Why you shouldn’t ignore chest pain after a car accident

Auto accidents cause a high number of injuries, some more serious than others. Unfortunately, one of the more life-threatening of injuries also happens to be one of the most over-looked by patients themselves: chest pain. Many people assume the discomfort they are feeling in their chest is just muscle pain from the impact and that it will go away by itself, but timing is very important when diagnosing serious chest injuries. The pain and stiffness you are feeling in your chest might actually be from an injury to your ribs, lungs, or heart. When any of those areas are injured, whether it be a minor bruise or cracked bone, it can be very dangerous to your health and well-being.

Rib injuries:

The most common cause of a rib injury is usually a sudden stop, causing the body to strain against the belt. This can lead to severe rib fractures.

Rib injury can also be caused by the body straining in one direction during side impact collisions. During these types of crashes, there is little to stop the body from being whipped from side to side, resulting in rib fractures.

Steering wheels are also often the cause of rib injuries. drivers strike the wheel with their chests during the course of the accident, causing broken ribs, or worse, sternum and chest wall injuries.

All of these injuries can manifest themselves as chest pain.

Lung injuries:

Car accidents can also cause serious lung injuries, resulting in severe chest pain. Pneumothorax, or a punctured lung, occurs when the lung membrane is punctured due to impact, or penetration of an object into the lungs. If left untreated, a punctured lung can quickly develop into a collapsed lung and other serious medical conditions.

Heart injuries:

Heart injuries can very easily go undiagnosed because there are no immediate and evident symptoms. Most commonly, those who are involved in car accidents report experiencing myocardial contusions, or bruising. Most symptoms of heart injuries following an auto accident may not appear until a few weeks, or a few months, after the crash.

How to safeguard your well-being:

If you, or someone you love, has been involved in an auto accident that has resulted in personal injuries, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney as soon as possible. If you were the victim of an auto accident, you are entitled to compensation for the medical bills, pain, suffering and even future medical procedures. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you prove that the other person is at fault through a detailed look at the case. Our firm has a substantial amount of attorneys, nurses, and investigators who are specialize in not only helping you physically, but helping to prove negligence also. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you through every step of the process of filing a personal injury claim. Contact one of our offices today to get started with your free consultation.

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