When we think of car road traffic accident injuries, most of us immediately think of broken bones, whiplash, or cuts and bruises. However, one of the less common injuries, but nonetheless very painful ones, are chest injuries.
Our chest is the part of the body between our neck and our abdomen. In the chest we have our breast bone and ribs. The chest is also home to some of our most vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and oesophagus.
One of the main chest injuries people suffer from in Blaenau Gwent road traffic accidents are broken ribs. These can be extremely painful — it can hurt to breathe and laugh. This would mean time off work and plenty of rest for the ribs to heal. In more serious cases though, you can get a penetrating injury where something like a piece of mechanics from a motorcycle or glass from a windscreen penetrates the skin and chest.
If you are involved in Blaenau Gwent road traffic accidents and think you may have a chest injury, then some of the symptoms you may be feeling are: the chest is not expanding as normal and you are having difficulty breathing, there may be bruising, a crunching sound from your ribs, or you could be coughing up blood.
If your chest is injured in a road traffic accident, then the on-scene paramedic will give you oxygen and immobilise your neck and back to prevent you from doing any more damage. You will then be taken to hospital to access your injuries and be treated accordingly. Any chest injury, even just a few broken ribs, can be painful, and you may not be able to do your regular routine; this could have a real impact on your work and home life. If you cannot work then you will suffer financial losses, and there will be the extra costs of prescriptions and maybe taxis to medical appointments.
How to claim for chest injuries caused in Blaenau Gwent road traffic accidents
You can use the no-win, no-fee* services of Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 16 years of experience dealing with these and other accident-related personal injury claims. So, if you are suffering from a chest injury caused by someone else and you received medical treatment for these injuries, you could be able to make a claim for compensation. You can contact Accident Advice Helpline on our free phone number 0800 689 0500 from a landline. You can also reach us from a mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss Blaenau Gwent road traffic accidents.
Our advisers are continuously undergoing the most up-to-date training so they are aware of the most recent legislation and know exactly how to help and advise you with every aspect of your claim. Your call will be confidential, and no one will pressure you to make a claim if you decide not to.
Date Published: 22nd August 2014
Author: David Brown