A collapsed lung, also known as pneumothorax, is a serious, life-threatening injury which usually occurs after a blunt trauma. Other injuries such as broken or cracked ribs could lead to a collapsed or punctured lung, or you could suffer a collapsed lung after a road traffic accident, physical assault or being crushed when something falls on you.
Because this is such a serious injury, your life could be impacted in future if you fail to make a full recovery. If it has been less than three years since your accident, why not get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could make a claim for personal injury compensation? Our personal injury lawyers provide a no win no fee service, so anybody can afford to make their claim with us if they choose to do so.
Complications of lung injuries
Symptoms of a collapsed lung can include:
- Falling blood oxygen levels;
- Rapid, shallow breathing;
- Sharp pain on the affected side.
Diagnosis is usually made via a physical examination, but you may need a chest X-ray or bronchoscopy as well. The lung can become inflamed and lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome, which normally occurs one to three days after your injury. This can cause failure of the respiratory system which can be life-threatening – most patients are admitted to intensive care and may need to be put on a ventilator in order to help them breathe.
Infection is also a risk after surgery to repair your collapsed lung. Most people make a full recovery, but you may suffer from short-term problems including fatigue, muscle weakness, shortness of breath and depression. Time off work can affect you financially, so consider making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline in order to get the compensation you deserve. Our personal injury advisors are here to offer confidential no-obligation advice, or you could take the 30-second test™ on our website to see how much you could claim.
Your choice, your future
For some people, a collapsed lung could lead to lasting problems with their respiratory system or energy levels. Don’t let somebody else’s negligence ruin your life – if you were hit by a speeding driver or suffered your injury after a fall at work, somebody else could be to blame for your accident. Call us today on 0800 689 5659 to find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Our patron, TV personality Dame