Hip Fracture from Car Accident: Chicago, Illinois
Hip fractures are challenging auto accident injuries that often take months to recover fully. The rehabilitation process is often long and painful.
In some cases, the victims must receive replacement hip implants when other treatment measures were not as effective as doctors hoped. These implants might help victims recover their mobility but come with the risk of complications and the need for expensive procedures and ongoing care.
An Illinois Vehicle Accident Hip Fracture Attorney Can Help
The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent the interests and needs of car, truck, and motorcycle victims and make every attempt to ensure that they receive the financial compensation and access to the quality medical care they need to move forward with their lives.
Causes of Hip Fractures in Auto Collisions
Auto accidents can cause a tremendous force on the head, torso, or pelvis, causing severe injury and death. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers specialize in representing clients who have suffered severe injuries in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.
Fractures occur in car accidents from the exertion of pressure and force on the human body. Human bones have the strength to support the body.
However, a crash's excessive force can make bones break or shatter. Severe hip fractures can result from the following.
- T-bone collisions at intersections — A blindsided collision from the side places the hips in the path of devastation. The side impact forces during an accident can dislocate or fracture the joint or long bones.
- Motorcycle accidents — Motorcyclists place themselves at the risk of suffering numerous catastrophic injuries when traveling on urban/rural roads and highways. The biker's hips are especially vulnerable when contacting another vehicle in an accident or road debris when thrown from the bike. Getting a leg caught between two objects moving in opposing directions might also injure the hip.
- Truck accidents — Operating a large commercial vehicle irresponsibly can result in incredible devastation. Lacerations, broken bones, and internal injuries are all possible when a truck crushes a vehicle and occupants beneath its weight. Victims might suffer fractured hips in addition to numerous other injuries.
- Rollover accidents — The vehicle's occupants involved in a rollover could be at risk of colliding with objects attacking from all directions. Occupants not buckled in properly might be ejected from the vehicle or strike the dashboard, steering wheel, or front seat's back. Their hips might also fracture when the side of the vehicle impacts the ground during the rollover.
- Bicycle Crashes - The lack of any protective equipment makes bicyclists particularly susceptible to orthopedic injuries from all types of impacts, including vehicles merging into cyclists.
- Head-on car crashes – A "frontal" collision can cause severe injury or fatalities, especially to the driver and passenger in the front seat. Many head-on collisions are the result of a power steering outage or mechanical braking failure.
Complications Caused by Hip Injury
The hip is a load-bearing joint that carries the upper body's weight and allows us to move our upper legs. When victims suffer hip injuries, their mobility is severely inhibited, and placing any weight on the joint can result in excruciating pain.
The symptoms and complications that accompany hip injuries suffered in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents include the following.
- The inability to place weight on one leg – Victims might struggle to move the affected leg naturally when excruciating pain is accompanied by stiffness and swelling.
- The shortening of one leg – A fractured or dislocated hip could cause one leg to be longer than the other. It is difficult for the victim to recover their mobility, and surgery might be required to restore the legs to an equal length.
- Damage to blood vessels and muscles – A hip dislocation or fracture can threaten the tendons and ligaments supporting the joint. These injuries could cause tissue and nerve damage making a recovery more challenging. Significant nerve damage could impact mobility permanently.
- Severe pain following the injury and during recovery – Hip fractures elevate the risk of recurring pain where victims might require medication to manage their pain. Victims will experience hip injury pain and possibly arthritic pain and nerve pain caused by a broken hip joint.
Our Chicago auto injury attorneys understand the physical and emotional turmoil that accident victims must endure when recovering from hip injuries. Treatment options tend to be cost-prohibitive, and no value placed on a victim's pain and suffering ever feels adequate.
That is why our attorneys always seek the maximum amount of compensation the law allows on behalf of our clients. Adequate compensation can recover the cost of their medical care, recoup their lost wages, and provide additional financial compensation to pay for out of pocket costs along with pain and suffering.
Diagnosing and Treating Hip Fractures
Older adults suffering from a hip fracture must seek immediate medical attention to ensure they receive treatment for their medical condition. A diagnostician will evaluate the femur's stability, hip socket, acetabulum, femoral head, and thighbone.
The diagnosis using a CT scan or x-ray might help provide the best medical treatment and physical therapy to restore a damaged hip bone. Some diagnoses involve:
- Acetabular fracture
- Femur fracture
- Intertrochanteric fracture
- Hip pain
- Blood clot
The doctor might recommend minor surgery, physical therapy, ongoing treatment, medications, or total hip replacement to fix or manage common injuries associated with hips.
Hip Fracture Injury FAQs
Can You Still Walk With a Fractured Hip?
Many younger adults and older seniors with fractured hips can walk without assistance. However, even the slightest damage to the hip might cause dull aching pain in the back, groin, thighs, buttocks, or hips.
Only a doctor with the best diagnostic tools can accurately diagnose a broken or fractured hip and provide different therapies to heal the area. Surgical procedures might be available, including a partial or total hip replacement if the femoral head has been damaged.
How Long Does a Fractured Hip Take to Heal?
Healthy individuals with a fractured hip cannot return to an active lifestyle between one month and four months after a surgical repair procedure. It often takes six months or more to recover from a partial or total hip replacement fully.
Older adults often experience a significant decline in their ability to move around like before once they have healed, especially those who have an unhealthy lifestyle.
