Chest Pain After a Car Accident: What Now?

How Long Should Your Chest Hurt After a Car Accident?

man with chest injury after car accidentIt's not uncommon for a car accident to cause chest pain. If you or someone you love has suffered chest injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you need to know what to expect and how you can recover compensation for the medical bills, lost income, and long-term costs that come with chest injuries. The experienced car accident attorneys of Wood Law Firm LLP, are here to help you. Chest injuries can have serious consequences and can involve cardiac injuries that are not discovered right away.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Chest Injury?

After an auto accident, you should always seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt. Chest injuries aren’t always obvious. Internal injuries do not always show external signs, but they can be fatal. Even doctors miss cardiac injuries when there are no visible signs of chest injury or when they find certain chest injuries but do not run special diagnostic tests to check for heart damage.

Some of the most obvious signs of a chest injury after a car accident include:

  • Difficulty breathing or pain while breathing
  • Chest pain - dull or sharp, may increase in severity when laughing, coughing or sneezing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Bruising
  • Muscle tenderness

Seat Belt and Airbag Injuries

Do airbags cause chest pain? Can your seat belt cause a chest injury? It's common in a car accident for drivers and passengers to suffer chest injuries as a result of airbag deployment or from their seat belt. While these safety mechanisms may function as intended and prevent more serious injuries from occurring, they can still result in serious injuries that may need medical attention.

Why You Should Hire a Lawyer

If you have suffered a chest injury during a motor vehicle collision, you need the help of an experienced auto accident attorney. Depending on the circumstances in your case, it may be difficult to prove that your injuries were the result of your accident. For instance, undetected cardiac injuries can lead to a heart attack that occurs later. We work with the medical experts who can prove that your heart attack was a result of the chest injuries caused by your accident so that you can get the full compensation you need for your existing and future medical expenses as well as your other damages.

If you have suffered chest injuries in a car accident in Amarillo or anywhere in Texas, please contact Wood Law Firm LLP, at (806) 304-0447 or email us right away. We can help you file your chest injury claim ASAP.