There are many common injuries that drivers and passengers suffer from in Fort Lauderdale auto accidents including broken bones, back and neck injuries, internal injuries and chest injuries. The force of an accident can cause a person to strike the steering wheel or dash board, suffering chest pain and many different injuries.
Chest injuries are some of the most painful types of injuries and affect a victim’s ability to breath. If a person has difficulty breathing and pain in his chest, he may have suffered from one of the following injuries:
- Internal bruising in the chest
- Broken ribs
- Fractured sternum
- Punctured lung
- Damage to the heart
- Blunt aortic injury
- Esophagus injury
- Liver injury
- Damage to internal organs
Car accidents are the leading cause of chest trauma in America. According to the CDC, motor vehicle accidents cause about 70-80 percent of blunt chest injuries in the U.S.
When a victim hits a steering wheel in an auto accident, it can cause a direct blow and blunt chest injuries. Additionally, when a body is crushed in a rollover or other type of accident, blunt trauma to the chest may also occur and cause fractured ribs, underlying lung injuries, and injuries to organs in the chest. Even seatbelts and airbags have caused chest injuries to victims in serious auto accidents.
Victims of South Florida car accidents who suffer pain in their chests, have shortness of breath, feel lightheaded, or hear a crunching sound in their chest should go to their doctor or emergency room immediately after a crash. Doctors should take X-rays, CT scans or even an aortography if they believe there are signs of an aortic injury. It is very important to seek medical care following a car accident where there is chest pains to rule out damage to the heart.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer in South Florida Can Help You After Chest Injuries
If you suffered chest injuries after you were in a head-on crash, T-boned or rear-ended caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be eligible to make a financial recovery for your damages. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages due to time off of work, physical therapy, instances of pain and suffering and more. Contact us for a free consultation and to see if you have a case.