Broken ribs can lead to serious complications

Car accidents are serious events no matter how minor they may seem on the outside. It is just as easy for someone to suffer serious injuries in a low-speed crash as it is in a high-speed crash. Of course, various details can play roles in the outcomes of a car accident.

Unfortunately for you, the car accident you were involved in left you with serious injuries. At first, the adrenaline of the situation may not have made you notice the immense pain of your broken ribs, but you soon realized something was seriously wrong.

Broken ribs and complications

Some people may not think of broken ribs as a serious injury because they are not put in a cast in order to heal like other broken bones. However, broken ribs can range in severity and, in some cases, cause serious complications. For example, the accident may have resulted in cracks to your ribs that mostly cause pain, difficulty breathing and other discomfort. 

On the other hand, your ribs may have broken into multiple pieces or in jagged edges. In this type of scenario, a broken rib may have punctured your lung, torn or punctured a major blood vessel, or caused damage to your liver, spleen or kidneys.

Effects of broken ribs

Obviously, if your broken rib caused damage to major blood vessels or organs, you were in a serious and potentially life-threatening situation. You may have needed extensive medical treatment in order to address the severity of your injuries, and you may need a long time to recover. You may find yourself having a hard time taking deep breaths, being unable to move your body easily and feeling general pain in the area.

Unfortunately, any of these issues may mean that you cannot go to work or participate in activities that you enjoy. If the injuries are severe enough, you may have lasting effects that plague you for years to come.

Seeking compensation

If another driver caused the car accident that resulted in your broken ribs, you may want to remember that you have legal options for seeking compensation. A personal injury claim could allow you to pursue monetary restitution for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages permitted under Nebraska law. To fully understand your available options, you may wish to speak with an experienced attorney.

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