Should I See a Chiropractor after a Car Accident?
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When people think of serious accidents, such as car accidents, damage to the head or extremities often comes to mind. However, hip injuries are also prevalent.
If you suffered serious hip damage, you may experience pain and limited mobility for a long time. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our serious injury lawyers have seen how hip injuries impact peoples’ lives, and we understand how essential it is to recover compensation.
It takes a lot of force to fracture or break your hip bone. This can result from either the direct impact of your hip with the side of your car during a crash or when your legs are jammed into your hip if your knees are pushed against the dashboard or car seat in front of you.
An accident that fractures your hip can leave you completely incapacitated. These painful injuries not only take a long time to heal, but your hip may never fully return to its previous condition. Hip injuries can be made worse simply by walking or even sitting in an upright position in the weeks and months after your accident.
Your medical treatment after a fractured or broken hip will take one of the following paths:
Your hips are surrounded by numerous muscles and ligaments that connect to your legs and torso, and they can also be injured in a serious car accident. A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of ligaments that connect two different bones, and a strain is the overstretching or tearing of muscles or tendons that are connected to adjacent bones.
These injuries will include swelling and pain around the affected area, and they can get worse over time if not properly addressed. Other symptoms include limited flexibility and being unable to execute the full range of motions of the damaged joint.
Unfortunately, with a hip sprain or strain, getting better requires resting your hip. This means remaining seated or even in bed for days or weeks, and this recovery process obviously has a huge impact on the lives and professions of hip injury victims.
Other than rest, treatments you may need for a hip sprain or strain can include:
A car accident can sometimes cause your hip to be dislocated by being forced out of position. This painful injury is immediately evident to the victim, and you may be completely unable to walk. Being immobile due to a hip dislocation can put you at greater risk of other injuries since you will not be able to easily move to a safe location in the immediate aftermath of your car accident.
Emergency medical professionals can put a dislocated hip back into place, but it may also cause other medical issues. If a strong enough impact causes your dislocation, it’s possible that it can rupture or overextend the muscles or tendons in your hip.
A strong shock to your hip can cause swelling and inflammation in the fluid-filled membranes that surround your hip joints. These fluid-filled sacs are called bursae and are meant to cushion your hip joints and protect them from wear and tear sustained by normal use.
Bursitis is the damage that can happen to bursae in a serious impact injury, and this can cause a lot of pain when your tendons encounter swollen and inflamed bursae as you perform normal movements.
Bursitis can generally heal with rest. However, this can require bed rest, the use of a wheelchair, or crutches, which can greatly alter your life, even temporarily.
When an accident exerts too strong or too sudden of a force on the hip joint or pelvic region, a hip injury can result. Some hip injuries are easier to heal than others, while others are more significant, requiring intensive treatment and a longer recovery time.
Here are some of the common accident types that cause hip injuries:
Depending on the severity and other factors involved in your hip injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. This could be the difference in recouping the wages you lost, getting the medical care or rehab you need, and putting your life back together.
If you or a loved one suffered a hip injury because of another’s negligent or careless act, you could pursue an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Whether you hurt your hip in a car accident, a fall, or after a defective hip replacement was used, you may be entitled to your:
Hip injuries often result in ongoing medical issues throughout a person’s life. This can include chronic pain and reduced mobility. If you suffered a significant hip injury in a car wreck or any other accident, you might not be able to return to work for weeks or months. It’s important to consider all your losses and ensure any settlement or award properly compensates you.
Determining liability for a broken or sprained hip can be complicated, and a lot depends on the circumstances. For instance, you may be able to recoup some losses through worker’s compensation if your hip injury happened at work. However, you may have other expenses and options when negligence is involved.
For instance, if you suffered a broken hip in a slip and fall at the grocery store, you may be able to hold the business or their insurance liable.
Even simple acts like walking or standing can be very painful or impossible after a hip injury. Furthermore, long-term hip damage can include tendonitis, arthritis, and worsened osteoporosis. Your lawyer must be able to fully determine all the physical consequences stemming from your accident if you are going to recover the accurate amount of compensation you will need.
KNR has helped many accident victims, and we know that recovering damages will require us to demonstrate how the other party acted negligently and how this caused the accident that directly resulted in your injuries. We have decades of experience reconstructing accidents and presenting complicated medical evidence.
At KNR our attorneys will:
KNR Has been successfully negotiating with insurance companies and taking our clients’ cases to court for years and can handle every aspect of your case from start to finish. However, given Ohio’s two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, it’s important not to delay in calling a lawyer after injuring your hip.
Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick to speak with an experienced Ohio injury lawyer if you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident caused by the careless actions of another. We have seen many types of hip injuries, and we know what it takes to get what you need to recover.