Many people experience rib and chest pain after a car accident. While you may think that rib and chest pain is “natural” following a car accident- after all, your seatbelt is keeping you secure and that pressure needs to go somewhere- rib and chest pain can often be more serious than people think.
Why Do People Experience Chest Pain After A Car Accident?
After getting into a car accident, many people report feeling chest and rib pain. This can be from something as minor as the seatbelt restraining you or the airbag opening. Or, it can come from slamming into the door, dashboard, or steering wheel during impact.
What Are the Common Types of Chest Pain?
Your chest pain after a car accident can be one or more of quite a few things. The types of chest pain range from minor to major.
What Are the Symptoms of Chest Pain?
In addition to actually having chest or rib pain, you may experience other symptoms that could indicate a more serious problem with your chest or ribs. They include:
What to Do if You Have A Chest or Rib Injury?
Apart from seeing a doctor, the best thing to do for chest and rib injuries is rest. Even gentle stretching may damage your ribs and chest further. Come up with a personalized treatment plan with your doctor, depending on the type of injury you have.
How Long Does Chest Pain Last After A Car Accident?
The recovery period will vary based on the type and severity of your injury. Generally, the pain will be the worst in the first 24- 48 hours after the initial accident, and hopefully start to lessen after approximately 72 hours. However, this will vary based on the type of injury. It is best to see your doctor, and they will give you a more accurate idea of recovery expectations. While abrasions and soft tissue injuries heal quickly, broken bones and sprains will take longer to heal.
At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries, including rib and chest pain. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office.
If you have suffered from rib and chest pain, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Maricopa, Globe, and Queen Creek.
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