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Dangers Associated With Fracture of the Sternum

Posted on March 30, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Car Accidents on Monday, March 30, 2015.

Oklahoma residents who are involved in car accidents involving older vehicles that lack airbags could be at a greater risk for fracturing their breast bone, also known as the sternum. The protective nature of this structure plays a crucial role in the safety of internal organs such as the heart and lungs. When an individual suffers a sternum injury, the potential for underlying organ damage is also quite high.

Sternum injuries can occur in any situation involving a blow to the area, including sports, construction activity, falls and car accidents. A driver who is not wearing a seat belt or who is a passenger in a vehicle that lacks airbags could be subject to catastrophic injuries because of the impact of the chest against a steering wheel or dashboard in an accident. Although bone damage alone may not be dangerous, the potential for puncturing or bruising the heart or a lung could result in devastating consequences. Statistics indicate that between 25 and 45 percent of injuries related to the fracture of a sternum are fatal.

At least 60 percent of fractures to the sternum occur because of auto accidents. Women are more likely to experience such injuries, and children are less likely to suffer sternum fractures. Preventive measures include remembering to use seat belts. It is also important to activate airbags in vehicles that allow for disabling of this security feature.

Someone who is injured in a car accident in which another driver was at fault may wish to consider speaking with a personal injury attorney in order to determine the remedies that may be available. If a lawsuit is filed, the damages that could be sought may include the costs of resulting medical care and treatment.

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