The hip joint is one of the most flexible joints in the body and it allows us to stand, walk and run. Therefore, when it is damaged, it can cause a loss of mobility and independence as well as physical pain. Even an otherwise healthy person can sustain an injury to the hip joint, if they are involved in an accident. A fall onto a hard surface, or a road traffic accident are just some examples of how you could develop a hip injury. For those who have pre-existing medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, a hip injury can be more likely to occur upon experiencing even the slightest trauma. The hip joint can become dislocated or fractured, causing the victim intense pain and suffering.
Elderly people are more at risk of serious hip injuries, as their bones are more brittle, and hip fractures can take more time to heal in the elderly – in fact approximately 20% of elderly people who suffer a hip fracture die within a year of their accident. Accident Advice Helpline could help you by offering advice on hip injury claims and supporting you to make your own claim for compensation if you have been injured in an accident caused by somebody else’s negligence.
Have you sustained a hip injury?
Pain around the hip joint, thigh or buttocks are most commonly noted as the symptoms of a hip injury. Depending on the type and severity of the condition, you might also notice that your range of motion is reduced and that the pain increases if you are physically active. Common hip injuries can include:
- Bursitis (swelling and inflammation of the small sacs that lubricate the joints)
- Hip fracture
- Labral tear (cartilage damage)
- Snapping hip syndrome (common amongst sports people and dancers)
A fracture is the most serious of these injuries, and making a hip injury claim may be possible for almost any type of hip injury, provided somebody else was to blame for your accident.
Treatment for hip injuries
If you were recently involved in an accident, then it is likely that this is the cause of your hip injury. It is important that you visit your doctor as soon possible so that you can get the right diagnosis and medical care for your condition. Treating a hip injury need not be difficult if professional help is sought quickly. The treatment for hip injuries can vary, but in the case of more serious injuries, such as a fracture, surgery may be needed. You may also need to take time off work to rest and recover, and your mobility can be affected. For elderly people without relatives, this may mean hiring a carer or somebody to look after you whilst you are stuck at home, which can be an additional expense.
We’ll take this into account when we process your hip injury claim, and you could be eligible to receive compensation for any loss of earnings you have suffered, as well as the cost of any care or private medical treatment that you need in order to make a full recovery after your accident.
What is the prognosis?
The sooner treatment is started, the quicker you are likely to recover from your injury. Your doctor will be able to advise you what the long term effects of a hip injury might be, and they can answer any questions relating to your particular kind of condition. They might prescribe physiotherapy or short-term medication to help you manage your pain. You could find that you suffer from chronic pain or inflammation in future, and your hip injury could flare up, causing discomfort and affecting your mobility. In the case of hip fractures in elderly people, some people never recover fully after a serious fracture, and you may need ongoing help with mobility (such as using a stick, for example) or care around the home to help you. You may even need to move to a more accessible home, for example a bungalow where accommodation is only on one level. These expenses can all form part of your hip injury claim, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
Was someone else to blame for your injury?
If you are thinking about claiming for a hip injury, you might be wondering whether or not you are eligible to seek compensation. Some basic criteria apply to all potential claimants, and you should be able to answer, ‘Yes’ to the following three questions:
- Did your accident happen within the last three years?
- Was someone else to blame?
- Did you require medical attention for your injuries?
If you can answer positively to these three questions then there’s a very good chance that we will be able to help you make a hip injury claim after your accident. You might be unsure of who is at fault, but we have over 16 years’ experience handling claims and we will be able to ascertain who is to blame for your accident. For example, it may be that you have suffered a hip injury after tripping on damaged pavement, and your local council could be held liable. Or maybe you have sustained a fractured hip after slipping on icy ground in a supermarket car park, in which case the car park/supermarket operator could be at fault. It’s important to seek medical attention after your accident, as in order to make a hip injury claim we must be able to see evidence of your assessment and treatment, normally in the form of a report/medical records.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to make a claim
If you are worried about the cost of claiming for a hip injury, then Accident Advice Helpline has the answer. We can offer you confidential, no-obligation initial advice, and we handle every claim on a no-win, no-fee basis. This minimises any financial risk to you, and you can trust that we will work hard to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve. There are no fees to worry about upfront, so you can get the ball rolling on your claim without losing sleep over the cost.
Why not call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone, and chat to an advisor at Accident Advice Helpline? You have nothing to lose.
Date Published: 25th October 2013
Author: David Brown