"Your chest kind of hurts, but it's more of an ache. You're not sure if you are shaken, bruised or injured. What should you do?"
Our car accident attorneys advise every car accident victim to get checked out by a doctor in order as soon as possible after the accident to rule out serious hidden injuries. This is especially important if you are experienced any kind of chest pain, even a dull ache, as the heart, lungs and other organs are in the chest and chest pain can be a sign of a life-threatening injury.
Chest injuries can occur easily if the accidents victim's chest hits the steering wheel or the interior of the vehicle during impact. Seat belts can prevent some chest injuries by keeping the occupant's chest from flying forward, but seat belts can also cause bruising and trauma to the chest as they automatically tighten during the crash. Chest injuries can also be caused by flying objects and debris.
Possible Causes of Chest Pain after a Car Accident:
- Broken ribs
- Internal bleeding
- Internal damage to the kidneys or liver
- Ruptured spleen
- Ruptured abdominal aorta
- Puncture of the lung membrane
- Collapsed lung
- Heart damage
Any of these injuries require immediate medical care and may not feel serious at first. We stress again: if you experience any type of chest pain in the days or weeks following a car accident, it is important to get it checked by a doctor.
Worried About the Cost of Healthcare? Our Lawyers Can Help You Get the Compensation You Need After an Accident.
Don't let the possibility of high medical bills stop you from the care you need. If your injury was caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical costs and other injury-related expenses. You may even be compensated for your pain and suffering, but your injury must be properly documented in order to receive this compensation.
Do you have questions about your right to file an accident claim in Missouri or Kansas? Contact the car accident attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616. Ask to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more.