If you sustain a punctured lung in a motorcycle accident, you’re at risk for developing serious complications. Find out more about this serious condition here.

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When a Punctured Lung Becomes Worse: What You Need to Know About Pneumothorax


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5/6/2015
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You consider yourself a safe motorcyclist: you drive defensively, wear the proper gear, maintain your bike, and never drive while distracted. Unfortunately, your efforts didn’t pay off the day a truck hit you when he turned left onto Lake City Way NE and sent you to the hospital.

The doctors initially diagnosed you with a punctured lung, which you likely received when your chest made contact with your handlebars. Unfortunately, your condition progressed and you developed pneumothorax.

Pneumothorax: Taking the Wind Out of Your Sails

Pneumothorax is a painful and potentially life-threatening condition that can take lots of time and treatment to heal. A few basic questions are answered here.

  • What is it? Pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung, occurs when air leaks into the space between your lungs and chest wall. The air pushes on the outside of your lung and causes it to collapse. Typically, only a portion of the lung collapses.
  • What causes it? This painful condition occurs when a weak spot in the lung caused by cancer, infection, or another medical condition bursts. When it happens after an accident, it is likely due to a puncture, oftentimes from a broken rib.
  • What are the symptoms? The signs of a punctured lung and pneumothorax are quite similar and include shortness of breath, sudden chest pain, fatigue, cough, fever, and a rapid heartbeat.
  • What is the treatment? Minor pneumothorax cases may be able to heal on their own. However, when they become more complicated, doctors often have to insert a flexible tube or needle between the ribs to remove the excess air.

You Can Breathe Easier When You Have an Attorney on Your Side

Pneumothorax and a punctured lung are expensive to treat and can cause you to miss time from work. The combination of the two can leave you in debt. The Andrew Kim Law Firm doesn’t think you should be held responsible for bills that aren’t your fault. If you feel the same, contact us today to learn how we may be able to help you receive compensation for your accident.



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