Hip Injury From A Work Accident?
Hip injuries are debilitating. Accident victims who fracture a bone or damage other tissue in the hip might lose the ability to walk, which can impede their ability to work and provide for their families. Hip injuries can be very slow to heal, which means pricey medical care and rehabilitation are often necessary.
If you have suffered a hip injury, contact one of our lawyers today for a free consultation. You might be able to receive compensation to cover financial losses.
TYPES OF HIP FRACTURES
The worst hip injuries are usually fractures. When a bone breaks, a person can feel excruciating pain. They might also need to immobilize their hips so that the bones can heal. Doctors will need to order imaging tests to ensure that they have correctly identified the fractured bone, and they could perform surgery, if necessary, to ensure that the fractured bones fuse together properly.
Depending on the fracture, many complications could result, such as interrupted blood flow which can lead to tissue or bone death.
- Femoral Neck Fractures
The femoral neck is located a few inches away from the hip joint. It is also the weakest point in a person’s hip bone, which is why these fractures are very common. If you have suffered a femoral neck fracture, then immediate medical treatment is necessary. Any fracture at the femoral neck promises to restrict blood flow and must be treated to prevent this from happening.
- Intertrochanteric Hip Fracture
This fracture usually happens father away from the hip joint. As a result, it is typically less serious than a femoral neck fracture and will not restrict the flow of blood. Of course, intertrochanteric fractures are serious injuries and quite painful, often requiring extended rehabilitation. About half of all hip fractures caused by falls are of this type.
- Intracapsular Fracture
This fracture occurs within the joint capsule where the ball and socket are located. Obviously, this is a very serious injury, since any damage to either the ball or socket can completely impair a person’s ability to move. Intracapsular fractures are incredibly painful but also, unfortunately, difficult for a doctor to repair.
Treatment for this type of hip fracture is often extended physical therapy following surgery. Patients should remain committed to their rehabilitation, which gives them the best chance at making a recovery.
- Soft Tissue Injuries
Not all hip injuries are fractures. Instead, a person could damage any muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the hip area. Traumatic accidents often cause tears in these tissues, which can become inflamed and lead to swelling and pain. When a tear has been very serious, a patient might need surgery to complement resting, ice, and compression treatment.
COMPLICATIONS FROM HIP INJURIES
The pain and immobility caused by most hip injuries are only some of the complications that victims must struggle with. The unfortunate reality is that many people cannot move and must remain immobile to promote recovery.
Unfortunately, this immobility can bring with it a host of complications, such as:
- Compression sores (called bed sores)
- Blood clots
- Infections, such as urinary tract infections
- Long periods of immobility can lead to weight gain and associated problems, such as high blood pressure.
Many victims will also struggle with depression or other emotional distress as they try to recover, which can put added stress on a victim’s family.
Causes of Hip Injuries
At our firm, we have seen victims suffer a serious hip injury in the following types of accidents:
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Sports injuries
- Dangerous premises cases
- Workplace accidents
- Each case is different. But if another person or entity is responsible for an injury, then under Indiana law they should pay compensation. Meet with a Fort Wayne hip injury attorney to review the circumstances leading up to your accident.
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COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LOSSES
Medical care for hip injuries is expensive. Many victims need multiple surgeries and extended stays in the hospital to treat complications. Even if surgery is uneventful or not even required, extensive rehabilitation is costly, as are prescription painkillers, antidepressants, and other drugs.
Fortunately, a Fort Wayne hip injury lawyer can help accident victims get full and fair compensation for their injuries. Indiana law allows victims to seek “damages,” which are sums of money for certain economic and non-economic losses:
- The cost of medical care, including the cost of an ambulance to the hospital, surgery and after care, rehab, prescription drugs, and other necessary treatments.
- The amount of lost wages or lost income if the accident victim could not return to work after suffering their hip injury.
- Any property damage, such as damage to a car that needs repairing.
- Pain and suffering as a result of the hip injury.
To receive compensation, your attorney must establish liability for the accident. If you were injured in a car accident, then the negligent driver who caused the accident is to blame. If you fell in a public or private building, then the owner or occupier is liable if they failed to take reasonable steps to make the property safe.
Determining what is a fair settlement requires taking a close look at the accident and your bills. Generally, the more serious your hip injury, the more you should qualify for. But the right attorney can make a big difference when negotiating a settlement or filing a lawsuit in court.
WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS & WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS
If you were injured at work, you might qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, which can cover medical care and replace a portion of your wages. However, Indiana law has eliminated the ability of workers to sue their employer even when their employer was negligent.
In some situations, a hip injury might have been caused by a third party. For example, if you travel for work, you might have been involved in a car accident or fallen in a public or private building not owned by your employer. Injured workers can sue third parties when their reckless or negligent conduct contributed to their hip injury. Even better, victims can receive benefits, such as pain and suffering damages, which are unavailable under the workers’ compensation system.
SEEK THE HELP OF A FORT WAYNE HIP INJURY LAWYER
Hips injuries are devastating, and accident victims need an aggressive attorney to look out for them. Please call Delventhal Law Office today. We are pleased to offer a free consultation where we can discuss your case in more detail.
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