You were involved in a motorcycle accident in which you experienced a blow to your chest. If you have any of these symptoms, you could have a punctured lung.

Did a Motorcycle Accident Leave You With a Punctured Lung?

What you thought would be a quick trip to Northgate Mall ended with a stay in Virginia Mason Hospital. As you traveled on your motorcycle down Rte. 5, a car pulled out of a side street directly into your path. You had no time to stop and you ran into him, flipping over his hood and landing hard in the street. You immediately felt a sharp pain and began having trouble taking full breaths. After an examination and x-rays at the emergency room, the doctor said he thought you may have a punctured lung.

The Signs and Symptoms of a Punctured Lung

While a medical exam and an x-ray will confirm the diagnosis, you can get an idea of the severity of your injuries with a quick self-assessment at the scene. A punctured lung may cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain that radiates to the shoulder and back
  • A dry, hacking cough caused by irritation of the diaphragm
  • A sharp, stabbing pain that gets worse when you breathe in
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Bluish lip or skin color
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cough
  • Increased heart rate

Are You Prepared to Pay for the Treatment?

As you may imagine, healing a punctured lung takes time and money. In addition to the myriad of diagnostic tests you’ll receive, you can also expect catheter aspiration, tube insertion, antibiotic therapy, and possibly surgery. During treatment, you will miss work which could mean loss of income. All of this because of someone else’s carelessness.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to help you recover the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and vehicle repairs, and to replace your lost paychecks. Contact us today to speak with an experienced legal professional about your case.

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