The human body consists of over two hundred bones. It is fair to say that
most people cannot name most of them. On the other hand, everybody knows
what a rib cage is and that is consists of a series of long, curved rib
bones. These bones are easier to break and commonly broken in
Perhaps the most vital function of the rib cage is protecting the body’s
internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, and portions of the stomach
and kidneys, among other organs. Moreover, ribs are not just a series
of hard bone; they are also surrounded by soft tissue and ligaments.
When people experience blunt force trauma to the torso, ribs can be broken,
fractured or “cracked”, and or bruised. The soft tissue surrounding
the rib may also be damaged. In the most severe cases, several ribs adjacent
to each other can all be fractured, causing the broken segment to float
away from the rest of the rib cage. The latter is highly fatal, while
other types of rib injuries can be minor.
A fatal rib injury is shocking to imagine, but nonetheless is a real possibility.
This is because broken ribs and bone fragments can puncture organs such
as the heart and lungs. Doctors take this possibility seriously, and so
But whether a rib is completely fractured or cracked or bruised, the pain
is intense. In fact, the persistent and growing pain is the primary symptom
that alerts rib break victims to the injury. The pain will persist until
the rib has healed, which can take as long as three months for even minor
Complicating the matter is the fact that casting the injury is not possible
with broken and or fractured ribs. This is because the entire torso would
have to be placed in a cast and such is unreasonable due to the restriction
it would place on one’s ability to breath.
Experienced Ellenville personal injury attorneys know that millions of
motor vehicle accidents occur every year in the United States. Many of these cause serious trauma
that includes various injuries to the rib cage. Moreover, a great many
of these vehicle accidents are preventable and were caused by the negligence
of another driver.
If the negligence of another driver caused your broken rib, you are entitled
Compensation refers to the monetary equivalent of your pain and suffering
as well as many other things. Any medical cost paid out of pocket can
be claimed from the negligent driver. So too can rehabilitation costs,
lost wages, lost earning potential, occupational therapy, vocational training
if the victim can no longer work in his or her previous trade due to the
injury, and many more damages.
Learn more about serious personal injuries
in our latest article available here. Also read about broken bones and how these types of cases affect your damages
in our blog post here. Visit our blog post to learn about spinal fusions and how they work in
our blog post available here. Also read about lower leg and tibia-fibula fractures in
our blog post here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.