Plenty of people break a bone at one point or another, more often when they are children. However some bones can present more problems than others when a break or fracture occurs. A good example of this is a fractured pelvis.
The pelvis is not the only bone that is included when talking about a fractured pelvis – it might also include the coccyx or tail bone, the sacrum and the hip bone. These all form part of your pelvis.
It takes quite a force to fracture any of these bones. A fall could do it, as could a car accident or similar impact. For example if you were at work and a piece of equipment hit you with force, you might suffer fractures to your pelvic area. You may not necessarily be at fault for any such accident that might potentially occur – in some cases someone else may have been negligent.
How important is it to get medical treatment promptly?
It is very important because some fractures can be severe enough to cause internal bleeding. A lot will depend on where the fracture occurs, how severe it is and the force that caused it. Since the pelvis cannot be encased in plaster, stabilisation in other ways is necessary. As such the person with the injury won’t be able to work for some time after the accident.
In some isolated cases the individual may not be able to return to work at all. They could suffer a great deal of discomfort and pain for a long time after the accident occurs, even when the bones start to heal. If the accident was someone else’s fault this can be frustrating. It is also why some people consider whether they could prove negligence in a compensation claim.
Preventing accidents from happening in the first place
Clearly this is the best course of action. When we are out and about we must make sure we do not put anyone else in any danger through our own negligence. Similarly we should be able to work safely in any workplace we happen to go to.
Every employer has a requirement to adhere to health and safety rules so pelvic fractures and other injuries don’t have a chance to occur.
Accident Advice Helpline can always provide no-obligation advice. Make sure you get advice today by contacting us on 0800 689 0500 completely free.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen