A broken sternum (breastbone) is usually caused by a direct blow to the chest, with vehicle collisions the most common cause of sternal fractures. Because such a large force is needed to cause a sternal fracture, it’s common to find damage to other parts of the body too, including the heart, lungs, ribs and blood vessels. If you’ve suffered a sternal fracture after a car accident that was caused by the other driver, have you considered claiming broken sternum compensation? You’d be surprised how simple it is to make a claim, and Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, which means there are no upfront fees to worry about.
What’s the prognosis?
Symptoms of a sternal fracture include sharp pain and an ache in the front of the chest; swelling and bruising may also be present. You’ll need an x-ray for diagnosis and possibly also an MRI or CT scan to check that there has been no damage to other organs. The prognosis for minor fractures is good, but it will take several weeks or months before you can return to physical activity. Rest, pain relief and deep breathing exercises are usually prescribed, and it’s likely you’ll need time off work to recover.
More serious fractures with a bone displacement may require surgery, and you might need a period of physiotherapy before you’re able to resume any kind of physical activity. If you decide to make a claim for broken sternum compensation, you want to choose a personal injury lawyer you can trust, whether your injury occurred at work or in a public place.
Out of pocket
It’s likely you’ll be left out of pocket after an accident involving a sternal fracture, as you’ll usually need to take time off work to make a full recovery. There may also be other costs such as physiotherapy or prescription medication to consider. We know the aftermath of an accident like this can take its toll on your health and your finances, which is why our professional personal injury lawyers will carefully consider any expense you’ve incurred in relation to your accident. So you could receive compensation not only for your pain and suffering but also for your loss of earnings and expenses.
Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and you’ll get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert personal injury advisors that could help you decide whether or not to proceed with a claim.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton