You’re driving your car one day when all of a sudden you hear the sound of screeching tires. In just a matter of seconds, you tense up and brace your hands against the steering wheel anticipating a car crash. Upon impact, your legs and hips absorb the force leaving you in extreme pain. The shock and fear you go through are normal. In fact, the adrenaline is probably flowing throughout your body, which masks the pain in the moment. You may not know it at the time, but you might have just suffered a serious hip injury.
Hip injuries are common injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, especially in older-aged individuals. Mahaney & Pappas, LLP sees these injuries regularly in our office from rear-end collisions and head-on crashes. A hip injury is both painful and devastating and can result in significant medical bills and often limits a person’s ability carry out their daily living activities for months or even longer.
An Overview of the Hip Joint
The hip is a joint where multiple bones meet. The round end of the femur perfectly fits into the concave socket of the pelvis. This type of joint is known as a ball-and-socket. There is also a cushion of cartilage that covers the round femoral end to allow movement and prevent pain. Additionally, there are several ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the hip joint to hold the bones in place.
Though the hip joint is pretty secure, the socket, bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles are all parts of the hips that are at risk of getting injured during a car crash. Some hip injuries suffered after a car accident include a broken hip, bursitis, dislocation, and a labral tear. These types of injuries can cause pain and weakness and more times than not, the person suffers permanent damage to their hip after an injury.
Hip Injuries Commonly Suffered in Auto Accidents
The hip is prone to several types of injuries from auto accidents. The stress and force from a severe motor vehicle accident can injury the healthiest hip joints. The following are descriptions of common hip injuries resulting from car accidents:
- Broken or Fractured Hip: Oftentimes considered the most severe, a broken or fractured hip can result from high speed car accidents. Broken hips are more common among older individuals, but a serious, violent car accident can break a hip in any aged individual.
- Bursitis: Bursitis is swelling and inflammation of the cartilage and tendon around the femoral bone. Bursitis causes pain and aching in the hip joint and on the outside of the thigh. Walking or any activity can easily aggravate this type of injury.
- Dislocation: A dislocation is when the femoral bone detaches from the hip joint, leaving the person unable to move their leg. A hip dislocation often subsequently injures the surrounding ligaments, as well.
- Labral Tear: A labral tear of the hip is damage to the cartilage that covers the concave socket of the pelvis.
There are many treatment options for hip injuries that range from physical therapy to surgical intervention or hip replacements.
Get Help After Suffering a Hip Injury in a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you were in a car accident and suffered a hip injury, you should first get medical attention. After receiving medical treatment, seeking legal help is just as important. In some situations, relating your hip injury to you accident can be extremely difficult. Insurance companies often try to argue that hip injuries may have been a pre-existing injury, a degenerative condition or wear and tear to try and claim that it was not caused by the car accident. While it is true that wear and tear can result in hip issues, the impact from a serious car accident can cause serioius injuries. For these reasons, it is critical to consult with an experienced lawyer that specializes in car accident cases before you speak with the insurance company.
Compensation for accident victims who suffer serious hip injuries can be significant, provided the bodily injury policy limits are enough. This is because medical bills are often high for the treatment of serious hip injuries, lost wages can accrue over long periods of time when the accident victim is unable to work due to the injury, and hip injuries usually result in significant pain and suffering. Furthermore, serious hip injuries can result in permanent or partial disability.
Know Your Rights After Being Injured In A Motor Vehicle Accident
Chuck Pappas and Joe Mahaney are experienced car accident lawyers who specialize in representing accident victims in Massachusetts get the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car crash, please contact us online or call (508) 879-3500 for a free meeting to discuss your claim. We would be happy to speak with you and inform you of your rights after being injured in a motor vehicle accident.