California Car Accident Chest Injuries
Chest injuries from car accidents can range from mild to life-threatening. If you’ve been injured in a crash, keep reading to learn about filing a claim for your car accident chest injury in California.
Are you experiencing chest pain after a car accident? Have you been diagnosed with bruised ribs, fractured ribs, or any other type of chest injury? If so, you should speak with an attorney about your legal rights. Car accident chest injuries can be painful, debilitating, and expensive, and filing a successful insurance claim can be extremely important for moving on.
While you can file an insurance claim on your own, it is strongly in your best interests to hire an attorney to help you through CarAccidentSource.com. Not only do you need to prove that you are entitled to compensation, but you also need to prove how much you are entitled to recover. Keep reading to learn more about the costs of car accident chest injuries, the steps involved in filing a claim, and why you should hire a lawyer to help:
- Understanding the Costs of Car Accident Chest Injuries
- Steps Involved in Filing a Claim
- FAQs: Do You Need a Lawyer to Help with Your Car Accident Chest Injury Claim?
The costs of car accident chest injuries can vary widely. If you’ve been injured, the costs you will incur will depend greatly on the severity of your injury. Generally speaking, traumatic chest injuries are broken down into two main categories:
Serious Chest Injuries
Serious chest injuries are generally characterized by “[p]ain or difficulty breathing that starts immediately. . . . Other symptoms often develop quickly [as well], such as severe shortness of breath or signs of shock.”
With regard to car accidents, serious chest injuries most often result from severe blunt force trauma (or “[a] forceful blow to the chest”). This can cause injuries including:
- Damage to the heart, blood vessels, or esophagus
- Rib fractures and sternum fractures
- Lung and trachea injuries
- Liver, spleen, or kidney damage
Minor Chest Injuries
Minor chest injuries typically cause pain that becomes more noticeable when moving parts of the upper body. Notably, “[e]ven a minor injury can cause chest pain for days.” Bruised ribs and muscle strains are typically categorized as minor injuries; however, these injuries can still be expensive, and they can still justify claims for financial compensation.
There is a lot of variation within each of these categories. The recovery process after suffering a chest injury in a car accident can range anywhere from weeks to years, and treatment needs can range from rest to multiple surgeries. As a result, compensation amounts can vary widely for all types of injury-related losses, including:
- Medical bills for diagnosis, treatment, surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation
- Out-of-pocket costs such as prescriptions, medical supplies, and crutches
- Loss of income while you are unable to work
- Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of companionship, consortium, society, and enjoyment of life
These are all losses an attorney can help you recover if someone else was at fault in your car accident. Even if you were at fault (or partially at fault), an attorney may still be able to help you recover at least partial compensation.
So, now that you know a little more about the costs you are likely to incur, how do you file a claim to recover the compensation you deserve? Right now, there are three steps you should take as soon as possible:
Step #1: Follow Your Doctor’s Advice
As you work through the recovery process for your car accident chest injury, you need to carefully follow your doctor’s advice. The only caveat is if you think you need a second opinion—if so, you should get one right away. Make sure you know what you need to do, what you should not be doing, and when your next appointment is scheduled.
Step #2: Start Documenting Your Claim
When you need to seek financial compensation for a car accident, documentation is extremely important. So, get in the habit of keeping any records you receive related to the accident, your treatment, or the effects of your chest injury (i.e. if you miss time from work). Now is also a good time to write down everything you remember about the accident before your memory starts to fade.
Step #3: Talk to an Attorney
There really is no substitute for an attorney's advice when you’ve been injured in a car accident. Recovering financial compensation won’t be easy—even if the insurance companies tell you otherwise. It is up to you to protect your legal rights, and you will need an experienced advocate on your side fighting for the compensation you deserve.
What are Some of the Main Reasons to Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
There are several reasons to hire a lawyer after a car accident, especially if you have been seriously injured. However, some of the most-important reasons are: (i) to make sure you file all available claims (filing an insurance claim might not be your only option); (ii) accurately calculating the costs of your injury (both current and future); and, (iii) making sure you don’t unknowingly settle for less than you deserve.
Should I Talk to a Lawyer if I Just Have a Minor Chest Injury?
Yes, even if your chest injury could be categorized as “minor,” you should talk to a lawyer about your legal rights. Even minor injuries can be costly; and, if it turns out that your injury is worse than you originally thought, it will become even more important to make sure you recover just compensation.
How Much Do Lawyers Charge for Car Accident Chest Injury Claims?
Lawyers typically charge the same fees regardless of the nature of their clients injuries. Contingency fees for car accident claims are usually around 33 percent, although some lawyers may charge between 25 percent and 40 percent depending on the specific circumstances involved.