Chest and Abdominal Injuries From Car Accidents
Car accidents can cause a lot of damage. On top of the money you spend repairing the vehicle, you may also have to spend huge amounts healing your own body. Even if you do emerge feeling unscathed, you aren’t necessarily in the clear. There are a number of injuries that aren’t always apparent until days or even weeks after a car crash.
One common type of injury that isn’t always clear following a car crash are chest injuries. These types of injuries can have lasting effects on your life in the form of extensive healthcare costs and ongoing pain. Some injuries could even cause death if not treated quickly. Chest injuries come in many forms and can range in severity depending on the specifics of the crash, whether it be by an impact to the chest or twisting motions due to the severity of the forces involved in a crash. Regardless of the cause of a chest injury, it’s important to take the right steps after a car crash to make sure that your health and legal interests are protected.
As personal injury experts, we’ve handled thousands of injury cases. We’ll walk you through some of the basics of car crash injuries and some steps you should take to protect yourself after an incident.
Chest Pain Following A Car Crash
It’s common to experience symptoms like pain in the shoulder, chest wall, arm, or torso after suffering a chest injury in a car accident. The pain may mean that common actions like coughing, sneezing, or even breathing could be made difficult and increase the severity of pain or soreness. Even if you think you’re just suffering from some soreness, it’s important to seek medical care after a car crash because many injuries take time to develop and your injuries could be more serious than they seem.
Chest Injuries After A Car Accident
If you suffer from symptoms like breathing problems after a car accident you may have injuries to your blood vessels, lungs, or heart. The specific types of injuries may range in type or severity depending on the site of the impact. A blow to the chest can break the bones that protect the lungs, neck, and heart. Mild symptoms may come in the form of shortness of breath or dizziness. Likewise, an impact to the lower part of the torso can cause injuries to the internal organs located there, like the liver, kidneys, and spleen.
The most common chest injuries from a car accident are:
- Bruised ribs
- Muscles strains
- Fractured sternum
- Diaphragm rupture
Again, we recommend that you always seek medical attention after a car crash for a number of reasons. The most important of those reasons is your health. Many chest injuries might not be apparent immediately after a collision because of the numbing effects of shock. This means that it could take days for you to feel the full extent of your injuries. Another reason to get immediate medical care is that some potentially deadly injuries (like internal bleeding) are difficult to notice without expert care.
Once your safety is ensured, another reason to seek medical care is that it creates a documented record that ties your injuries to the time of the accident. This documentation can be used as evidence to support your case when pursuing compensation for a personal injury after the crash.
New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers
After suffering an injury from a crash, you can pursue a personal injury case against the negligent driver who hurt you. This compensation can help ease the burden caused by factors like pain, medical expenses, and lost wages due to injury. However, in order to win your case you have to prove that the other party was at fault and their insurance will work against you to limit your payout. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side fighting for your legal interests.
To take a deeper look at what damages you may be entitled to, contact the team at Richard J. Hollawell and Associates. We’ve handled thousands of personal injury cases and treat each of our clients with compassion and care. We fight for our clients with tenacity and have won over $50M in settlements. Call us at 1-800-681-3550 or use the contact form to get your free consultation today!
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