Each year, over two million car accidents across the nation result in some type of blunt chest trauma which results in a rib or torso injury. In fact, one of the most common types of injuries experienced by Florida auto accident victims is a rib and torso injury.
If you or a loved one has sustained a rib and torso injury in a collision which was caused by the actions or negligence of another motorist, we believe that you deserve both compassion and compensation for your losses. You may be entitled to pursue compensation for any damages incurred in the wreck, including current and future medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and emotional turmoil.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our rib and torso injury lawyers today by completing the Free Case Evaluation form to the right or click "here" to speak to an online representative in real time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Types of Rib and Torso Injuries
The human rib cage protects the body’s vital organs from internal injury. A rib cage consists of 24 ribs or 12 pairs of ribs. Since the rib cage protects the lungs, among other organs, they are designed to move with each breath. An injury to the rib and torso can be very painful as the simple task of breathing can leave an injury victim in excruciating pain.
Florida rib and torso injuries range in severity. Some of the most common types of rib and torso injuries 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, which are often fatal. Tragically, the fatality rate of Flail Chest victims is 50 percent.
Rib and torso injuries, especially when they are a result of another’s negligence, can be devastating. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover expenses related to your rib and torso injury. Simply complete the Free Case Evaluation form to the right to see how our attorneys may be able to help with your claim.
Treatment Options for Rib and Torso Injuries
As with any type of car accident injury, the treatment of a rib and torso injury depends entirely on the location of the injury and the severity of the injury sustained. Rib fractures, the least severe of this type of injury, can 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 is, the more drastic and expensive the medical treatment becomes.
The treatment of a Florida auto accident rib and torso injury can include:
- Use of Pain Medications and Muscle Relaxers
- Physical Therapy
Victims of this type of injury often incur large medical bills for the treatment of their condition. If you suffered a rib and torso injury due to the actions of another, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills and any other damages from the crash. Contact our firm today by completing the Free Case Evaluation form to the right to see how we may be able to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Contact an Experienced Rib and Torso Injury Lawyer 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.
Florida has a two year 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 Gordon & Doner, 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 Florida 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 Evaluation form on this page.
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