The sternum is located in the center of the chest and is protected by the pectoral muscles. The sternum is also commonly referred to as the breastbone. The sternum, along with the clavicles and ribcage house and protect many vital internal organs such as the heart and lungs. Sternum injuries are very common in any type of accident that exerts excessive force onto the chest cavity. If you have suffered a sternum injury in an accident sue to another’s negligence it is imperative that you consult with a skilled Maryland Sternum Injury Lawyer.
Causes of Sternum Fractures and Breastbone Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Slip And Fall Accidents
- Sports Injuries
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
Diagnosing and Treating a Fractured Sternum
The most effective way to diagnose a sternum fracture and its severity is via taking an X-ray. Many times sternum fractures will heal on their own and only pain relievers and limited movements are prescribed. For large sternum fractures where the sternum is unstable or severed surgery may be required.
Any chest injury will warrant ruling out other types of injuries such as broken clavicles, ribs or injuries to the heart and lungs. Once these are ruled out you can focus primarily on allowing the sternum to heal. Healing of the sternum is a very passive process that only time will cure. You may experience a fair amount of pain and physical discomfort during the recovery process. If necessary you may be prescribed physical therapy to help your pectorals, or chest muscles, regain their strength.
Compensation for Sternum Fractures in Maryland
If your sternum injury was caused by someone else you may be entitled to compensation under Maryland Personal Injury Law. Damages that may be awarded in a Maryland Injury settlement or verdict are financial compensation, lost wages compensation and current and future medical expenses. If your injury was not caused in the workplace or while performing a work related activity you may also be entitled to pain and suffering compensation. A skilled and experienced Maryland Personal Injury Lawsuit Claim Attorney will identify all possible means of compensation and get you what you deserve.
Contact a Maryland Injury Liability Lawsuit Law Firm
Please call Maryland Personal Injury Lawsuit Litigation Lawyer John Grason Turnbull. He will do his best to get you the maximum amount of compensation and medical benefits to which you are entitled for your injuries. Contact The Law Office of John Grason Turnbull at 410-321-8860 or click here to email.