Obtaining Compensation For Hip Fracture Injuries in California
What is a Hip Fracture?A break or fracture in the pelvis, hip joint or neck of the femur is referred to as a hip fracture, pelvis fracture or acetabular fracture. In elderly individuals with bones weakened from osteoporosis, a minor, low-impact fall can cause a hip fracture or femoral neck fracture. In adults with healthy bones, motor vehicle accidents, including auto accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents and pedestrian accidents are some of the most frequent causes of hip fractures. Although seatbelts and airbags play an important role in reducing head, neck and upper extremity injuries, they do little to prevent lower extremity injuries, such as knee fractures, femur fractures and hip fractures.
Hip Fracture Diagnosis and TreatmentHip fractures and pelvic fractures are typically diagnosed with a physical examination, x-ray and CT scan. Because the pelvis and abdomen house so many essential organs, there is the concern of internal bleeding and organ damage with any fracture. Most pelvic and femoral neck fractures require surgical reconstruction. Recovery and rehabilitation may take months or even years, and more than 25% of people over 50 who suffer hip fractures die within 12 months. In older individuals, medical complications such as pneumonia or pressure sores may occur due to extended bed rest, which may be fatal.
Obtaining Compensation For Your Injuries and TreatmentA hip fracture is a life changing injury, and medical care for a hip fracture patient can be financially debilitating. If you or someone you love suffered a hip fracture in an accident that was due to someone else's negligent or reckless actions, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including money for medical care, lost earnings and pain and suffering. Whether you or a loved one suffered a hip fracture in an auto accident, slip and fall accident, or due to negligent supervision at a nursing home or residential care facility, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is important to understand your legal rights. Talk to an experienced California personal injury attorney with experience handling bone fracture cases - most offer a free consultation.