Atlanta Car Accidents & the Increase in Serious Hip Injuries
Car accidents commonly result in hip dislocations and are the leading cause of these types of injuries in Georgia. Unfortunately, such injuries are on the rise in Georgia and across the nation as a whole. A dislocated hip normally arises when the tip of the thighbone slips, or dislocates, out of its socket. Just like with a dislocated shoulder, the bone is left in an unnatural position, causing severe and sometimes debilitating pain for its victims. Moreover, people who sustain a hip dislocation often experience nerve damage in the leg and foot due to the severe and traumatic nature of the injury. Oftentimes, the only way to repair the dislocation and associated injuries is through extensive orthopedic surgery. NOTE: This blog article will discuss hip injuries as they pertain to personal injury claims. The following information is intended to be for informational purposes only and nothing contained herein should be construed as medical advice. Anyone who believes they have suffered from a hip injury should consult with a medical doctor.
Undoubtedly, a dislocated hip is a serious form of trauma and must immediately be treated in order for its victims to avoid the long term pain. A physician can usually diagnose the condition simply by viewing the person's hip area; however, x-rays, CT scans and MRIs will confirm whether there are additional complications, such as bone fractures. In the event that the victim luckily suffers no added complications, the physician will typically administer an anesthetic before trying to manipulate the bone back into place, a process called "reduction." In some cases, the reduction must be done in the operating room in order to repair the extent of damage caused by the hip dislocation.
Given the nature of hip dislocations, it normally takes a significant amount of time for these types of injuries to fully heal. The rehabilitative process can take even longer and depends upon the age and physical condition of the patient, as well as the extent of the dislocation. Despite treatment, hip dislocations can be extremely disruptive to nerves and blood vessels, which can lead to severe numbness and even bone death. It can also cause the cartilage in the hip area to become severely damaged, increasing the likelihood of arthritis in the joint. Many times, a long-term consequence of a severe hip injury is the eventual replacement of the hip, which leads to even more suffering and financial loss.
Overall, the best way to avoid a hip dislocation injury is to wear a seatbelt. Specifically, many car accident-related hip dislocation cases are caused by a great and often unrestrained force (due to the lack of a seatbelt), leading to a dislocation of the hip. Regardless of whether or not you were wearing a seatbelt, if you sustained this type of hip injury, it is critical to immediately seek the advice of a skilled Georgia Personal Injury Attorney. Only an experienced attorney can advise you of your legal options and help you fight for your right to receive the greatest amount of compensation legally possible.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one is injured in an automobile accident, the Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our law firm provides essential assistance to accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We have over 35 years of experience and strive to provide you with the outstanding representation you need to mount your strongest case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.
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