Broken Ribs in an Auto Accident in Florida
A broken or fractured rib is a very painful medical condition. When trauma to the chest occurs, a broken or fractured rib is a common result. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of trauma to the chest, and therefore one of the leading causes of broken ribs. If you need help recovering compensation for medical expenses in treating a broken rib, a car accident lawyer can assist you.
Symptoms of a Broken Rib
A broken rib, or rib fracture, is caused when one of the rib bones in your body is cracked or broken. A fractured or broken rib is one of the most painful breaks in the body and can make movement, coughing and even breathing almost unbearable.
The symptoms of a broken rib usually include acute pain at the break site that is worsened by deep breaths, movement or pressure on the injured area. When a break to the ribs is severe, the broken bone can cause additional complications, such as puncturing a vital organ, like the lung, spleen, liver, kidney or aorta. If this happens, the victim is put in immediate danger of bleeding to death, contracting an infection, going into shock and more.
Treatment for a Broken Rib
According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, healing time for a broken rib can be expected to last at least six weeks. If bodily organs were injured during the process, then hospitalization over the six-week period (if not longer) may be required. Otherwise, the healing process is slow and painful and is usually aided by pain medications. Unlike treatment for broken ribs in the past, broken ribs today are not treated with bandages or belts around the chest because doing so restricts breathing and movement, which can lead to pneumonia. Applying an ice pack to the injury a few times a day is now recommended.
Filing a Claim for a Broken Rib Caused by a Car Accident
In Florida, you cannot file a personal injury claim in civil court against another driver for damages unless the injury was severe enough to cause death or permanent impairment, disability or disfigurement. Florida is a no-fault car accident state, and in a no-fault car accident state, you first must file a claim with your own insurance company.
However, insurance companies don’t always offer a settlement amount that is fair or deserved. To make sure you get a fair settlement amount, you need an attorney on your side who can negotiate a settlement amount for you.
If your broken rib injury was severe enough to cause permanent disability or if a loved one’s rib injury from a car accident resulted in death (in the case that an internal organ was punctured, for example), then you have the right to file a claim in civil court for damages. An attorney can aid you in doing so. As a note, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim for damages in Florida is four years from the date of injury, as stated in Florida Statute 95.11.
Consult with a Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you suffered a broken rib due to a car accident, a personal injury attorney can help you recover money for medical expenses and lost wages. At Chalik & Chalik Law Offices, our legal team is prepared to take on your case today. Call us now to get started at 855-529-0269.