As a victim of a car crash, you should know that there is a risk of rib injuries that could lead to severe complications. If you’re riding in a car, the seat belt is designed to take some pressure off the rib cage, but if it was not worn correctly or the impact was particularly strong, you could have cracked or broken ribs. If you are a victim who was riding a bike, motorcycle or walking, then you might have more serious chest injuries than someone in a typical passenger vehicle.
Since minor rib injuries are common, many people don’t realize how serious they can be. A significantly cracked, chipped or broken rib could move into a position where it could puncture the lungs or other major organs. Internal puncture wounds could lead to life-threatening internal bleeding, an inability to breathe, sepsis or other dangerous conditions.
If you believe that your ribs have been injured in a crash, it’s important to stay where you are and to try to remain calm. Moving could cause further damage in some cases, so try to remain in the same position unless it’s dangerous to do so.
Emergency care will help prevent serious complications by quickly treating and stabilizing the rib cage. Your medical team will need to complete imaging tests and may even need to operate, depending on the severity of the injuries.
After you’re stable, remember that you do have an opportunity to pursue a claim. When your injuries are caused by another person’s errors, then they should be held accountable for any pain and suffering you go through as well as your financial losses.