Collapsed Lungs

A collapsed lung is an injury that occurs when your lung deflates and is no longer able to expand to inhale oxygen. Also called a pneumothorax, a collapsed lung can be the result of an illness or tissue abnormality, but it is frequently caused by trauma to the chest. This can be due to overly strong airbag deployment in car accident, slips and falls, or even medical mistakes that puncture the lungs.

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we believe that you are entitled to receive financial compensation following an accident caused by another person’s negligence. If you have suffered a pnuemothorax due to another party’s actions, contact a Stevens Point personal injury lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874.

Causes of a Pneumothorax

Your thoracic cavity, or chest cavity, is a small area packed with your lungs, heart, and a portion of your esophagus. The diaphragm is a powerful muscle that separates this cavity from the abdomen. To allow you to breathe, the diaphragm pulls down towards the abdomen, expanding your lungs so that you can inhale. As the diaphragm relaxes, it pushes back up on the thoracic cavity, forcing the carbon dioxide from your lungs.

If a lung is punctured, the air escapes the organ and flows into your chest cavity. This pressure outside the lung prevents it from expanding, which also inhibits you from drawing a breath of oxygen. This collapse is how you develop a pneumothorax.

Symptoms of a Collapsed Lung

Typically, you will notice shortness of breath accompanying a collapsed lung. The level of your inability to breathe corresponds with the severity of the collapse. You may only suffer from a partially collapsed lung, or you can suffer a complete pneumothorax where you cannot draw a breath at all. Other signs of collapsed lungs include:

  • Sudden, sharp chest pain
  • Accelerated heart beat
  • A sensation of tightness in your chest

Sometimes, a collapsed lung can heal on its own. However, you may suffer complications such as inability to close the puncture in your lung, which then requires surgery to seal the wound.

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A collapsed lung is a serious injury that can affect your ability to inhale the oxygen that you need in order for your body to function. A pneumothorax can cause oxygen deprivation as well as other painful symptoms. If your collapsed lung was caused by another’s negligence, contact an experienced Stevens Point personal injury attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today to learn more.