Did you suffer a collapsed lung in a motorcycle crash? Here, we explain how a crash can cause it, treatments, and your right to compensation from the driver.

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How a Motorcycle Accident Can Cause a Life-Threatening Pneumothorax

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collapsed lung motorcycle crashMotorcycle riders are much more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death in a crash than drivers of passenger cars and trucks. Even when motorcyclists wear protective clothing and a DOT-approved helmet, they often don’t have adequate protection when a negligent driver causes a crash. One common life-threatening injury that motorcyclists can suffer in these wrecks is a collapsed lung.

How Does a Motorcycle Crash Cause Riders to Suffer a Pneumothorax?

Pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung, occurs when air leaks into the space between the lungs and chest wall. The air pushes on the outside of the lung and causes it to collapse. Typically, only a portion of the lung collapses. It can be caused by lung disease, ruptured air blisters on the top of the lung, or a medical procedure involving inserting a needle into the chest.

A collapsed lung can also be caused by a blunt or penetrating injury to a motorcycle rider’s chest when he is involved in a crash. Being thrown off a motorcycle or being hit in the chest by an oncoming vehicle are just a few of the ways that a motorcycle accident can lead to one of the rider’s lungs collapsing. In some cases, the lung is initially punctured and later collapses.

What Treatments Could You Need for Pneumothorax?

A collapsed lung can be a life-threatening condition. Symptoms often include sudden chest pain and shortness of breath. This condition is diagnosed through a chest X-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan.

The goal of treatment is to relieve the pressure on the lungs and prevent another lung collapse—a common complication. Treatments can involve the following:

  • Observation. If the portion of lung that collapsed is small, a doctor may monitor the victim’s condition and order a series of chest X-rays. Supplemental oxygen may be needed as well.
  • Needle insertion. If the collapse is more serious, a needle or tube could be inserted to drain out the excess air. In some cases, the tube may be connected to a machine that removes air from the lung on a continuous basis.
  • Surgery. Surgery can be needed to surgically close the leak if the insertion of a tube does not sufficiently relieve the pressure in the collapsed lung.

Let Us Help You Obtain the Compensation You Deserve

You could be off work for weeks, months, or longer if you suffered a collapsed lung and other injuries in a motorcycle accident. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation to learn how we can help you fight for the damages you deserve.

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