your Injuries Board application and can enter negotiations with the negligent party’s insurers, your claim’s success is better guaranteed.