From an outsider’s perspective, a car accident may seem minor. Yet it is just as easy for someone to suffer severe injuries in a low-speed crash as it is in a high-speed crash. 

Broken ribs and complications

Some people may not think of broken ribs as a serious injury, because healing does not involve a cast. Still, broken ribs can range in severity and, in some cases, cause serious complications.

For example, an accident can cause cracked ribs, which results in pain, difficulty in breathing and other discomforts. 

On the other hand, there are situations when ribs are broken into multiple pieces or into jagged edges. In this type of scenario, a broken rib can lead to a punctured lung, torn or punctured blood vessel, or damage to the liver, spleen or kidneys.

Effects of broken ribs

When a broken rib causes damage to major blood vessels or organs, this is a potentially life-threatening situation. Victims may need extensive medical treatment to address the injuries, and there can be a long recovery time. Victims may have a hard time breathing, may be unable to move efficiently, and may have general pain.

Unfortunately, any of these issues may mean the victim cannot work or participate in activities he or she enjoys. If the injuries are severe enough, there could be long-lasting effects.

Seeking compensation

If another driver caused the car accident that resulted in broken ribs, remember that you have legal options for seeking compensation. A personal injury claim could allow you to pursue monetary restitution for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages permitted under Pennsylvania law. To fully understand your available options, speak with an experienced attorney.