Chest Injury

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Many people experience chest pain after a car accident.  A chest injury includes any physical injury to the chest, including to the heart and lungs, and can be classified as a blunt injury, or a penetrating injury.  Chest injuries can be caused when the chest hits a locked seatbelt, by the chest hitting the steering wheel (or the steering wheel hitting the chest in a high speed collision with cabin intrusion) or from air bag deployment.

Specific injuries include:

Symptoms of chest injuries include pain, shortness of breath, and signs of shock (losing consciousness, dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, and trouble standing up.)  Symptoms of a fracture may include sharp and severe pain, pain that worsens with breathing or coughing, and pain that worsens when the are is pressed or when lying down.

It is extremely important to seek medical assistance and to provide the physician with as much information as possible such as the type of accident, the location of any chest impact, the mechanism of the injury, the speed and deceleration in the accident, and any associated symptoms (loss of consciousness, dizziness, etc.).

Penetrating injuries are usually easier to diagnose and may require surgery.  Blunt chest trauma may required detailed chest imaging such as chest x-rays and CT scans.  Diagnosis of chest injuries may include blood tests, imaging studies (CT scans, thoracic ultrasounds) and other diagnostic tests and procedures (electrocardiograms).

A lawyer acn ensure that you receive timely scans, since blunt chest injuries are more difficult to detect and may lead to further complications if left untreated.  Complications such as wound infections, myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), pneumonia, blood clots in the lungs or veins.  The treatment of chest injuries depends on the type and nature of the injury, and range from pain medication to surgery.

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