According to the National Institutes of Health, a broken hip or pelvis may:
- Be the result of a high-impact collision or accident
- Be more likely to occur in the elderly or adolescents
- May occur because of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, especially if the person who sustains the injury is of an advanced age
If you or a loved one has suffered a hip or pelvic injury, including a fracture of either area, then you may want to consider whether the person who caused the injury or allowed the injury to happen was negligent.
If you would like to learn more about how a Los Angeles broken hips or pelvis lawyer may be able to assist you, or you would like to initiate a lawsuit, call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444.
The Critical Importance of the Hip and Pelvis
You cannot discuss the issue of broken hips or a broken pelvis in-depth without mentioning that the elderly population may be at a heightened risk of both injuries. Both the hip and pelvis play a critical function in human health and fracturing either could be a fatal injury for an older individual.
According to MedlinePlus, your hip:
- Is the joint where your (femur) thigh bone connects to your hip bone, which is also known as the pelvis
- Allows you to move your lower extremities (legs)
- Is generally difficult to injure when healthy, but could become less healthy with age, overuse, or due to certain diseases or medical conditions such as osteoarthritis
Some of the injuries that can affect the hip include:
- Dislocation of the hip joint
- Fracture of the hip
- Hip strain
According to Cedars-Sinai, the pelvis plays a critical role in our physical movements and overall health. The pelvis:
- Is a group of bones that join together at the bottom of your spine and connect to your leg bones at the hip joint
- Contains critical ligaments and bones that band together to form a vitally important part of your body
- Protects critical organs such as your bladder and intestines
- May be life-threatening if it becomes fractured in a severe way
The pelvis and hips are vitally important for our ability to move and moving is in turn vital to maintaining overall physical and mental wellness. Fractures to these bones can prove life threatening for a variety of reasons, and the elderly are among the most at-risk for suffering pelvic or hip fractures.
Examining the Risk of Broken a Broke Hip or Pelvis in the Elderly
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 300,000 people suffer hip injuries every year, with the majority of hip fractures in the elderly caused by falls. The National Institutes of Health adds that 73% percent of pelvic injuries, including 33% of all fractures, affect the elderly.
There may be several reasons for a disproportionate number of pelvic and hip fractures in the elderly, including:
- Generally weaker bones and joints, which may lose their strength over time
- Worse balance
- Worse vision
- A higher susceptibility to develop conditions that may weaken bones and joints, such as osteoarthritis
Pelvic or hip injuries may also be more difficult to recover from for elderly patients. This may be true because:
- The elderly may have less ability to regenerate tissue and regrow bone.
- The elderly could be susceptible to infection, in part because of a longer recovery time.
- Restriction to bed generally required for recovery from hip and pelvic injuries could have a significant negative effect on their mental health, and by extension their ability to fully recover.
Because of these known risks to the elderly, caregivers for the elderly in nursing homes and other settings must take special care to prevent falls that may lead to hip or pelvic fractures.
If you or your loved one suffered a hip or pelvic injury and you believe that somebody directly caused or failed to prevent the injury and were negligent, then you may be able to collect compensation through a lawsuit. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to find out how a Los Angeles broken hips or pelvis lawyer may assist you or your loved one in a case for compensation.
Several Scenarios May Warrant a Broken Pelvis or Hip Lawsuit
It is not only the elderly who may suffer a broken hip or pelvis. You could be young and otherwise healthy and suffer a broken hip or pelvis due to:
- A motor vehicle collision
- A sports accident
- A workplace accident
- A slip and fall injury
- A number of other circumstances
If you believe that somebody created conditions that caused your broken hip or pelvis, or a loved one’s injuries, and you would like to hold that person responsible, you may have a case for a personal injury lawsuit.
How a Lawyer Could Help You Seek Compensation
If you do not want to pursue compensation on your own, you may choose to hire a lawyer to represent you. If so, a lawyer may:
- Handle all of the paperwork, legal correspondence, and negotiations that may be necessary to complete your lawsuit
- Collect evidence pertaining to your case
- Employ any experts whose testimony may be helpful to your lawsuit
- Calculate the compensation that you should be entitled to and conduct all negotiations and jury requests with this figure in mind
- Defend your rights
A Los Angeles broken hips or pelvis lawyer will attempt to win or negotiate compensation that covers some or all of your losses from a broken hip or pelvis.
For a free legal consultation with a broken hips or pelvis injuries lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm does not shy away from the tough cases. We can seek the compensation that you may be entitled to receive for losses and damages caused by your slip and fall injury. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation.
Our Los Angeles broken hips or pelvis lawyers charge nothing up front, and we will only collect a fee from any settlement or judgement that we secure for you or your loved one.