Have you suffered a chest injury after a collision?

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2022 | Car Accidents

While most people drive to their destinations safely each day, there are still a number of road traffic collisions in Connecticut. In fact, studies indicate that between 250-300 people are killed on the Connecticut roadways every year.

One of the more serious injuries that can occur after a collision is chest injuries. The rib cage protects the most vital organs in the body, so a chest injury ultimately has the potential to be fatal. Outlined below are a few things to consider.

Broken ribs

Broken ribs in themselves can be extremely painful. These can occur when the body is rocked forward and collides with the dash or steering wheel. Airbags offer some form of protection, but they are not always enough to prevent serious injury altogether. The recovery period from fractured ribs tends to be at least several weeks. During this period, the injured party generally suffers severe pain and discomfort and is unable to work.

Internal injuries

Sometimes, a collision is so bad that the rib cage is compromised and the bodily damage extends to the internal organs. Internal bleeding is very dangerous because it isn’t always picked up immediately. Symptoms might take a day or two to present themselves. If your lungs or heart have been damaged then your life’s in danger. Thus, it is always best to be cautious after a crash and let a medical professional check for signs of internal bleeding.

If you’ve been seriously hurt by the negligent acts of another road user, you may be able to claim legal compensation. This will help you to cover medical bills and expenses at the very least. Make sure you have experienced guidance behind you before making your next move.

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