Rhode Island Auto Accident Attorneys Serving Victims with Chest Injuries

Auto accident injuries run the gamut. Some are moderate and heal in a short period of time. Others are catastrophic and cause lifelong devastation. Victims frequently suffer from pain, emotional distress, and physical damage that may include lacerations and broken bones.

But your arms and legs aren’t the only body parts in danger during a car crash. Chest injuries are common too, even if they aren’t discussed as often.

Of course, any injury to the chest raises red flags. After all, it’s home to your body’s most vital organs — the heart, the lungs, the liver, and more.

In the context of a car crash, chest pain can be especially frightening because it’s difficult to determine exactly where the pain is coming from or what’s causing it. The injuries could involve your organs, muscles, bones, skin, nerves, circulation, or just about any other body system.

This page is designed to help you learn more about chest injuries from a motor vehicle accident — how they happen, which ones are most common, and the legal protections available to victims.

The Bottaro Law Firm is an experienced and aggressive, full-service personal injury law firm with offices located throughout the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We help the victims of car crashes and auto accidents pursue the maximum compensation available for injuries both big and small, whether they are common and routine or unusual and medically complex.

We have helped many victims with chest problems after a motor vehicle accident, and we’d like to do the same for you. If you need answers or legal representation, please get in touch with our Massachusetts or Rhode Island auto accident attorneys right away.

Common Chest Injuries from a Motor Vehicle Accident

Chest injuries caused by an auto accident in Rhode Island or Massachusetts might include:

  • Strained muscles
  • Bruised ribs
  • Fractured ribs (including incomplete fractures)
  • Broken ribs
  • Sternal fracture (fractured breastbone)
  • Internal bleeding
  • Ruptured spleen
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Myocardial contusion (bruising in the heart)
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Punctured lung
  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Other serious respiratory problems
  • Flail chest
  • Tracheobronchial injury / disruption
  • Sepsis subsequent to chest injury

You might also sustain injury to other chest organs and nearby structures, including:

  • Larynx
  • Trachea
  • Esophagus
  • Thymus
  • Lymph nodes
  • Pleura / pleural space
  • Bronchus
  • Diaphragm
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Pulmonary artery

Seatbelts & Airbags Can Cause Chest Injuries in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Seatbelts and airbags are two of the most important safety features in your vehicle. They have saved countless lives, and you should always wear a seatbelt while driving or riding in a car.

Sometimes, though, these devices can cause you serious injuries even as they save your life. Car crashes can propel your body forward with heavy impact at tremendous speeds. When you make contact with a seatbelt, airbag, steering column, or any other surface or restraint, the force of that impact can cause serious injuries.

Please never assume that the chest pain you are experiencing after a car crash is “just from hitting the seat belt” or “just because of the airbag.” Those impacts may have caused more significant internal damage than you realize.

A Special Note on Heart Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Cardiac damage may be the single most under-diagnosed injury in auto accidents today.

A forceful impact puts tremendous strain on your entire body, which can in turn affect your circulation, blood pressure, and more. It is not uncommon for car accidents to cause new blood clots, dislodged blood clots (leading to heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or stroke), ruptured aneurysms, or dangerous cardiac arrhythmias.

Blunt trauma to the heart is a concern too. Remember: The heart is a muscle, and it can be bruised like any other.

One common scenario involves a driver who is hurled against the steering column after being rear-ended, breaking or fracturing a rib and bruising the heart itself. Myocardial contusion results, but it may not produce signs or symptoms for a very long time. That’s why it’s so important to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you don’t think anything serious has happened.

Talk to Our Massachusetts and Rhode Island Auto Accident Attorneys

If you are suffering with chest injuries from a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation under state personal injury law.

If you have not yet seen a doctor, please do so right away. Only a medical professional can determine whether you have suffered serious injuries that you may be unaware of. A documented medical visit can also aid in your legal case later, should you choose to pursue one.

Not sure if you have a case? We can help. Contact Bottaro Law Firm to set up a free consultation with our Massachusetts and Rhode Island auto accident attorneys today.