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Following a car accident, blunt trauma to the chest can result in sternum injury. The sternum pain, especially after an automobile accident is a result of:

  • Bruising or hematoma
  • Swelling
  • Abrasions
  • Injury to the joint between the sternum and clavicle
  • Lung contusion
  • Skeletal injury or fracture of the sternum

The sternal pain following a vehicle accident may be severe and mask symptoms of more serious injuries. Pain after a car injury may be :

  • Intense or stabbing upon stretching or movement
  • Localized or diffuse, according to the trauma
  • Present after minimal pressure to the chest
  • Continual or burning in nature, even without movement
  • Severe upon sneezing, coughing or laughter

Sternal pain after a car accident causes limitation of movement. The pain sometimes leads to respiratory complications following a car accident. The person may take shallow breaths that lead to pneumonia or difficulty breathing. The chest may need to be splinted with a pillow to avoid pain when sneezing, coughing or taking a deep breath.
The sternal pain may be present for weeks, and results in decreased mobility, increased stress and anxiety. The pain limits the activity of daily living and increases dependence on others. The pain from sternal injury often causes an overall feeling of soreness and inability to be comfortable.


Again, it must be stressed that if you are suffering from lingering sternum pain or discomfort after a car accident, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.  After consulting your medical professional we strongly recommend consulting a personal injury lawyer in your area to help protect your rights and get you the car accident sternum pain compensation you justly deserve. 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.  We can 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.