Over two million car accidents every year across the country result in some kind of blunt chest trauma which results in a rib or torso injury. One of the most common types of injuries experienced by North Carolina auto accident victims is a rib and torso injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a rib and torso injury in an accident due to no fault of your own, you may be entitled to file a claim in order to recover losses from the accident. You may be able to receive compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages related to the crash.
To begin exploring your legal options, we encourage you to contact our rib and torso injury attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.
Different Types of Rib and Torso Injuries
The function of the human rib cage is to protect the body’s vital organs from internal injury. A rib cage consists of 12 pairs of ribs, or 24 total ribs. Since the rib cage protects the lungs, among other organs, they move with each breath a person takes. An injury to the rib and torso area can be very painful as the simple task of breathing can leave an injury victim in excruciating and debilitating pain.
North Caroling rib ad torso injuries range in severity, depending on location and the force of impact. Some of the most common types of rib and torso injuries suffered by auto accident victims include:
- Broken or Fractured Ribs: Any of the 24 rib bones are able to be broken. A fractured rib is much more common than a complete break. Close to 10 percent of victims who experience blunt force trauma to the chest will suffer from at least one fractured rib.
- Soft-Tissue Rib Injuries: When a rib is fractured, chances are the injury victim will also suffer from a soft-tissue injury, as well. After a rib has become fractured, the soft-tissue surrounding the bone usually becomes damaged. Unfortunately, many who suffer from this type of injury are not likely to every totally recover from it and may suffer from permanent pain.
- Flail Chest: When a cluster of consecutive ribs are fractured, it is considered a Flail Chest injury. It’s imperative that victims who experience this type of rib and torso injury seek medical attention immediately as Flail Chest is often fatal. Part of the chest wall becomes separated from the rest of the chest wall when several consecutive ribs are fractured, causing chest wall to float freely in the body. This can cause pulmonary contusions, or bruises on the lungs.
Especially when they are a result of another’s negligence, rib and torso injuries can be devastating. You may be able to file a claim in order to recover expenses related to your injury. Simply complete the Free Case Review form on this page to see how our lawyers may be able to help you with your claim.
The Treatment of Rib and Torso Injuries
The treatment of this type of injury depends entirely on where the injury occurred and the severity of the injury sustained. Rib fractures, the least severe type of rib and torso injury, can completely heal in six to 12 weeks with minimal medical treatment.
Severe torso injuries can result in damage to the brachial plexus, internal organ damage and life-threatening Flail Chest injuries. The more severe an injury, the more drastic and costly the medical treatment becomes.
The treatment of a rib and torso injury often includes:
- Physical Therapy
- Use of Pain Medications and Muscle Relaxers
When these types of injuries happen due to the actions and negligence of someone other than the injury victim, we believe that the victim deserves both compassion and compensation to cover the treatment of their condition. Our attorneys may be able to help you in your pursuit for justice. Contact our firm today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page to begin exploring your legal options.
Contact a Knowledgeable Rib and Torso Injury Attorney Today
An auto accident takes a second to occur, but the aftermath may last a lifetime. No one ever expects to be involved in a car crash and it is not uncommon for victims to fail to realize just how seriously they were injured or the full extent of their financial losses until it is too late to file a claim.
North Carolina has a strict statute of limitations for filing an injury claim and failing to do so within a reasonable amount of time could significantly affect your ability to recover fair compensation for your rib and torso injury claim.
We believe that our judicial system works best when car accident victims have access to legal counsel, regardless of their financial status. To ensure that our clients are able to afford proper representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire Lewis & Keller, there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
Filing an injury lawsuit can be complicated. We urge you to contact our attorneys to schedule a free, initial consultation to discuss your claim. We will assess the merits of your potential lawsuit and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal and financial recourse for your losses.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina rib and torso injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.