Author Question: My MC, a 17 year old female, is beaten up by her father. He was drunk, angry, so backhanded her across the face, which knocked her into a bookcase. Then while she was on the floor he kicked her repeatedly with sharp-toed cowboy boots, though runs out of steam fairly quickly and goes off to his bedroom. (She managed to curl herself into a ball to protect her internal organs.)
These are a "good" array of injuries that would be plausible as a result of this type of beating. However, you can't have a punctured lung without some amount of air getting out. It may be a small amount that would not require chest tube placement but there would likely be some if the lung were "punctured". That's likely the only way the medical team would know the lung was punctured was by evidence of air on the chest film. So, it might be easier to just go with cracked ribs.
Question: What would be the ER procedure when she is brought in by her best friend's family? It's a very small-town medical center that barely qualifies as a hospital. When she's brought in the staff is already busy on a multiple-patient car accident. Would it be plausible for the ER team to keep her waiting for a while after they take her back to an exam bay? Or would they worry about internal injuries and get her x-rayed right away? (As I said, it's small-town, so goof-ups are possible.)
A sling to her arm as noted above.