COMMON CAUSES OF CHEST PAIN AFTER CALIFORNIA CAR ACCIDENT
Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2019 at 5:35 am
Being involved in a car accident may result in a variety of physical injuries. Some injuries are easy to identify because they have outward symptoms, such as bleeding from cuts and abrasions. Other injuries may also be easily identified because of the symptoms, such as broken bones. However, other injuries may not be as easy to identify because the symptoms are subtle, or the symptoms could point to multiple causes.
Chest pains after a car accident should be treated very seriously. There could be several reasons for the chest pains ranging from something minor to serious, life-threatening conditions. If you are involved in a car accident and experience chest pains, you should seek immediate medical attention.
What Can Cause Chest Pain After an Automobile Accident?
Some several conditions and injuries could cause chest pain after a traffic accident.
A traffic accident can be a terrifying experience for many people. It is common for accident victims to experience tight muscles, dizziness, shortness of breath, and feelings of panic or fear after a collision. These symptoms could indicate a panic attack.
A panic attack can occur right after a crash, or it may occur hours or days after the accident. The symptoms of a panic attack can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. For some individuals, panic attacks can be debilitating. Accident victims should never assume that chest pains are a panic attack because the pains could be an indication of a serious health condition. Seek treatment from a doctor as soon as possible.
Injuries to Ribs
Chest pain can also be an indication of injury to your ribs. Bruised, broken, and cracked ribs often cause chest pain and difficulty breathing. Broken or cracked ribs can cause further damage to internal organs if left untreated. It is difficult to know the full extent of the damage without x-rays or other imaging procedures.
Internal Organ Damage
Internal organ damage is another car accident injury that can be difficult to diagnose without proper diagnostic procedures. Damage to the liver, stomach, lungs, kidneys, and heart during a crash can result in chest pain. Internal bleeding and additional damage could result without proper diagnosis and treatment.
The impact caused by the collision can result in muscle strains as your body is jerked in unnatural positions. The tightness in your chest may be the result of muscle strain. However, the pain from muscle strain can mimic a heart attack. Err on the side of caution and seek medical assistance instead of assuming the pain is from muscle strain.
Seat Belt Injuries
Seat belts save lives and reduce the risk of injury in a traffic accident. However, they can also result in several injuries. Some seat belt injuries can produce chest pain. A doctor can diagnose the source of the pain and prescribe a treatment plan to help you heal after a car accident.
Contact a California Personal Injury Attorney for Help
Chest pains after a car accident can be frightening. See a doctor as soon as you experience chest pains is the best way to prevent further injury. Your doctor can diagnose the injury and develop a treatment plan to help you heal after a car crash.
Our California personal injury attorneys can help you recover compensation for damages by investigating the cause of the accident, filing an insurance claim, and working with the insurance company to negotiate a fair settlement for your claim.
Contact our Sacramento accident attorneys for a free consultation by calling The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.