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How do truck accidents result in respiratory injuries?

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A respiratory injury may not be the first type of injury that you think of when you think about truck accidents, but by now you know all too well that a respiratory injury can result from a truck wreck and that it can be very serious.

How Your Breathing May Be Affected by a Truck Crash

Generally, there are two different ways in which you can suffer breathing problems after a truck wreck. You may have breathing or respiratory injuries if:

  • You suffer a lung collapse in the collision. Trauma to the chest can result in a lung collapse, which is also known as pneumothorax. When this happens the lung cannot inflate as it normally does when you breathe. The pressure in your chest can interfere with the blood flow to your heart. In addition to difficulty breathing, you may experience a drop in blood pressure and your organs may be compromised. If you experience pain when breathing, rapid breathing, difficulty speaking, or any other symptoms of a chest or lung trauma, then it is important to get prompt medical attention. Medical treatment, including hospitalization, may be needed to release the pressure in your chest, to allow you to breathe, and to allow blood to flow to your heart. Your recovery may take a long time, depending on the extent of the trauma to the lung.
  • You breathe in hazardous cargo because of the collision. In addition to whatever trauma you suffer because of the collision, any chemicals, poisons, or infectious cargo on a truck could cause you to suffer respiratory complications. The complications may interfere with your ability to breathe and may be medical emergencies.

If you have suffered any breathing problems as a result of a truck wreck then it is important to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. A full investigation needs to be done to determine which parties were at fault for the truck accident injuries that you suffered. Please contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 today for a free consultation today so that you can begin protecting your rights and your potential recovery of medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and other damages now.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham