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How Can You Tell If Your Chest Is Injured in a Crash? A Sarasota Accident Attorney Explains

When you hear the sounds of screeching tires followed by a bang and accompanied by glass shattering, you know that an auto accident has just occurred. When a Sarasota accident like this takes place, the force can be so severe that it causes the driver to hit the steering wheel or the passenger to hit the dashboard, producing chest injuries.

Car accidents are the number one reason for chest trauma in the U.S. and account for approximately 80% of blunt chest injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chest injuries can be some of the most painful and difficult injuries to deal with, as a victim may have a hard time breathing due to the injury.

When a victim suffers a chest injury in a Sarasota auto accident, several things could take place that include:
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Crunching sounds in the chest

When any of the above chest injury symptoms appear following a car wreck in South Florida, victims could have suffered:
  • Broken ribs
  • Punctured lung
  • Internal bruising
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Heart damage
  • Liver damage
  • Esophagus injury
  • Blunt injury to the aorta
  • Fractured sternum
  • And more

When your chest is injured in a car crash or rollover accident, blunt chest trauma could occur and lead to the injuries listed above. Victims of car accidents in Sarasota need to get to the emergency room immediately to make sure blunt injury to the aorta has not occurred or that they have not punctured a lung. It is in a victim’s best interest to make sure he explains his pain to the doctor and makes sure that an x-ray, CT scan or aortography is conducted to rule out life threatening injuries.

If you or your loved one has suffered a chest injury in a Sarasota car accident due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your medical bills, surgery, physical therapy, lost wages, and more. To find out more about your rights and how to protect them so that you can recover the most compensation possible, call aMove up Move down
 Sarasota accident attorney at the Mallard Law Firm today at (888) 409-3805 for a free, no-obligation discussion of your case.

Make sure you also request a complimentary copy of our book, The Florida Accident Handbook: What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.

Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney