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What to know about chest pain after a car accident

Anyone who has experienced car accident knows that there is an almost endless list of possible physical and emotional injuries that can result from a crash. One of the most common complaints that Maryland car accident victims report after the fact is chest pain. Here are some of the possible health issues that such chest pain might indicate following a collision:

  • Fractured sternum
  • Broken ribs
  • Muscular strains/bruising
  • A punctured or collapsed lung
  • Blunt cardiac injuries

These injuries range in severity and commonality. For example, a fractured or bruised sternum is fairly common following a car accident; between 3 to 7% of individuals who are in a crash suffer an injury to their sternum. Lung and cardiac issues are less common, especially in minor accidents; however, they can be life-threatening if left unchecked. Even if the accident was minor, it is a good idea to seek medical care for chest pain that is severe, continual (lasting a few days without improvements) and/or impacting breathing.

It is not surprising that chest pain is so commonly reported following a car accident; an abrupt jolt, combined with a seatbelt over one’s chest, can understandably have an impact on the sternum, ribs and other body parts. While seatbelts prevent serious injuries in many cases, the fact remains that chest pain can indicate health issues ranging from mild to severe. Individuals who have been injured in a Maryland car accident may wish to speak with an attorney about their legal options to seek compensation for any injuries suffered in the crash.

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