No matter where your vehicle is struck or what kind of vehicle you’re in, there’s something true about all crashes: auto accidents can cause serious injuries with long-term repercussions. The Daytona Beach, FL lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau realize this after years of experience with injury collision lawsuits.
Our law firm would like to consider injuries to the lower body following a car accident. Specifically, we want to focus on injuries to the hip area following a crash. If you suffer from hip pain after a collision, it could mean a serious medical issue that requires prompt attention and treatment.
Trauma to the Hips During a Car Accident
There’s a lot of emphasis on head trauma and brain injuries in collisions. Just look at the safety features in a vehicle, with front and side airbags as well as headrests. Yet the lower body is just as much of a concern. If a door, panel, dashboard, or steering wheel caves or crushes inward, it can strike the lower legs, the thighs, or the hip area. The trauma from impact can do serious harm to drivers as well as passengers.
Hip Fracture from an Auto Collision
Hip fractures are the most serious kind of hip injury that can occur in a collision. The fracture may occur on any of the bones around the ball-and-socket joint of the hip, resulting in severe pain and mobility issues. Hip fractures are an especially important concern for elderly motorists. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 300,000 senior citizens are hospitalized for hip fractures every year.
Hip Dislocation from an Auto Collision
In addition to hip fractures, there’s also the risk of hip dislocation. In these cases, the ball of the hip joint has been forced out of the socket because of the force of impact. When a hip is dislocated, there will be severe pain and loss of use of the affected leg. While many hip dislocations are noticeable, some are not as easy to notice, with the joint dislocation hidden by bruising and swelling.
Sprained Hip from an Auto Collision
Hip sprains occur when the ligaments around the hip joint are stretched and potentially torn. This can make walking and supporting your body weight on one side extremely difficult. While not as severe as hip fractures or hip dislocation, sprained hips should also be taken seriously, with medical attention sought as soon as possible.
Visit a Doctor About Your Potential Injury
If you suffer from hip pain after a collision, it’s crucial that you visit your doctor right away to seek medical attention. You can then consider speaking with an attorney about your collision to find out if you have a worthwhile personal injury claim.
Contact the Lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau
For more information about your legal options after a collision, be sure to contact a skilled auto accident attorney. The team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can be reached by phone at Daytona Beach at (866) 610-0653 and in Palm Coast at (386) 439-7760.