A rib or torso injury is a common type of injury experienced in Connecticut auto accidents. More than two million car accidents each year cause blunt chest trauma that typically results in a rib or torso injury.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Connecticut auto accident that was caused by the actions of another and you suffered a rib or torso injury, you may be eligible to pursue legal recourse for your losses.
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Types of Rib and Torso Injuries
The human body consists of 12 sets of ribs (24 ribs in total). The primary function of the rib cage is to protect the body’s vital organs from injury resulting from blunt force trauma to the chest. A rib or torso injury can be very painful as ribs are designed to move with every breath. Simply breathing can cause a rib or torso injury victim to experience excruciating pain.
Depending on the severity of the collision, a Connecticut auto accident can result in various types of rib and torso injuries, including broken or fractured ribs, soft-tissue rib injuries and Flail Chest.
Broken or Fractured Rib Injuries
A broken or fractured rib essentially refers to a break in any of the 12 rib bones. A rib fracture is more common than a completely broken rib. About 10 percent of victims of blunt force chest trauma experience, at minimum, one fractured rib.
Soft-Tissue Rib Injuries
Typically, soft-tissue rib injuries accompany rib fractures. This type of injury refers to damage of the soft-tissue surrounding the rib bone. Unfortunately, these types of injuries are less likely to completely recover from blunt force trauma caused by an auto accident and often can result in permanent pain.
When a cluster of consecutive ribs are fractured, this is known as Flail Chest. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention as it can often be fatal. The fatality rate of rib and torso injury victims who experience Flail Chest is 50 percent.
When several consecutive ribs are fractured, part of the chest wall becomes separated from the rest of the chest wall, causing it to float freely in the body. This can result in bruises on the lung known as Pulmonary Contusions, which are often fatal.
Treatment of Rib and Torso Injuries
Generally, the treatment of rib and torso injuries depends on which rib incurred the injury and the severity of the injury experienced. Some simple and less severe rib fractures can heal in six to 12 weeks with minimal to no medical treatment.
More extensive rib injuries can result in internal organ damage, damage to the brachial plexus and life-threatening Flail Chest injuries, among other serious side effects.
Those who suffer rib and torso injuries in a Connecticut auto accident may have to go through the following treatments for their injuries:
- Physical therapy
- Use of pain medications and muscle relaxers
- Massage therapy
Contact Connecticut Rib and Torso Injury Attorneys
The treatment of serious rib and torso injuries can be very expensive. If you or a loved one were in an auto accident and suffered rib and torso injuries, you may be able to file a claim in order to recover compensation for damages related to the collision, including medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to rib and torso injury victims, contact a knowledgeable attorney at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. During your free case evaluation, a member of our team will assess the merits of your injury claim and guide you on the best course of action in pursuing legal ramifications for your condition.
To begin exploring your legal options and to seek the compensation you deserve, simply complete the form on this page or call 1-203-397-1283 today for a free consultation.