Sacramento Lawyers for Chest and Rib Injuries from Car Accidents

If you sustained a chest or rib injury during a car crash someone else caused, contact Tiemann Law Firm immediately to discuss your legal options. You might be entitled to financial compensation from the negligent individual who caused the accident.

A range of factors can lead to a chest or rib injury in a car wreck. The seatbelt could restrict an occupant in their seat, causing bruising and internal damage. A cracked rib could occur from the sudden and forceful impact of the collision. Severe chest and rib injuries require medical care to heal. Many people need surgery to repair significant fractures or a punctured lung from a rib fragment.

At Tiemann Law Firm, we know the long-term effects of a chest injury or broken rib. It’s painful and can lead to various complications. Sometimes, accident victims can’t return to work due to a limited range of motion. The cost of treating a chest or rib injury can be expensive, especially if ongoing physical therapy or pain management is necessary.

Our chest and rib injury lawyers in Sacramento are ready to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We will fight to protect your rights and seek justice in your case. The negligent driver should be held accountable for the suffering they caused. We will work hard to meet your needs and try to reach your desired results.

Call the Sacramento car accident lawyers of Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 today for your free, same-day consultation with us.

Types of Chest and Rib Injuries in Car Accidents

Significant trauma to the chest can happen in car crashes. The violent nature of the impact between two vehicles combined with the sudden stopping forces can cause serious injuries.

Although safety devices in cars are supposed to protect the occupants during accidents, they can also lead to bodily harm. Chest and rib injuries are common with safety devices, such as:

  • Airbags – Airbags cushion the upper body during accidents. However, they expand quickly and can result in blunt force trauma to the chest.
  • Seatbelts – Seatbelts save lives. They keep the occupants of cars restrained to their seats and prevent ejection. They can also lock up at any indication of a collision. A locked seatbelt can cause injuries to the sternum, ribs, and soft tissue in the chest.

The most common chest injuries car accidents cause are:

  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Bruised or fractured sternum
  • Internal bleeding
  • Fractured or bruised ribs
  • Damage to soft tissue, muscles, and nerves
  • Chest contusions
  • Penetrating injury, such as sharp debris piercing the chest wall
  • Lacerations
  • Punctured lung and other organ damage

The symptoms you can experience with a chest injury depend on the location of the trauma and severity of the damage but could include:

  • Bruising
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Tenderness
  • Pain during movement
  • Swelling

If you experience any symptoms of a chest injury after a car accident, it’s vital to seek immediate treatment. Go to the hospital or your doctor after you leave the accident scene. A prompt diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan are necessary for your recovery.

Compensation for Chest and Rib Injuries

You can file a claim with the at-fault party’s auto insurance company. Motor vehicle drivers in California must carry insurance with minimum liability limits. The fault system allows injured parties to hold the negligent motorist financially responsible for injuries and the resulting losses.

The settlement you receive in an insurance claim could compensate you for various losses suffered in the accident, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Medical bills
  • Emotional distress
  • Physical impairment or disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Property damage

Tiemann Law Firm can negotiate a settlement with the insurance carrier on your behalf. Our Sacramento chest and rib injury lawyers have the experience and resources to aggressively pursue the money you’re owed. If the insurance company denies your claim or refuses to settle for an amount we believe is fair, we can file a lawsuit.

A form of compensation called exemplary damages might be available in your lawsuit. To receive this financial award, you must have clear and convincing evidence that the at-fault party oppressed you, acted with malice, or that they defrauded you.

Deadline to File a Lawsuit for Chest and Rib Injuries

If you want to sue someone for a car accident, you must follow the statute of limitations. California enforces a two-year statute of limitations. That means you must initiate your lawsuit in civil court within two years of the date of the crash. If the statute expires before you file, you will lose your right to recover compensation in court.

