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Collapsed Lung Injuries

A collapsed lung, also known as pneumothorax, results from trauma to the chest. It can occur if the lung is punctured, if an air pocket ruptures or when air builds around the lung and exerts pressure. The symptoms include:

  • Rapid breathing that is shallow
  • Turning blue due to lack of oxygen
  • Pain or coughing when breathing deeply
  • Flaring of the nasal passage
  • Sharp chest pain
  • Rapid heart rate

When any of these symptoms exist, the victim should seek immediate medical attention because it is very possible to go into shock. If the collapsed lung resulted from an accident someone else caused or a workplace accident, you may be able to collect compensation. Let Meshbesher Law Firm explain your legal options and help you move forward.

Common Causes

Collapsed lung injuries frequently occur in motor vehicle accidents because of the high risk of chest trauma. During a crash, a person’s chest can very easily become squeezed between their seat and steering wheel or get hit by the airbag.

A fall from heights while working and another impact to the chest can cause a lung to collapse. When the accident that caused your collapsed lung is someone else’s fault, you can hold them responsible for the medical expenses and other monetary damages that they caused you.

Would You Like To Learn More?

Chest trauma can be devastating. A collapsed lung is painful and frightening, and it can be life-threatening. If you experienced a collapsed lung resulting from someone else’s negligence, we can help. Reach us by email or call us today at 612-349-5215 for a free consultation.