Hip injuries can be debilitating and painful, especially if you’ve fractured or dislocated your hip instead of only straining it. For many, these kinds of injuries can result in chronic pain, reducing quality of life and making it challenging to perform daily activities.
If you’ve sustained a hip injury in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain & suffering. You can recover money for the pain and trauma you have experienced due to the hip injury, your medical bills, and even lost wages if your hip injury kept you from work.
For help filing a claim and recovering the compensation you need, get in touch with our team at Crossen Law Firm. Our experienced Indianapolis car accident lawyers know what it takes to ensure you are awarded the fair settlement you deserve for your hip injury.
What Causes Hip Injuries?
Hip injuries can occur in any number of situations. The hips comprise numerous bones, joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments, all of which can become damaged in various ways. Elderly individuals are especially prone to hip injuries, like hip fractures, but anyone can injure their hip under the right circumstances.
With personal injury cases for hip injuries, some of the most common causes we see include:
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Nursing home incidents
What is the Most Common Hip Injury From Car Accidents?
In car accidents, hip injuries are common, especially for drivers, as they are more prone to lower body injuries due to their proximity to the front console. With head-on collisions, for example, the front of the car can end up severely damaged, which can cause the lower body of the driver or anyone in the front seat to get crushed under the front console of the vehicle.
The specific type of hip injury, however, can vary depending on the person who was injured and the severity of the accident. Broken hips or hip fractures are much more common in severe car accidents with significant damage. But other common hip injuries from car accidents can include:
- Strains and sprains
- Labral tears
- Nerve damage
If the hip is broken, different parts of the bone could also be affected. There are extracapsular fractures, which occur outside the hip joint capsule, intracapsular fractures, which occur at the top of the femur, subcapital fractures, which occur at the “head” and “neck” of the femur, and subtrochanteric fractures, which occur within the shaft of the femur.
What to Do If You Experience Chronic Hip Pain After a Car Accident
When you are involved in a car accident, you should always get checked out by a doctor after, even if you do not notice any injuries or symptoms right away. Your health and well-being should always be your number one priority. Furthermore, if you need to file a personal injury claim for compensation, medical evidence that proves you were injured and sought treatment will help you win your case.
If you do not go to the doctor immediately after the accident but eventually start experiencing chronic hip pain, get to the doctor as soon as possible. There is a time limit for when you can file a claim to recover compensation for your injuries, so the sooner you seek medical attention, the better.
In Indiana, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident. However, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to obtain evidence to support your case. So in most situations, it’s best if you seek medical care even before you start experiencing chronic hip pain.
Average Compensation for Hip Injury
Every personal injury claim and car accident case is unique. As such, there isn’t an average for a hip injury car accident settlement. The amount a person is awarded can vary as many factors can contribute to the damages a person is owed.
Such factors or damages that can play a role in how much a broken hip injury settlement is worth can include:
- The severity of the injury
- Who was at fault for the accident
- Insurance policy limits
- The total cost of medical treatments
- Income or wages that were lost as a result of the injury
- How much pain and suffering the victim experienced
- Mental or emotional trauma experienced by the victim
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
Working with an attorney can also affect your personal injury claim. Without an attorney, you will likely struggle to build a strong case that proves the extent of your injuries and suffering, which means you will be awarded less money than you deserve. Insurance companies also tend to take advantage when you don’t have a lawyer protecting your rights.
If you want to get the high-value settlement you need and deserve, it’s best to consult with a lawyer who can help you navigate your claim, deal with insurance companies, and develop a strategy to ensure you are awarded fair compensation.
Consult an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer
At Crossen Law Firm, we have over 20 years of experience fighting for victims of hip injuries from car accidents. Our team is prepared to fight hard to ensure you are awarded the full and fair settlement you need to compensate you for your losses and suffering.
Contact us today or give us a call for a free consultation at (317) 401-8626.