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Serious car accidents happen every day in Ohio, and when people think of car accident injuries, damage to the head or extremities often comes to mind. However, physical damage can happen anywhere, and hip injuries are also prevalent. If you suffered serious hip damage, you may experience terrible pain and limited mobility for a long time or even for the rest of your life. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our serious injury lawyers have seen how hip injuries in Ohio car accidents impact peoples’ lives and we understand how essential it is to recover much-needed compensation.
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 contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible since Ohio’s statute of limitations law does not let you seek damages for a physical injury once two years have passed. A skilled lawyer will have to investigate every detail to make sure that you can recover all the financial help you need to get better.
The Ohio car accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have represented many clients severely injured by the careless or negligent actions of others. A hip injury can significantly impact your life, and you need experienced legal help to obtain what you need.
Hip Fracture Or Break
It takes a lot of force to fracture or even 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. A wreck 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:
- Reconstructive procedures – This invasive approach is for serious fractures or complete breaks. It can involve the insertions of metal plates, screws, rods, or replacement hip parts.
- Non-surgical options – In less severe fractures, it may not be necessary to undergo invasive surgery. Physical therapy along with prescription drugs can be part of a healing process that takes months.
Hip Muscle Sprain Or Strain
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 will always require resting your hip for a certain amount of time. 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:
- Pain medication
- Steroid and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical therapy
- Reduced activity for a certain period
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 your 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. A dislocated hip can be put back into place by emergency medical professionals, 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 come into contact with 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.
KNR Ohio Attorneys Can Help with Hip Injuries after a Car Accident
Being in a serious car accident can affect virtually every aspect of your life. If you suffer from a serious hip injury, you can be subjected to prolonged pain and reduced mobility. Many victims of car accidents find it difficult to get back to the normal life they once enjoyed. 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 of 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. We have 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 to not delay in calling a lawyer after injuring your hip in a car wreck.
Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick to speak with an experienced Ohio personal 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 in Ohio car accidents, and we know what it takes to get what you need to recover.