Car Accident Collapsed Lung Injury Claim Lawyers in Georgia
According to the Mayo Clinic, a punctured lung, also known as pneumothorax, is an air leak between a person's lung and chest wall. The air leak causes air to push against tissue outside of the affected lung, causing it to collapse. Emergency medical treatment is necessary, especially if the injury was caused in a motor vehicle accident since one or both of the person's lungs could collapse.
If you or a loved one sustained a pneumothorax during a motor vehicle collision due to someone else's negligence, speak to one of our experienced car accident collapsed lung attorneys in Georgia at 1-800-LAW-NEED ( 1-800-529-6333 ). We are available 24/7 to discuss your case.
The Five Primary Types of Collapsed Lungs:
Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax: A collapsed lung can occur in people who do not suffer from lung illnesses or diseases. Primary spontaneous pneumothorax occurs when abnormal air sacs in the lungs break apart and release air.
Secondary Spontaneous Pneumothorax: A collapsed lung can occur as a side effect of lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and emphysema.
Injury-related Pneumothorax: Trauma to the chest can lead to collapsed lungs. Collapsed lungs are often caused by fractured ribs, blunt force trauma to the chest, and a knife or gunshot wound.
Catamenial Pneumothorax: One rare condition called endometriosis can lead to a collapsed lung when endometrial tissue forms cysts that could bleed into the pleural space, leading to a collapsed lung.
Latrogenic Pneumothorax: One potential complication of a lung biopsy, a central venous line insertion, or other medical procedures, can cause pneumothorax.
The Most Common Causes of a Collapsed Lung
The following is a shortlist of the most common causes of collapsed lungs according to the Cleveland Clinic:
Air Blisters: Small air blisters called pulmonary blebs can develop around the lungs. These pulmonary blebs can burst and allow air to leak into the space around the lungs.
Chest Trauma: Any blunt or penetrating injury to the chest can lead to a case of pneumothorax. This kind of lung injury can be caused in a traffic accident with a rib fracture. The fractured ribs can then cause a bronchial rupture with increased intrathoracic pressure.
Lung Disease: Diseased lung tissue can create damage learning to collapsed lung. Underlying lung illnesses such as pneumonia, Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, and cystic fibrosis can also cause pneumothorax.
Mechanical Ventilation: A severely collapsed lung can occur when a patient requires mechanical ventilation. A ventilator can cause an air pressure imbalance inside the thoracic cavity, leading to a total lung collapse.
The Risk Factors of a Punctured Lung
For collapsed lung, punctured lung, and pneumothorax cases, women are less likely to sustain this type of lung injury. Those who need mechanical ventilation are at a higher risk for this lung condition.
The following is a brief list of other collapsed lung risk factors:
- People who have sustained a collapsed lung in the past
- People who have a genetic predisposition
- Smoking increases the risk of this medical condition
- Motor vehicle accident victims
The Signs and Symptoms of Pneumothorax
The following is a shortlist of the signs and symptoms of a collapsed lung:
- Bluish skin discoloration
- Chest pain experienced on one side when taking breaths
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shallow, fast breathing
- Severe cough
- Shortness of breath
How to Treat Pneumothorax
Treating a punctured lung depends on the injury's severity, size, and cause. Treatment may include:
Patient Observation: A physician may examine the patient for breathing and heart problems. The doctor might recommend supplemental oxygen and follow-up appointments.
Surgical Procedure: In some cases, surgery is required to correct lung collapse injuries. A surgeon will remove some lung tissue, or the surgeon will perform chemical pleurodesis using a piece of gauze or perform mechanical pleurodesis to help reattach the lung to the chest cavity.
Possible Complications of Pneumothorax
Collapsed lung cases usually heal without issue. However, in some cases, there can be severe complications such as:
- Heart failure
- Trauma due treatment
- Re-expansion pulmonary edema (REPE)
If someone exhibits signs of a collapsed lung, they must receive a thorough medical examination to confirm the lung injury as quickly as possible. Accident injury victims may be qualified to seek monetary compensation for economic and non-economic damages. These damages may include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other car accident-related expenses and losses depending on the facts of a particular incident.
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