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Flail Chest

Ongoing health issues from flail chest can include chronic pain, difficulty breathing, and decreased lung function due to the disruption of normal chest wall movement and potential damage to the lungs. These complications can lead to reduced physical activity and an increased risk of pneumonia or other respiratory infections. In some cases, the misalignment of the rib cage may heal improperly, causing long-term discomfort and limitations in mobility or activity levels.

Xray of flail chest

Helpful Information

Flail chest is a serious medical condition where a segment of the rib cage breaks due to trauma and becomes detached from the rest of the chest wall. This results in the affected area moving independently and in the opposite direction to the rest of the chest during breathing. This paradoxical movement can significantly impair breathing and is often associated with underlying lung injuries. Flail chest requires immediate medical attention to stabilise the breathing and treat any internal injuries. In scenarios where injuries are sustained due to third-party negligence, it may be possible to bring a compensation claim.

What are the most common causes of flail chest?

The most common causes are blunt trauma injuries, often resulting from vehicle accidents, falls from significant heights, or severe blows to the chest during sports or physical assaults. Such high-impact forces are necessary to break multiple ribs in several places, leading to a segment of the rib cage becoming detached and flail. This condition is more likely to occur in situations involving intense physical force or pressure applied to the chest area, making prompt and effective emergency response and treatment critical to mitigate severe complications.

What are the more severe consequences of flail chest?

Severe consequences of flail chest include respiratory failure due to impaired chest wall mechanics and inadequate gas exchange, pneumothorax (collapsed lung), and pulmonary contusions (bruising of lung tissue). These conditions can lead to decreased oxygen levels in the blood, shock, and in severe cases, death. The paradoxical movement of the flail segment can severely hamper breathing efficiency, necessitating mechanical ventilation. Additionally, the risk of developing pneumonia and long-term pulmonary complications is increased.

In what sort of circumstances is it possible to bring a compensation claim following a flail chest injury?

You may have the grounds to bring a compensation claim in circumstances where the injury resulted from someone else’s negligence or wrongful action. This includes car accidents due to reckless driving, workplace incidents where safety regulations were not followed, assaults, and accidents in public places where a duty of care was breached. You will need to prove that the injury was directly caused by the incident and that the other party had a duty to prevent harm. Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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