More than three million Americans are injured each year in car accidents. From whiplash to traumatic brain injuries, the complications can be serious. While car accident injuries can vary greatly due to the circumstances of each crash, there are some common types of injuries, such as chest injuries.
In this blog post, we’ll look at what you should know about the types of chest injuries that commonly occur after a car crash.
Chest contusions or bruises are common after a car accident. It’s important to seek medical attention if you feel any soreness, since it could signal more serious internal injury. Broken ribs and internal injuries can also occur after a vehicle crash. A more complicated type of broken ribs, known as “flail chest” occurs when impact occurs at such force that it breaks off a section of ribs. Internal injuries could include pneumothorax (collapsed lung) or sucking chest wound, which means that air is being taken in the wrong way.
Who’s At Risk?
Drivers are particularly at risk for chest injuries since they are positioned behind the steering wheel. However, if an individual is thrown forward in an accident, the chest will experience a high level of force against the seat belt, even if no impact is made with the steering wheel or dash. While the importance of seat belts has been well documented, it is normal to experience some pain due to the seat belt’s performance during a collision. (Although, the pain is likely saving your life!)
If you or a loved one has experienced a chest injury due to an automobile accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.