Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Thousands of car accidents happen every year, and many of them cause injuries to the drivers and passengers involved. While some injuries are apparent, others do not always manifest immediately when a crash happens.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, injuries to the lower half of the body account for about one-third of crash injuries. Crash-related hip injuries are not always as obvious, but the hips are a major load-bearing joint in the body, impacting your overall health and mobility.
If you’re experiencing hip pain after a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any related damages.
Long-Term Complications of Hip Injuries after a Car Accident
While a broken or dislocated hip can heal with time, long-term complications may present themselves. Typically, the most common type of long-term hip injury is traumatic arthritis. In some cases, traumatic arthritis can lead to excruciating hip pain and lack of function, resulting in the need for total hip replacement surgery.
Hip problems might affect mobility for some patients. Those problems can affect the ability to perform specific jobs – especially those requiring a great deal of standing and walking – and may require physical therapy. These costs and losses can accumulate quickly, and victims of car accidents that cause hip pain may pursue damages from the liable party.
Common Car Accident-Related Hip Injuries
Car crashes can cause various hip injuries, ranging from nuisances to life-altering. Some may merely take time to heal, while others require serious physical therapy or surgery. Symptoms of hip injuries can be felt in the thigh, groin, hip joint, buttocks, back, and legs. If you experience a loss of movement, limping, swelling, tenderness, or difficulty moving, you could have an injury.
Keep an eye out for these injuries after a car crash:
- Acetabular Fracture<: a break in the bone of the hip socket; it’s a severe injury requiring immediate medical attention by a specialist.
- Bursitis is the painful inflammation of the bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between the hip and pelvis. Symptoms of bursitis also include swelling, tenderness, or loss of movement.
- Hip Fracture: often called a broken hip, a fracture results when the hip sustains a significant level of trauma, like the impact of the knees hitting the car’s dashboard in a crash. The hipbone has three sections, and a fracture can occur in any part, depending on the angle and force of the trauma.
- Hip Dislocation: when the ball of the hip bone leaves the socket, it becomes dislocated. This kind of injury requires immediate medical care.
- Tendonitis: Tendonitis usually happens due to repetitive motion or if the hip is used too much, but it can also occur after a sudden injury. This injury affects the tissue connecting the muscle to the hip bone. Anyone affected may experience pain and loss of motion.
Types of Treatments for Damaged Hips
Just as each crash and its circumstances are unique, so are the treatments and recovery periods for hip injuries. You may require surgery to replace your hip, neurological treatment, or exercise therapy. Your treatment costs, plus any future medical costs, could be paid with money through an insurance claim or settlement.
Who’s Liable for Your Hip Injury after a Car Accident?
If your accident resulted from someone else’s negligent actions, that party might be liable for your hip injury.
According to Ohio Revised Code, negligence occurs when someone acts outside of what would be considered normal or reasonable behavior and someone else was injured or killed.
For instance, someone is negligent if they drive through an intersection without stopping for the red light and strike another vehicle. It would be assumed a typical driver would stop and obey traffic signals. If negligent behavior can be proven, the driver can be held responsible for the crash and ordered to pay for damages and medical expenses the crash created.
If you are in a crash and the other driver is liable, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses to treat your hip injury and any pain that results
- Future medical expenses to provide care
- Any lost wages related to the recovery period
- Loss of earning capacity related to poor mobility from the hip injury
- Pain and suffering
Speak with a Car Accident Attorney at Kisling, Nestico & Redick Today
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, sustained a hip injury, or are experiencing hip pain, speak with a personal injury attorney today. An attorney helps you prove the accident caused your hip injury and that the other driver’s negligent actions were the cause of the accident.