Car accidents are distressing, even when they’re minor—but if you’re experiencing chest pain afterwards, that may indicate that your minor accident wasn’t so minor after all. Before you panic, see a medical doctor. It could be as simple as bruising and muscle pain, but it could also indicate serious issues.
Common Causes of Chest Pain After Car Accidents
Here are some of the most common causes of chest pain following a collision:
- Muscle strain: If you’ve ever experienced chest pain after lifting heavy objects, you can understand how a car accident can cause similar sensations. The impact can cause muscle strain and bruising, which can be quite alarming, even though it’s a minor injury.
- Bruised or broken ribs: Your ribs can be injured by hitting the steering column or from being thrown against the seatbelt. This causes chest pain, aching, and general discomfort. It’s important that you get x-rays and medical attention to rule out other issues.
- Ruptured veins or arteries: In severe car accidents, you may experience ruptured or torn veins and arteries. This causes chest pain. Internal bleeding is very serious, and since it’s difficult to tell the difference between injuries, it’s crucial that you get checked out.
- Heart attack: Car accidents are stressful, which can trigger heart attacks. Some people mistake the chest pain for other causes, like bruising or strain. Know the signs of a heart attack, and don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you’re in pain.
- Internal organ damage: Finally, your chest pain may be caused by internal organ damage. This can be fatal, so don’t ignore your chest pain.
Why You Need to See a Doctor
If the above injuries and consequences weren’t frightening enough, there’s another important reason to seek medical treatment. If you don’t see a medical doctor right away, your insurance company or defense counsel could use that as evidence that your injuries aren’t that serious.
Even if your chest pain turns out to be muscle strain or bruised ribs, it’s still important to seek medical help. Not only will you protect your health and set your mind at ease, but you’ll be in a better position to hold the negligent driver(s) responsible for your losses.
Once you’re in stable condition, be sure to call an attorney as soon as possible. You have two years to file a lawsuit—but the sooner you do so, the better.
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