My Boyfriend Suffered A Punctured Lung When Another Driver Ran A Red Light And Crashed Into Him. What Are Some Treatment Options For A Punctured Lung, And Should The Other Driver Pay For His Medical Bills?
A: There are many people who have suffered a punctured lung in a South Florida auto accident and have recovered nicely; however, there are those who have also been seriously affected or died as a result of this internal injury.
Doctors have different methods for treating punctured lungs depending on the seriousness of the injury and size of the wound. These treatments can include:
- Waiting – sometimes a small wound may heal on its own
- Catheter Aspiration – a small needle is inserted to remove air from the chest space
- Tube – the tube is similar to the catheter aspiration, but it is attached to a suction device that removes the air slowly over several hours and has antibiotic therapy to prevent infection
- Surgery – if the wound is large, surgery may be needed to repair the lung tissue
A delay in treating a punctured lung can cause complications or severe infection, so make sure to get your boyfriend to the hospital immediately. If your boyfriend is at the hospital now, the doctors will try to make the treatment decision that is right for him.
No matter what type of treatment he has to undergo, it is critical that he holds the careless driver responsible for his injuries, medical bills, ongoing medical care, lost wages and more. Contact a trusted and experienced South Florida personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to discuss your potential case in a free legal consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].