Automobile Accident Attorneys for Collapsed Lung Injuries in Illinois
A collapsed lung is one type of serious injury that can occur in a car accident. The condition, also called pneumothorax, can be life-threatening if the car accident victim does not receive prompt and appropriate care.
What Causes a Lung to Collapse During an Auto Accident?
A collapsed lung is an injury that occurs when air becomes trapped between your lung and the wall of your chest. The trapped air places a great amount of pressure on the lung, and can cause it to collapse. A collapsed lung will not properly inflate and will not supply oxygen to a person’s body. Often, a person’s whole lung will not collapse. Rather, a portion of it collapses.
Collapsed lungs can occur in vehicle accidents when a driver’s or passenger’s chest is impacted with an object or is forced against a part of the car. For instance, a driver’s chest might be forcefully pushed into the steering wheel during impact. Collapsed lung injuries can also occur if a person is ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
Pedestrians Are Also at Risk For Collapsed Lung Injuries
Pedestrians are at risk for collapsed lung injuries in traffic collisions, as well. If the vehicle runs over or impacts the victim’s chest, or the victim is thrown and lands on his or her chest, a collapsed lung can result. These injuries, regardless of the origin, require immediate medical attention from qualified medical staff or emergency personnel.
If you have been involved in a vehicle accident and suffered a collapsed lung, you might be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver and his or her insurance carrier. You should contact one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers as soon as possible to review your potential claim.
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