Injuries sustained in a slip and fall can be both painful and debilitating. One of the most common slip and fall injuries is a broken hip. Such a serious injury can cause lasting issues for a person as well as lead to substantial amounts of medical bills and costs associated with recovery. Here, we will go into more detail about hip-related slip and fall injuries and the treatment you may need should you sustain a broken hip in a slip and fall accident.
Slip and Fall Broken Hip Treatment
Due to the fact that the hip is one of the widest parts of your body as well as the likelihood that your hip will bear the brunt of the impact, hip damage is among the most common type of injury sustained in a slip and fall. More mild hip injuries may only lead to bruising of the hip area. In more severe cases, there may be strains, sprains, and tears associated with the hip injury. In a slip and fall, the ligaments or the tendons and muscles surrounding the hip area could be strained, sprained, or torn due to the impact of the slip and fall. Such an injury could cause a person to experience pain and weakness in the hip area, as well as swelling.
A slip and fall hip injury that is also quite common is the dislocation of the ball at the top of the femur. The ball slips out of the socket leading to dislocation. This can not only cause a person to experience extreme pain but will also prevent the injury victim from being able to even move his or her leg. Should the injury lead to nerve damage in the surrounding area, the injury victim may also lose feeling in the ankle and foot as well.
When a hip is fractured in a slip and fall, it may be a partial or complete fracture and it may be a fracture of the femur or the thigh bone. A fracture in the femur, a femoral neck fracture, is considered to be extremely dangerous as it is a break one to two inches away from the hip joint and can result in blood supply to the femur head being cut off. Alternately, an intertrochanteric hip fracture occurs three to four inches away from the hip joint and is considered less dangerous as the blood supply to the femur head is not at risk of being cut off. In either of these types of hip fractures, the injury victim can experience extreme pain. Other common symptoms include swelling, numbness, or tingling. It is also likely that the person will have difficulty moving the hip and the leg.
Treatment for a broken hip is likely to be intensive and extensive. The hip plays a critical role in mobility and a broken hip can all too easily immobilize a person. The vast majority of broken hips will require some kind of surgery. Most commonly, the surgery will require the installation of hardware such as metal plates and screws to hold the fractured bone in place. Additionally, recovery from a broken hip is likely to involve an extensive rehabilitation process, including a prolonged period of physical therapy
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If you have sustained a broken hip in a slip and fall accident, you will likely require expensive medical care and follow up treatment. If your accident was the result of property owner negligence, you may be able to recover compensation to help you cover the costs associated with your injuries. Compass Law Group is here to provide you with dedicated legal counsel throughout the personal injury claims process. Contact us today.