Can Car Accidents Cause Chest Pain?
Car accidents can cause many injuries and symptoms; some are much more serious than others. Chest pain after a car accident is an example of one to be concerned about since it can be indicative of a major health problem. It is always better to visit an ER, urgent care, or a doctor’s office after a car accident.
During a car accident, the rapid deceleration of a vehicle can force the body into the seat belt, steering wheel, or dashboard. This blunt force trauma can knock the wind out of you, injure your organs, and cause significant pain. Airbags are essential vehicle safety features, but they can also cause injuries and pain. Most of the force released when they deploy hits drivers and passengers right in the chest.
Chest pain can last a day or several weeks, depending on the injury or illness. You may experience other symptoms, including:
- Chest and rib pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Nausea, vomiting
- Pain when moving the chest area, breathing, coughing, or laughing
- Shortness of breath, crackling sound when breathing, wheezing
Chest pain symptoms can be associated with a fractured sternum, damaged trachea, lung or kidney injuries, and damaged spleens. A cardiac contusion is the medical term for a bruised heart, another possibility with chest injuries. These conditions can produce more symptoms, like coughing blood, lower back pain, and limited arm, trunk, and shoulder movement.
Can I Be Compensated for a Chest Injury From a Car Accident?
After your medical needs have been attended to, a lawyer can help determine who was at fault for the accident. Even if you think you are responsible, there is nothing to lose from getting a free consultation from an experienced attorney.
If another driver is at fault, your lawyer can help you negotiate a settlement to cover your medical costs, lost wages, and property damage. For serious injuries, there may also be additional compensation.
Our Alexandria Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Duane O. King Assist Clients With Car Accident Chest Injuries
A chest injury from a car accident can change your life forever. If you are recovering from this kind of injury, contact our Alexandria car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Duane O. King for legal help. Call 202-331-1963 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, and Falls Church, Virginia, we serve clients in Prince George’s County, including Laurel, Beltsville, Adelphi, College Park, Greenbelt, Mitchellville, Woodmore, Greater Upper Marlboro, Springdale, Largo, Bowie, Capitol Heights, District Heights, Forestville, Suitland, Seat Pleasant, Clinton, Oxon Hill, Temple Hills, and Fort Washington.