If you sustained a punctured lung or pneumothorax in a motorcycle crash, you may wonder what the future holds for you. Here, we discuss what you can expect.

What kind of recovery can I expect after a lung injury from a motorcycle crash?

 

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You enjoy taking advantage of warm and sunny days in Seattle by riding your motorcycle to the Sound. You are quite fond of the sights, smells, and sounds of this area and make the trip as often as you can.

Unfortunately, this trek was memorable for all of the wrong reasons. A motorist ran through a red light and collided with you. A trip to Swedish Medical Center revealed a fractured rib, which punctured your lung.

What Lung Injury Victims Can Expect in the Future 

The treatment you receive depends on the severity of your lung injury, and so does your long-term prognosis. Although no two injuries are ever the same, patients can share similar outcomes, such as the following:

  • Healthier patients are more likely to make full recoveries. Younger patients who don’t have chronic health issues are more likely to get better than those who do not. For instance, those with COPD, cancer, or other types of chronic lung issues may experience complications indefinitely from a lung injury.
  • Emotional and cognitive problems. Dealing with lung injuries can affect a person’s life for the worst. You may not be able to enjoy some of the activities you once did, and this could lead to depression. You may also experience difficulty concentrating or anxiety.
  • Overall decline in health. Muscle weakness, shortness of breath, and fatigue are also experienced by many who have suffered from lung injuries. Such problems can prevent you from working and enjoying your life.

You Can Also Expect Costly Medical Bills

Treating a lung injury isn’t cheap, and you may have this added expense for the rest of your life due to complications down the road. As the victim of the accident, you shouldn’t have to pay for something that wasn’t your fault, and the Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to help you get the compensation you deserve. Discuss your situation with an attorney by filling out our online form or by calling 800.636.3676.