Under specific circumstances, an accident victim can toll the statute of limitations. That means the two-year period pauses until a required event occurs. You can toll the statute of limitations for a car crash if:

  • You are under a legal disability – A person has a legal disability if they are of unsound mind or under 18 years old. The two-year statute will not start until the plaintiff turns 18 or gains mental competency.
  • The defendant leaves the state – If the defendant leaves the state temporarily, their absence doesn’t count towards the two-year timeframe. The clock will pause and not begin again until the defendant returns.

The laws associated with tolling a statute of limitations can be confusing. It’s best if you contact Tiemann Law Firm for assistance. We can review the details of your case and determine whether you meet the requirements to toll your case.

Contact Us

Tiemann Law Firm has represented countless car accident victims since opening in 1998. For over 20 years, our Sacramento chest and rib injury lawyers have fought for injured clients and helped them hold negligent parties responsible. We are ready to represent you in your case and pursue the money you’re owed so you can heal and move forward with your life.

If you suffered a chest or rib injury in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact Tiemann Law Firm. We offer free same-day consultations to discuss your needs and determine whether we can help. Call (916) 999-9000 now.

Client Testimonials

Elizabeth Ochoa Testimonial
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I chose Tiemann Law Firm to help me after a car accident I was involved in. Throughout the entire process, Moe made sure to keep me updated, he always responded quickly whenever  I had questions about anything. My case won thanks to this law firm and its dedication. My experience with Tiemann Law Firm was amazing! 10/10 recommended.

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I have nothing but great things to say about this firm. They have been extremely helpful and professional when dealing with my case. Anytime I needed anything or wanted to be updated they responded immediately. They made me feel like they cared. Highly recommend them!

Michael T. Testimonial
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I sat down and met with Jelena Tiemann about my vehicle accident.I presented all of my documentation to her in which she gave me her assessment.Although the Tiemann Law Firm wont be representing me because my settlement offer was pretty good she was very clear,forward and professional about what she felt could and couldn't be done.I recommend this law firm to anyone who needs a helping hand at fighting a case where you don't have to worry about the outcome not going in your favor. Please don't review this business if you received a freebie for writing this review, or if you're connected in any way to the owner or employees.

Herb T. Testimonial
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The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial
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I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial
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From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!

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It is hard to put into words the care and dedication that I received from the Tiemann’s. They have been here for me every step of the way and were always available when I had questions or concerns. My husband and I will be forever grateful for everything they have done for us and our family. Thank you so much for all of the hard work and time you have put into my case, we greatly appreciate it and your friendship. We highly recommend this firm and will always be thankful for everything they have done. Thank you so much again, Kim

Jereme S. Testimonial
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No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Maye Ly Testimonial
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I just saw my lawyer Jelena Tiemann on a t.v ad, which reminded me how much she helped when I was in a desperate situation. I just love her! That is why I feel a need to tell everyone. I had a situation that happened & didn’t know what to do, our where to go. I didn’t even know if she could help me or if any lawyer could. All I wanted was it to go away & was afraid most lawyers wanted to drag it out & possibly go to court. For one she was very professional but was very personable (maybe b.c she’s a lady). She didn’t make me feel embarrassed or self-conscious that I did something wrong or was the cause of the situation. She immediately said we should try our best before going to court. Let me handle some paperwork, if at the last we do go to court we have documents. She gave me all the details, pros and cons but reassured me she deals with these cases all the time. She came through and made it as painless as possible. I now have my life back.

Matt H. Testimonial
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I was in a car accident a while back where I was injured and had to miss work for an extended period of time.  After nearly a year of fighting with the insurance company with no results and no progress, I met with Jelena Tiemann.  I couldn't have asked for a more responsive and supportive advocate.  We quickly reached a settlement and I finally was able to move from the stress and burden of feuding with my insurance.  I highly recommending meeting with Jelena if you're in need of a lawyer.

Jennifer Birdseye Testimonial
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Tiemann Law Firm helped us with an injury case for my nephew. They were very knowledgeable and we are very happy with the service they provided. The entire staff is topnotch!

Lendzey Garcia
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