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Chest Pain After A Car Accident

Being in a car accident can be a frightening and traumatic experience. The shock of the accident may prevent you from realizing that you have been injured until some time afterward. Many people experience chest pain or other injury hours after the incident. Drivers should always monitor their physical condition carefully following a vehicle accident to ensure that a chest injury gets proper medical treatment.

Dull, Aching Chest Pain

Following a car accident, you may experience a dull, aching pain in the chest. This pain can occur when the chest area hits the steering wheel. The muscles and tendons of the chest may become bruised and painful. Though this is not a life-threatening injury, you should seek medical attention to ensure that further injury has not occurred. Ice packs and pain medications can help to relieve pain until the bruising dissipates.

Shooting Pain

Shooting pain can result from fractured ribs after an automobile accident. This often occurs when the chest area is suddenly constricted against the seat belts. It can also occur if the chest hits the steering wheel. The pain may be severe when taking a normal breath. This type of injury should be seen be a physician to ensure that further injury has not occurred in the chest cavity. The ribs may need to be taped to stabilize them as the fracture heals.


Intermittent Pain in Chest

After a car accident, if chest pain is intermittent, that is, it comes and goes with movement; it may mean that you have bruised the sternum or ribs. It can also indicate injury or bleeding to the muscle around the heart. If you have additional symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, headache or difficulty breathing, see a doctor immediately for a correct diagnosis.

Again, it must be stressed that if you are suffering from lingering pain or discomfort after a car accident, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. Additionally, if the accident was not your fault, you could be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering, and should seek the advice of a lawyer in your area, and you can find a skilled car accident attorney at, or we will help connect you with a competent and experienced lawyer who handles car accident cases.  Fill out the following form and we will have them contact you ASAP.