Older people are more at risk than the young of suffering hip injuries from a fall, and injuries to the hip can be incredibly serious for elderly people. There are two main types of hip fracture:
- Femoral neck fracture – this is common amongst older adults and involves a fracture around 1 to 2 inches from the hip joint. This type of fracture can be dangerous as it could cut off the blood supply to the femur
- Intertrochanteric hip fracture – this fracture occurs 3 to 4 inches from the hip joint and is often easier to repair during surgery
Stress fractures can also occur where a tiny hairline crack appears in the bone. These are harder to diagnose, but if you suffer hip injuries from a fall, a serious fracture is more likely. Unfortunately, only 1 in 4 people ever make a full recovery from a hip fracture and around 20% of those who suffer hip fractures due within a year of their injury.
If someone you love has suffered hip injuries from a fall, it’s important to establish what happened. If a cracked paving stone or damaged pavement is to blame, your local authority could be held liable for the accident and we could help you claim personal injury compensation.
The recovery period for hip fractures is a lengthy one and most people will spend up to two weeks in hospital following surgery or treatment. Long-term care may be needed once discharged from hospital, and quality of life is often affected for elderly people, who may find themselves less able to be independent than before their accident. We can help you claim personal injury compensation for the impact a hip injury has had on your life, and our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there are no upfront fees to worry about.
Should you claim?
If somebody else is responsible for your accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim. No matter how minor or serious your hip injury, you’re entitled to claim personal injury compensation if negligence on the part of your local authority (failing to repair pavements and keep them safe) has led to your accident. Our personal injury advisors are here to offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch with us.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown