If you have recently fallen, you need to know the signs of a rib fracture.  Most of us will try to dismiss pain following what we believe to be a minor accident, but the symptoms of a rib fracture should not be ignored.

Some of the warnings signs of a broken rib include pain in the injured area, pain when breathing, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, drowsiness and pain when pressure is placed on the breastbone.

A broken rib can be accompanied by another, more serious injury.  A rib fracture can cause injury to an underlying organ and could result in an abdominal injury, liver injury and even a splenic injury. 

The majority of rib fractures will heal with little complication, but on occasion there are severe repercussions.  Some of the complications linked to broken ribs include pneumonia, hemothorax, pneumothorax, hypoxia, brachial plexus and lung injuries.  Many of these conditions are life threatening.

If you have sustained a rib fracture from a slip and fall accident caused by the property owner’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation.  You may be confused as to what exactly led to your fall, which is why you should contact an experienced Orange County accident attorney who will be able to review your case to help you determine the cause.  Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers today at 800-350-8888 for answers to your legal questions.
Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982
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