Experiencing some variation of chest pain immediately after a motor vehicle accident happens frequently. Experiencing chest pain a few days after a car accident occurred while feeling perfectly fine at the scene of the incident is also not uncommon. This can make knowing whether or not you have a chest injury quite difficult.
There are a handful of prevalent questions regarding chest pain after a motor vehicle crash, and Barrio Virguez has your concerns covered.
What Are Some Chest Injury Symptoms?
Often, people will walk away from a motor vehicle collision and feel like they do not even have a scratch on them. These same people are reluctant to have medical personnel examine them thoroughly, even though they most certainly should.
You may also feel as if you are one hundred percent fine. There is a good chance, though, that you are not one hundred percent fine. This is because the human body releases a powerful rush of adrenaline during traumatic moments such as a major motor vehicle accident. This stalls the feeling of pain from any type of injury, including chest injuries.
Chest injury symptoms can pop up a few hours, days, or even weeks later because of all this. Some common chest injury symptoms include:
- Chest discomfort
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain when coughing or sneezing
- Pain when pressure is applied to your chest
- Pain when moving and walking around
Seek immediate medical attention if you are feeling any one of these symptoms. You could have a chest injury as a result of your recent traffic collision. Untreated chest injuries can lead to far worse conditions and/or even death.
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What Are the Most Common Chest Injuries?
The bulk of chest injuries following a traffic accident is going to require some form of medical care and attention. The most common chest injuries to arise from a car accident include:
- Seat belt syndrome
- Internal bleeding
- Muscle strain
- Organ damage
- Organ failure
- Bruised sternum
- Bruised trachea
- Spinal cord injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Fractured ribs
- Punctured lungs
- Pulmonary contusions
This is not a full list of all the chest injuries you could sustain from a traffic accident. Contacting paramedics at the scene of the accident is the best way to figure out if you have a chest injury or not. Getting examined by paramedics and medical professionals at the scene of the crash also helps ensure that treatment for a chest injury can start right away.
What Can Lead to Chest Injuries in a Car Accident?
There are many ways for your chest to become seriously injured during the onslaught of a traffic collision. Flying car parts and other debris are the usual suspects when it comes to being hit in the chest by something with great force. This can cause a tremendous amount of pain to your chest and lead to injury because of blunt force trauma.
Blunt force trauma can also occur when your airbag deploys. This is due to the immense strength and speed that the airbag can hit your chest. Although it may seem odd for a personal safety device to actually end up harming you in a wreck, this is not all that uncommon.
Another device that is meant to protect your safety and well-being while riding in a motor vehicle is the seat belt. This is yet another personal safety device that can seriously injure you during a collision. This is because of how tightly constricted your stomach and chest are during the crash.
Chest injuries in car accidents that are due to seat belts are often known as “seat belt syndrome.”
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What Is the Treatment for Chest Pain?
Medical treatment for chest-related injuries will vary depending on what the injury is and how severe it is. The most crucial action you can take following a serious motor vehicle accident is to seek medical attention from emergency medical services. This can allow for prompt diagnosis and immediate treatment.
Most forms of medical treatment for physical injuries include:
- Multiple doctor’s visits
- Prescription drugs (like painkillers)
- Physical therapy
- Casts or braces
How long your treatment will take and how long the recovery period also depends on what the injury is and how severe it is. Minor chest injuries like bruising and muscle strain can take a few weeks to a few months to fully recover from. More serious chest injuries like organ damage and fractured ribs can take years to fully recover from.
Some chest injuries you may never be able to fully recover from like organ failure and paralysis.
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Will Insurance Cover your Chest Injuries?
Yes, your insurance should cover the chest injuries you sustained from a motor vehicle accident. This is especially true if you were the victim of the at-fault driver’s negligent actions. However, just because you should be covered for personal injuries by your insurance company does not mean that you will actually get the payments.
This is because insurance companies like to do everything they can to squeeze out of paying their clients money, or at least the appropriate amount of money. This makes working with your insurance company very difficult and stress-inducing. You will be left wondering, “why bother having insurance if they are not going to actually insure me?”
This is where Barrio Virguez can help you and your loved ones. We have an experienced team of personal injury lawyers who are experts in negotiating fair coverage from insurance providers. We will not stop fighting on your behalf until you are paid what you are owed from your insurance company.
Should You File a Lawsuit for Your Chest Injuries?
Many victims of car crashes believe that they cannot file a lawsuit for their chest injuries because they did not even experience the symptoms until multiple days afterward. This is not true in the slightest. There is almost nothing preventing you from hiring a lawyer and filing a claim after a car accident.
Not feeling the symptoms of a chest injury until several days after the car wreck is no reason to opt out of filing a lawsuit. Talented personal injury attorneys from Barrios Virguez have recovered over a million dollars in damages for our clients. You are entitled to financial compensation because of your chest injuries from the traffic accident.
We plan on stopping at nothing to ensure that you receive that financial compensation. Contact us today and receive a free evaluation of your case.
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