The lungs are fragile, and when you suffer a lung injury–whether it be a punctured lung, a collapsed lung, a chemical burn injury, or a smoke inhalation injury–the physical damage to your lungs may be severe. But it would be an error to think that the physical damage to the lungs is the only injury you need to worry about. This would be an error because lung injuries often have serious second-order and third-order effects.
Second-order effects include, as a result of not being able to breathe well, lower physical activity level (e.g., difficulty with using the telephone, shopping, preparing meals, doing housework, laundering clothes, transportation, taking medications, and managing money). And, according to researchers, lower amounts of physical activity can lead to symptoms of depression. Researchers have noted that depressive symptoms are relatively persistent in victims of acute lung injury.
Further, noting a third-order effect, the researchers noted that depressive symptoms themselves pose a risk for subsequent impairment in physical function.
It is often, and certainly in the case of lung injury victims, a mistake to assume that the physical damage initially incurred from an accident is the only injury that will result. Injuries, like acute lung injuries, often have knock-on effects, and a acute lung injury can have lasting consequences, holding a victim back for years.
To overcome a severe lung injury, a victim needs the financial resources to get proper medical care–resources which might be gained by way of suing the party responsible for the injury.
If you have suffered a lung injury in auto accident in Maryland, I recognize that you may have questions about your legal options. Well, if you have not yet started a lawsuit and are contemplating bringing one, I encourage you to contact me today. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.