What Bone is Fractured in a Broken Hip?
Most individuals with a broken hip fractured the femoral head, the upper femur bone, or the thighbone. Some fractured hips often result in ball-and-socket joint damage where the curved acetabulum socket has broken from a fall, car accident, or another forceful impact.
How Painful is a Fractured Hip?
Fractured hips are acute injuries that often produce severe pain that keeps the patient from walking, sitting, or standing. Broken hips often place patients at significant risk to declining health and well-being if they develop muscle weakness, blood clots, or pneumonia.
In some cases, a fractured hip can be a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention and likely surgical repair or replacement.
Can Fractured Hips Heal on Their own?
The doctor might choose not to surgically repair the fractured hip based on the patient's current medical condition with a compromised prognosis. Less severe fractured hips might not need surgical treatment to heal.
In some cases, the impact of a fall or accident might have broken the bone that can heal naturally without surgical repair or treatment assistance.
How do You Know if a Hip Injury is Serious?
Not all hip injuries are apparent when they occur. However, the common experiences associated with people who have injured the hip include a crackling sound upon impact or fall, followed by sharp, intense pain.
Other symptoms might include limping, swelling at the injury site, warmth when touched, hip area deformity, discomfort moving the hip, legs, knees, and the inability to stand, walk or sit without support.
Does a Hairline Hip Fracture Require Surgery?
A broken hip often involves a femur fracture at the point where the femoral ball fits snugly in the hip joint socket. These types of fractures usually require a surgical procedure.
However, a stress fracture (tiny hairline fracture) might heal independently without any surgical intervention. Only a doctor with years of experience diagnosing a hip fracture severity can decide whether a surgical procedure is warranted.
Sample Hip Injury Settlements & Verdicts Related to Illinois Motor Vehicle Accidents
$775,000 Settlement; Chicago, Illinois; 2020:
A man in his late forties was driving on Southwest Highway in Chicago. A tow truck veered over the median and slammed into his passenger vehicle head-on. He injured his hip. It was dislocated, displaced, and broken. The man also reaggravated a herniated disc.
Healthcare providers charged him nearly a quarter million dollars in medical expenses. He also had to miss work for a substantial time and that totaled a twenty-eight-thousand-dollar loss as well. He sued the towing company and the trucking company.
They each filed brief demurs. However, these refutations did not stop settlement. The parties settled the matter for $775,000-$665,000 of that came from the towing company and the rest came from the truck company.
$1,100,000 Settlement; Rockford, Illinois; 2015:
Here, a man T-boned an elderly woman in Rockford, Illinois near the corner of College Avenue and Third Street. The woman was seventy-nine years old. The man was driving a pickup truck and had attempted to back out of another road when he collided into her motor vehicle.
The woman sustained several critical injuries including a broken hip, traumatic brain injury (concussion), and lacerated organs. She also incurred around three quarters of a million dollars in medical expenses. Responsibility for the matter was clear. It was his fault.
The only question that remained was the extent of the woman’s damages and corresponding claim for financial compensation. That was left for the man’s insurance company-Progressive- and the woman to hash out. They eventually settled on $1.1 million as an appropriate sum for settlement.
$3,000,000 Settlement; Will County, Illinois; 2011:
Two people were careening around in a Ferrari at very high speeds when the driver lost control of the motor vehicle and crashed into a tree. That man died. The passenger sustained serious injuries.
He fractured numerous bones including the hip, arm, and ribs. After spending a lot of time in hospitals, rehab facilities, and other places, he accumulated $450,000 in medical expenses. The man decided to bring a claim against the deceased driver.
He argued that the man should have operated his vehicle in a more safe and reasonable fashion; further, he complained that the driver’s reckless behavior was the sole and proximate cause of his injuries and losses. This fact was inarguable and made trial gratuitous.
The man eventually settled with the defendant’s insurance company, Travelers, for a reported $3 million. This represented a substantial sum but fairly compensated him for his tremendous losses including pain, bills, and disability.
$2,600,000 Settlement; Naperville, Illinois; 2018:
This motor vehicle accident occurred near downtown Naperville, Illinois close to the corer of Chicago Avenue and Naper Boulevard. The plaintiff, a young man in his late twenties, was driving through the intersection when a passenger car abruptly turned left into his lane.
There was not enough time to avoid a collision and the man slammed right into the car. The young man broke his hip bone as well as a bone in his foot. He suffered other serious personal injuries and needed multiple surgeries and long-term rehabilitative care totaling around $550,000 in medical expenses.
Eventually, he could go back to work but still suffered from pain and suffering due to the crash. To make up for that, he brought this cause of action. The defendant initially balked at any payment but the man’s insurance company took over negotiations. The two sides were able to arrange a settlement for $2.6 million.
$2,100,000 Settlement; Naperville, Illinois; 2009:
This horrendous accident started ignominiously when a young man sped over ninety miles per hour in a BMW. At some point, he lost control of his car and ran into another motor vehicle.
The plaintiff, a young passenger in the first driver’s car, suffered several injuries including a broken hip and spinal damage. He need hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care and missed so work that it cost him almost $100,000. He sued the man responsible for the incident.
The insurance company immediately took over settlement discussions and eventually gave the victim $2.1 million in financial compensation for his immense pain and damages.
Hiring a Car Accident Hip Fracture Attorney
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