Chest injuries are common among car accident victims and, considering the forceful, jolting conditions involved in a crash, it isn't hard to see why. The force of impact can cause a seat belt to painfully compress a victim's chest, or even cause the chest to slam into the steering wheel or dashboard. When this happens, crash victims may be tempted to blow off resulting chest pain as soft-tissue injuries that will heal on their own with time and rest. However, this can be a serious—or even deadly—mistake.
While chest pain after a car accident could be from a strained or torn muscle, it could also be an indication of a severe injury that requires immediate medical attention, such as:
- Bruised or fractured ribs
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Heart attack
Accident victims who experience chest pain should see a doctor right away, even if they think the pain is inconsequential. The adrenaline from a crash can mask the pain of severe—or even life-threatening—injuries. Seeking immediate medical attention not only protects the accident victim's health, it can also protect their right to pursue a financial recovery if the crash was caused by another person or entity's negligence.
Victims hurt in negligence-related accidents that weren't their fault may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
Consult an Experienced Delaware Car Accident Attorney
If you sustained injuries and other losses in a Delaware car accident caused by another motorist, the Morris James Personal Injury Group's Wilmington, DE car accident attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case with a member of our legal team. Don't wait too long to take legal action—Delaware law gives victims just two years to file a personal injury car accident lawsuit.