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A car accident or collision can cause hip or pelvic injuries requiring surgery. A personal injury lawsuit or settlement can provide the necessary funds for optimal recovery.
When one is in a traffic accident, many thoughts immediately come to mind. Am I okay? Is everyone in my vehicle and any other involved vehicles okay? Am I sitting in a safe place? The second thoughts that come to mind may include calling the police or the financial burden just inflicted by vehicle damage.
A traffic accident can be a traumatic event in every way, but unfortunately, the trauma does not always end at the scene. Even when it seems that everyone is in good health, it is important to continue to look for signs of injury during the following days.
An injury may occur in an accident without being immediately recognized, but this type of injury could cause serious problems later if not identified. Pelvic injury is a type of serious injury that is often not immediately noticed.
Although pelvic injuries are generally relatively rare in comparison to the frequency of other injuries, they are fairly common in high-speed traffic accidents. There are three common causes of pelvic injuries in car accidents.
1. The force of the accident itself can often cause pelvic injury from the sudden jerk of the impact, or a part of the vehicle being pushed into the hip area.
2. Seat belts can cause pelvic injury for a similar reason. The seatbelt counteracts the sudden jerk from the force of the accident, but that force must be distributed through the hip and chest areas. Although seat belts are essential and save lives, they cannot prevent all injury, and often pelvic injury is one of the injuries sustained.
3. Airbags can also cause pelvic injury. Similar to the situation with seatbelts, airbags prevent a lot of injuries, but often deploy with great force into the chest and down toward the pelvic area making injury a possibility.
It is important to be informed of common symptoms of pelvic injury so that medical attention can be sought. After a traffic accident, many serious injuries are often ignored by the patient because the patient expects to be sore for a while. Unfortunately, this window of time immediately following an accident is crucial for complete recovery. Waiting can allow injuries to become more permanent or complications to occur.
Common symptoms. The most common symptom of pelvic injury is abdominal pain. However, less obvious symptoms can also be signs. These symptoms include:
If someone experiences any of these symptoms for any reason, medical attention should be sought immediately, but this is especially urgent if the person has been in a recent accident.
At the doctor. The first step the doctor will take in diagnosis is to simply talk. He will need to be given a list of symptoms and will ask questions about recent events. Then, the doctor will begin testing. This is typically a simple x-ray or CT scan. The doctor will be able to evaluate whether there is an injury to the pelvic area, the severity of the injury, and how to treat the injury.
Treatment for pelvic injuries depends largely on the type and severity of the injury. If the injury is stable and not as serious, bedrest and pain relievers may be the only necessary treatment. If the injury is more serious, surgery to stabilize the area may be necessary for complete recovery.
The most severe pelvic injuries will be noticed immediately, but care and treatment are essential for complete recovery from even minor pelvic injuries. It is important to not ignore the symptoms for treatment to be effective.
The prognosis for pelvic injuries depends greatly on the severity of the injury and how well it is treated. The worst-case scenario is to have life-long repercussions that include:
To keep these complications to a minimum, seek medical treatment as quickly as possible. Do not ignore the symptoms.
It is unfortunately difficult to prevent pelvic injury in car accidents due to the position of the seatbelt and location of the airbag deployment. The best option is to never get in an accident in the first place. Here are a few tips to avoid accidents, especially on high-speed roads.
If you or someone you know has suffered a pelvic injury from an accident, call Robinette Legal Group today! Their competent staff is committed to helping you receive the compensation you need to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.
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