A rib fracture may mean time spent home resting, instead of proceeding with day-to-day life or being able to go to work and make a living. Victims with these injuries often need financial assistance in covering their expenses.
Car Crash Attorneys Serving Port St. Lucie Residents
A severe car accident will leave a victim in extreme pain and result in injuries that are not only uncomfortable but also sometimes debilitating. A broken or fractured rib is a common injury that results from a car crash, and the recovery may be quite lengthy as well as painful. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are committed to making sure that negligent drivers who cause harm to someone else are held accountable for the injuries inflicted. We offer dedicated legal guidance to victims who have sustained broken or fractured ribs, as well as other injuries, in a serious collision, ensuring that they receive the compensation to which they are entitled. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else, contact our office today to discuss your legal options and find out more about how we can help.
Common Symptoms of a Broken or Fractured Rib
An individual has 12 pairs of ribs, any of which may be injured due to the impact of a car accident. The rib cage is responsible for protecting many different organs, including a person’s lungs and liver, so damage to a rib may also lead to other internal injuries. A fracture is either partial or complete. Complete breaks have a greater likelihood of puncturing or otherwise damaging an organ, as well as the aorta, which is a person’s main artery. Additionally, since the lower ribs are more flexible, they are more likely to sustain a break or fracture. Some common symptoms of a broken or fractured rib include:
- Difficulty or pain when taking deep breaths
- Sensitivity or pain when the area is touched
- Chest tightness
- Pain while coughing
- Swelling or bruising around the area
Sometimes, because of other more prominent injuries involved in a crash, a doctor might overlook a broken or fractured rib. This lack of diagnosis may lead to a longer recovery time and the potential for the rib to heal improperly. Treatment for a broken rib varies depending on the nature of the break, but these injuries may require restrictions on activity, medication, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgical procedures. If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with a broken or fractured rib, it is important to see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Legal Options for Car Accident Victims
A break or fracture of one or more ribs may occur in many different ways during a car crash. For instance, a passenger might hit the dashboard, a driver might strike the steering wheel, or if the impact is forceful enough, a seatbelt pressing against a victim’s chest might cause such an injury.
Many times, another driver’s negligence is responsible for causing an accident and the injuries that follow. Negligence is shown if a person, such as another driver, breaches their duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act in the circumstances. A driver speeding through a red light who strikes another vehicle would likely be considered to have breached that driver’s duty to act reasonably on the road. A victim also needs to show that the breach caused their injuries, and damages were sustained as a result. People suffering from a broken or fractured rib may be entitled to compensation for medical treatment costs, property loss, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Florida imposes a four-year statute of limitations during which victims must pursue a personal injury claim, or else their right to pursue action is usually barred.