If you have been involved in a car accident or sustained crush injuries, you may end up with a punctured lung. Also known as pneumothorax, where gas or air collects in the chest and causes lung collapse, a punctured lung is common when ribs are fractured, as the broken rib could easily puncture and cause damage to the lung. Whether you have been injured in an accident at work or have been involved in car crash, claiming punctured lung compensation doesn’t have to be difficult with Accident Advice Helpline. Our professional personal injury lawyers have been helping customers claim compensation since 2000 and we come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen.
What happens after my accident?
Your main priority will be to seek medical care, if you suspect you have a punctured lung. Symptoms can include a stabbing chest pain which radiates to your back and shoulder, a hacking cough or coughing up blood. After blunt trauma to your chest or ribs – such as that sustained during a vehicle collision – you should always seek emergency medical care. A punctured lung could be sustained in a car accident, building collapse, pavement collapse, fall from height or any accident involving crush injuries, such as a tractor rollover or being hit by objects falling from height.
Tension pneumothorax can be life-threatening, with patients suffering dropping blood pressure, blueness of skin and decreased consciousness – this should be treated as a medical emergency. Most patients suffering from a punctured lung will be treated in hospital with a chest tube. Following treatment, recovery usually takes one to two weeks and follow-up exams and x-rays will be needed. In some cases, scarring can occur which could lead to sharp short-term chest pain.
Why should you claim?
If your accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence or you feel more could have been done to prevent your injuries – for example if you were involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver – you’re entitled to claim punctured lunch compensation. You weren’t to blame, so why should you be the one to suffer? Make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline and we’ll help you to claim the compensation you deserve for your injuries and any financial losses, like loss of earnings, that have affected you. To find out more, just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today to speak to one of our expert advisors.