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Sternum fracture as a result of an auto accident

As some Montana residents may know, fractures of the sternum commonly occur in a motor vehicle accident. Sternal fractures are fractures of the flat bone of the chest. This bone protects the heart, lungs and aorta. The symptoms can include chest pain, soreness, bruising, difficulty breathing and pain when taking a deep breath, coughing, sneezing or laughing. Muscle spasms may ensue after a sternal fracture and the rib area may appear deformed. Sometimes, there is a grinding or crunching sound at the injury site.

Hospitals can take steps to reduce childbirth complications

For many Montana parents, a complication during childbirth can be both emotionally and financially draining. A newborn child who suffers complications could experience injuries that require lifetime medical care. In the most severe cases, the child may not survive the delivery. While many hospitals have taken steps to reduce complications, there is still room for improvement. Several hospitals around the country have shown that implementing some basic safety steps can have a substantial impact.

Proving liability after a car accident

When a car crash occurs in the state of Montana, the driver who did not cause the crash may be eligible to seek compensation. However, they must be able to prove to either their insurance company or the responsible driver's insurance company that they did not cause the accident. There are several pieces of information that may help strengthen the injured person's case.

Symptoms and treatment of internal bleeding

In Montana and throughout the U.S., when a driver is involved in a serious car wreck, it is likely that they will suffer injuries that cause internal bleeding. Because the onset of symptoms can occur well after the crash, internal bleeding can be deadly if the injuries are not treated in a timely manner.

Overcoming brain injuries

It is estimated that 2.5 million people a year around the country will suffer from a traumatic brain injury. After an injury occurs, doctors and family members will work together to help an injured Montana patient live as normal a life as possible. The type of rehabilitation program designed will depend largely on the type and severity of the injury suffered. For instance, a person who is in a coma will receive specific care to manage symptoms.

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