Around 1 to 2 babies in every 1000 are born each year with a developmentally dislocated hip. This is where the femur has failed to develop in the correct place, and rather than being held by the ‘ball’ of the hip it is floating free, above it.
Other than developmental dislocation, children in general are unlikely to suffer from dislocations as their growth plates (the area of bone growth located in the ends of long bones) are weaker than their muscles or tendons. This makes dislocation an almost entirely adult injury which is most often caused by violent trauma.
Causes of dislocation
The most common joint to become dislocated is the shoulder. A dislocation occurs when the ligaments that hold two bones together are put under extreme pressure, forcing them apart. In accidents or other traumatic situation, we tend to hunch over naturally to protect our heads and faces, but this leaves our shoulders to take the full force of any blow. Any joint in the body can become dislocated however, and it commonly happens during contact sports such as rugby, American football, and ice hockey.
A dislocation injury caused by another person
If you have received a dislocation injury that was caused by another person, whether in a road traffic accident, a fall at work, or any other kind of accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Depending on where on your body you have been injured and the severity of the injury, dislocation injuries can be very difficult to mend.
You may have to undergo surgery, remain immobile in a cast, or even be placed in traction for many months. This can result in a major loss of earnings and, in some cases, even life-long disability. Personal injury compensation exists to help you deal with the fall-out of your accident.Open Claim Calculator
If you’d like to know more, contact our experts at Accident Advice Helpline. They’re experienced in dealing with all sorts of accidents, and will be able to give you a good idea of whether or not your claim is likely to be successful.
If you choose to go ahead, your claim will be conducted on a no win, no fee* basis. Claims can most often be conducted over the telephone with the minimum of hassle to the claimant. For a very quick guide to your potential eligibility, simply complete our 30-second test online.