One of the most common injuries to affect elderly people when they fall is a broken hip. As we age, our bones get more brittle, putting us at increased risk of fractures. Suffering a broken hip from a fall is a serious injury which can be life-threatening, and being hospitalised after suffering a hip fracture could put you at risk of complications, including:
- Increased risk of chest infection
- Clot in the leg
- Further falls in hospital
- Pressure sores
- Wound infection
Over 98% of hip fractures require surgery before patients are able to walk again, and major surgery carries risks. If you or a member of your family have suffered a broken hip from a fall, let Accident Advice Helpline assist you in making a claim for compensation – we’ve got years of specialist experience.
Will you need surgery?
Around 77,000 hip fractures are fixed by surgery every year, and you may need a half or total hip replacement or a dynamic hip screw (DHS) to allow the bones to heal and mobility to be restored. It can take months to make a full recovery, and 12 months after surgery, 80% of people still need help with complex tasks such as shopping and gardening – you may even need assistance feeding yourself, washing or dressing. For this reason, hip fractures can affect your whole life and your independence, and you may need ongoing physiotherapy or home care to help you.
Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of people claim compensation after suffering a hip fracture in a fall and we could help you too. Our expert personal injury advisors offer confidential, no-obligation advice and if you do decide to make a claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service.
Don’t delay, claim today
With a three-year time limit in place for personal injury claims, it’s important you don’t wait around too long to get in touch with us, or you could miss out. If your local council has failed to ensure pavements in your area are safe and you’ve suffered a fall as a result, or if you have slipped and fallen on a wet floor in your local shopping centre, you’re entitled to compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for no-obligation advice. It’s free to call and if you do decide to proceed with a claim, the good news is that it’s unlikely you will need to go to court, as most claims can be processed in full over the phone.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen