Rib and Torso Injury Compensation Claims
One of the most common types of car accident injuries experienced by Oklahoma accident victims, in fact, is a rib and torso injury.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Tulsa auto accident, you may be able to recover compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, mental anguish and any other losses from the crash.
Types of Rib and Torso Injuries
The rib cage protects the body's vital organs from internal injury. A human rib cage consists of 12 pairs of ribs, or 24 ribs in total. Since the rib cage protects the lungs, in addition to other organs, they are designed to move with each breath. A rib injury can be extremely painful as the simple task of breathing can often leave an injury victim in excruciating pain.
There are many different types of rib and torso injuries that range in severity. Some of the most common of these injuries include broken or fractured ribs, soft-tissue rib injuries and serious Flail Chest injuries.
Fractured or Broken Ribs
Any of the 24 rib bones have the capability of breaking. A fractured rib is much more common than a total break. Around 10 percent of victims that experience blunt force trauma to the chest in a collision suffer from, at minimum, one fractured
Soft-Tissue Rib Injuries
If a car accident victim suffers a rib fracture, they will usually suffer from a soft-tissue injury as well. This type of rib and torso injury is characterized by the damage of the soft-tissue surrounding the rib bone. Unfortunately, those who suffer from this type of injury are not likely to ever completely recover from the trauma and can suffer from permanent pain.
A Flail Chest injury is defined as a cluster of consecutive fractured ribs. It is crucial that victims who suffer from this type of injury seek immediate medical attention as Flail Chest injuries are often fatal.
Part of the chest wall becomes separated from the rest of the chest wall when several consecutive ribs are fractured, causing chest wall to float freely in the body. This can cause pulmonary contusions, or bruises on the lungs, which are often fatal. Tragically, the fatality rate of Flail Chest victims is 50 percent.
Rib and Torso Injury Treatment Options
The treatment of a rib and torso injury depends on where the injury occurred and the severity of the injury experienced. If a rib fracture is not that severe, it can heal in six to 12 weeks with minimal medical treatment. More severe injuries may require more extensive and expensive medical treatment.
Treatment of an Oklahoma rib and torso injury can include:
- Massage Therapy
- Use of Pain Medications and Muscle Relaxers
- Physical Therapy
Contact a Knowledgeable Rib and Torso Injury Attorney Today
It is not uncommon for rib and torso injury victims to fail to realize how seriously they were hurt or the full extent of their financial losses until it is too late to file a claim. Oklahoma has a strict statute of limitations for filing an injury claim, so we urge you to contact an experienced rib and torso injury attorney right away to begin the legal process. Failing to file a lawsuit within a reasonable amount of time could significantly affect your ability to recover fair compensation for your injuries.
Our rib and torso personal injury lawyers at The Edwards Law Firm have the skills and resources necessary to successfully litigate an injury claim. With offices in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, we are dedicated to helping anyone who has suffered harm at the hands of another fight for the rights they may deserve.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Tulsa rib and torso injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.