St. Louis Chest Injury Lawyers

If you’ve been injured from a car accident, one of the most serious injuries you may face is an injury to your chest. Chest pain after an accident can result from a myriad of serious injuries, ranging from bruised or fractured ribs, muscle strains or tears, burns and abrasions, and injuries to internal organs, including the heart and lungs. Learn more about the type of compensation you may be entitled to from our St. Louis car accident attorneys at The Bruning Law Firm. 

Common Types of Chest Injuries Accidents

When you’re suffering from chest pain or a suspected chest injury, it is absolutely imperative to seek the help of a doctor, the emergency room, or another medical professional as soon as possible: not only to treat your injuries, but also to create a sustained record of the injuries that resulted from the accident.

Bruised Ribs

Bruised ribs result from contact with your chest and a seatbelt, your dashboard or steering wheel, airbags, an obstacle on the road, or the other car involved in the accident. While many car accident victims believe that bruised ribs will heal over time, quite frequently medial assistance, including immobilization, is required to fully recover from these injuries.

Our clients frequently fail to seek the appropriate medical response when they suspect that they have bruised their ribs and, as a result, risk jeopardizing their ability for a full and fair recovery from these injuries. Don’t let this happen to you. A medical professional will be able to trace the source of your injuries back to the accident and can be vital in assessing fault and reconstructing the accident. In addition, an attorney, like one of our experienced professionals at the Bruning Law Firm, can advise you on how best to preserve your legal rights.

Fractured or Broken Ribs

Like bruised ribs, fractured or broken ribs result from acute trauma, such as by colliding into an airbag, a dashboard or steering wheel, or something outside of your car.

Unlike bruised ribs, however, fractured ribs are usually extremely painful, and can cause pain or difficulty breathing, when twisting your torso, or when moving into or out of a standing or sitting position. Fractured ribs require immediate medical care to avoid permanent damage, and to avoid serious complications such as internal bleeding.

Muscle Strains or Tears

Muscle strains or tears often accompany an underlying injury to the bones of the chest. Even if there are no fractures, a strained or torn muscle can be as debilitating as a broken bone. Muscle strains in the chest can cause pain when rotating, standing fully straight, or when sitting in an upright position for a long period of time. A serious muscle strain or tear can prevent you from driving, from sitting at a desk for work, or from getting restful sleep. Although these injuries often do not require complete immobilization, they can frequently mask a more serious injury, like internal bleeding, a fracture, or a puncture to an internal organ.

As with almost all other injuries to the chest, it is important both for your health and your legal rights to seek and document these injuries immediately after they have occurred. Even a dull ache or pain in the chest sustained from a minor fender bender can potentially result in life-altering injuries. Although attorneys, like our team of personal injury professionals at the Bruning Law Firm, can guide you through the legal aspects of recovery from your car accident, we rely on you and your doctors to take care of your health and to document your injuries and their progression. Don’t let a small muscle strain turn into something serious. Don’t lose out on important legal rights by failing to document your injuries, and by failing to call your attorney!

Burns and Abrasions

Burns and abrasions to the chest that occur after an airbag has deployed are among the most common chest injuries resulting from a car accident. Although you may believe that your car performed as expected in an accident, serious burns, bruises, cuts, and rashes resulting from your seat belt or airbag are not normal and may be a sign of a defectively designed, manufactured, or installed seat belt or airbag. Over the past several decades, we have seen numerous and repeated recalls for faulty airbags and other “routine” safety systems in cars, and it is entirely possible that your car may be equipped with such a device.

At the Bruning Law Firm, we’ve handled every manner of personal injury litigation, ranging from defective products to car accidents. Let us help you in finding out the real story of what happened, and in zealously advocating on your behalf.

Serious Internal Injuries

Serious internal injuries mean injuries to your internal organs, like the heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach, or liver. Injuries to the heart and lungs can be immediately life threatening and will require emergency medical attention. Signs that you have sustained a serious internal injury include sharp pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, unexpected fatigue, or headaches. Even serious injuries can take hours or even days to fully manifest. This is why seeking medical help immediately after an accident, even when you believe you may not be seriously injured, is so important to your health.

Even if you have not sustained a direct injury to your chest, you may have suffered or may be at an elevated risk of suffering, from a heart attack. The risk of suffering a heart attack can increase tremendously as a result of the stress of a car accident, or injuries sustained elsewhere in your body that may result in a sudden rising or lowering of blood pressure. Many heart attacks are mild, meaning that you may not fully realize you have had or are suffering from a heart attack. Despite this, the effects of a heart attack are frequently anything but mild, and can profoundly increase your risk for a future cardiac event.

Contact the St. Louis Chest Injury Attorneys

At the Bruning Law Firm, we work hand in hand with your medical professionals to reconstruct the true story of the accident, to assign fault when appropriate and fair, and to zealously advocate for the most just and equitable recovery on your behalf. We’ve devoted our lives to helping accident victims just like you. Call or contact us online right now for a free evaluation of your case—you may be pleasantly surprised at what we can do for you!

Our Practice Areas

With more than 35 years of experience successfully representing St. Louis residents in personal injury cases, our attorneys have handled a variety of claims, including: