Car accidents can cause a number of different injuries, including those to your hip. When your body is forcefully slammed against the sides of your car, dashboard or other areas, it can bruise, fracture or dislocate your hip. These painful effects may go away on their own—or develop into something worse.
Car Accidents and Hip Pain
Some of the most common hip-related car accident injuries include:
- Fractures: Hip fractures can occur in the socket or the rest of the joint. The collision may have caused bones or other objects to slam into the hip socket and hipbones. This can cause hairline fractures or larger breaks. This can require orthopedic surgery. In rare cases, you may need a hip replacement.
- Dislocation: Dislocation can be quite painful, but it may not require surgery or a long recovery period. However, you should not leave it untreated. That could lead to further, more severe injury over time.
- Bursitis: Bursitis is a type of inflammation in the hip. Tiny sacs called bursae become inflamed and irritated.
- Bruising: You may simply suffer bruised hips from blunt force. It’s still important to have a medical doctor perform any necessary x-rays or other diagnostic treatments.
What to Do When a Collision Causes Hip Pain
If you’re in a car accident, the most important thing to do is seek medical treatment right away. Even if you feel relatively okay, untreated hip pain can lead to long-term pain and chronic conditions. Treatments may include anything from injections to relieve inflammation, to orthopedic surgery in severe cases.
It’s also important to get checked out for insurance purposes. If you delay treatment, it can jeopardize your health. It also sends a message to the insurance company (or defense counsel) that your injury isn’t that serious.
Don’t put off your doctor visit due to a lack of health insurance or financial strain. Be sure to call a personal injury attorney as soon as you’ve reached stable condition. When you work with a lawyer, they can help negotiate with your medical providers and insurance company to get the best result possible. Moreover, they’re familiar with car accidents causing hip pain—they’ll know whether you’re likely to develop further hip problems over time. That helps them negotiate a settlement that will cover all your bills, from the past, present and future.
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