Unfortunately, collapsed lung injuries are far from rare. Due to the tremendous force of impact, victims who have been through automobile accidents are especially susceptible to collapsed lungs. Also referred to by its official medical name ‘pneumothorax’, a collapsed lung is an incredibly painful and deeply frightening injury that can take a considerable amount of time to recover from.
At GJEL, our California collapsed lung injury attorneys are committed advocates for injured victims. If you or a family member sustained a serious collapsed lung injury in an accident in the Bay Area, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm for immediate assistance with your legal claim.
The Symptoms of a Collapsed Lung
While it is surprising to many people, a collapsed lung can actually be very difficult to diagnose. For many victims, a collapsed lung feels similar to ‘having the wind knocked out of you’. It is not always easy for a person to fully understand the true severity of their injury. This is why it is critical that victims seek medical attention. A collapsed lung must be treated. Some common symptoms that indicate that you may have suffered a collapsed lung injury include:
● Severe chest pain;
● Dull aching in the shoulder;
● Increased heartbeat;
● Shortness of breath;
● Unusually shallow breathing;
● Tightness; and
● Unusual fatigue.
It is important to note that collapsed lung injuries can vary widely. Some of these injuries are far more severe than others. If you believe that you may have suffered any type of lung injury, it is crucial that you seek immediate medical attention.
Intensive Care May Be Required: Victims Need Full Financial Compensation
Victims who suffered a collapsed lung must be able to access the full compensation available to them under the law. Negligent parties that cause accidents must be held responsible for their careless or reckless conduct. In some cases, injured victims will require extensive medical treatment to deal with their lung injury. This depends entirely on the severity of the collapsed lung. For moderate injuries, doctors may give a victim supplemental oxygen and order a few weeks of rest. Though, in the most serious of cases, emergency surgery may be required to fix the injury. As with any surgery, there is always the risk of additional complications. At GJEL, our California collapsed lung injury lawyers fight to make sure that our clients can recover the maximum available financial relief. Compensation may be awarded for:
● Emergency medical care;
● Other medical bills;
● Rehabilitative treatment;
● Lost income, including loss of earning potential;
● Pain and suffering;
● Emotional distress;
● Permanent impairment; and
● Reduced quality of life.
Did You Suffer a Collapsed Lung Injury in an Accident?
We can help. At GJEL, our legal team has extensive experience handling collapsed lung injury claims. If you suffered a collapsed lung injury in an accident, please do not hesitate to contact our California personal injury lawyers for a free, no obligation initial consultation. With offices and client meeting locations in more than a dozen cities throughout Northern California, our law firm is ready to provide convenient legal services to you and your family.