Sternum Injury Attorneys in San Diego
The sternum, also referred to as the breastbone, is a long, flat, narrow bone located at the center of the chest. It is where the ribs attach in the front of the body, forming a protective cage that houses some of the body's most vital organs, including the heart, lungs, pancreas, and spleen. A strong blow to the chest can result in a bruised or broken sternum. The sternum is a strong bone that requires a lot of force to fracture, so a sternum fracture is usually accompanied by other severe injuries, such as broken ribs, crushed or punctured organs, collapsed lungs, and internal bleeding.
The most common cause of sternum injuries is motor vehicle accidents. This usually occurs when a vehicle crashes into another car or a stationary object, causing the chest to strike the steering wheel, dashboard, seat back, shoulder strap, or other hard surface. If you or a family member has suffered a sternum injury in an automobile or other vehicle accident, it is important to contact an experienced San Diego injury attorney. The legal team at the San Diego offices of Jurewitz Law Group has successfully represented Southern California personal injury victims since 2000.
We will see to it that you get the best settlement possible for your injury. To begin your road to recovery, simply call (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.
A sternum injury can be a very frightening experience. You may feel pain in your chest and have difficultly breathing. (Images Courtesy of North County Graphics)
Signs and Symptoms of a Fractured Sternum
Following a vehicle accident where chest impact is involved, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of a sternum fracture. These usually include the sudden onset of sharp and intense pain that may get worse when breathing deeply, coughing, sneezing, or even laughing. This pain may increase when lying face down or on one's side. The sternum may also be painful to the touch, particularly at the actual location of the break. Swelling and bruising of the sternum may also be visually evident. In the case of severe sternum fractures, obvious chest deformities may be visible. Severe sternum fractures can also cause pain with certain movement of the chest and upper back, such as standing up straight, bending over, or twisting. Certain movements of the arms and shoulders can also cause pain, such as lifting, pushing, pulling, or reaching over one's head.
Damages for a Sternum Injury
If you have suffered a sternum injury due to an auto accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages from missed work
- Diminished earning capacity
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Punitive damages
- Property loss or damage
To get the settlement that is worthy of your injury, it is vital that you get the representation of a qualified attorney.
Contact a San Diego Sternum Injury Attorney Today
The personal injury lawyers at San Diego's Jurewitz Law Group have been skillfully representing Southern California injury victims for over 15 years. We help Southern Californians recover. To get your claim underway, call Jurewitz Law Group at (888) 233-5020 or (619) 233-5020 to schedule a free consultation.
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