Chest contusions can result from high impact car accidents

Chest Contusions from Car Accidents

How Car Accidents Cause Chest Contusions?

Car accident injuries can vary dramatically.  Some minor injuries may require only a short period of medical and convalescent care.  Contrarily, others may require rehabilitation that can affect your life and that of your loved ones, long-term. Additionally, there are those injuries that may not be noticed immediately.  Sometimes after a car accident, an injury can show symptoms hours, days, and even weeks later. A chest contusion can be one of these.

What Is A Chest Contusion?

A chest contusion is a bruise injury that injures blood vessels beneath the skin. Blood will pool and collect and form a hematoma. Although this may not sound very serious, a chest contusion can affect many of the adjacent organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, and spleen.

What Types of Chest Contusions Can Result from a Car Accident?

Chest contusions can cause complications that range from minor discomfort and swelling to fatality. Often-times, this will depend upon the force that was exerted at impact of the car accident and the location of the injury. These complications may show up as one of the following: 

Fractured or Bruised Sternum

The sternum is connected to the ribs and can be fractured by blunt force trauma or it may simply bruise. Although the injury itself may not be serious, it can inhibit the your ability to take full deep breaths. Consequently, it can lead to complications like pneumonia.

Myocardial Contusion

With a myocardial contusion, the heart itself is bruised. Trauma may affect the muscle tissues of the heart as well as the associated nerves.  As a result, this can inhibit your heart’s ability to circulate blood.

Pulmonary Contusion

A pulmonary contusion is one of those injuries that may not be seen right away which makes it particularly dangerous. Injury to the lung tissue can cause slow bleeding and swelling. This may develop into low blood oxygen, shortness of breath, and even acute respiratory distress syndrome leading to respiratory failure.


Seat belts can easily cause chest contusions.

How Soon After My Car Accident Will the Chest Contusion Show Up?

In some cases, symptoms of a chest contusion can show up immediately. However, sometimes symptoms may become apparent days after the car accident. This is why it is essential to get medical attention as soon as possible after you have been involved in a car accident. A healthcare provider may find your injury before you even experience symptoms so you can begin treatment immediately. It’s important to talk to an injury attorney about your accident. They can help you understand what steps you should take to have a strong personal injury claim.

How Can Your Vehicle Injure You in the Course of a Car Accident?

Chest contusions are common in car accidents because of the abrupt force and impact with objects.  Consequently, those objects are something outside the car or even inside the car. Some of the most common causes of chest contusions are often those very things that are designed to keep you safe.  For example, seat belts are designed to keep you safe and tighten against the body at an abrupt stop.  However, the rapid response can also create a chest contusion

Additionally,  consider your vehicle’s airbag.  Airbags deploy immediately upon impact. The force of the impact against the body can create a chest contusion.  More commonly, steering wheels also can cause injury.  Many drivers who prefer driving very close to the steering column unfortunately put themselves at risk of a chest contusion in the event of a car accident. 

How Long Does It Take a Chest Contusion to Heal?

Chest contusions can take weeks or even months to heal properly. This often leaves injured parties restricted in their mobility and unable to work. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and lost wages.

If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and lost wages. Contact the personal injury team at the Law Offices of Jamiel J. Peterson, P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your case. (816) 319-0508

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