Pelvic fractures most often occur as the result of high-speed auto accidents and require a lengthy recovery time. Ease the financial burden associated with this injury by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
What You Need to Know About Pelvic Fractures
After an auto accident, a victim with a pelvic fracture will likely experience tenderness in the area and difficulty walking or moving the lower parts of the body. Abdominal pain, bleeding from the rectum or genital area, and difficulty urinating are also possibilities. The injury can be diagnosed with an X-ray and CT scan.
Rest and pain medication can be used to treat minor fractures, but more serious breaks will require surgery. The surgeon will reposition the bones and use screws, plates, or pins to keep everything in place while the area heals. Someone with a severe fracture or multiple breaks also needs to be monitored for shock and internal bleeding.
A pelvic fracture can potentially involve injuries to organs within the pelvic ring, including the kidneys, bladder, and intestines. Additional surgeries may be required to repair any damage.
A broken pelvis is not synonymous with a broken hip, but someone with a broken pelvis may also have a hip fracture.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Louisiana's statute of limitations law typically gives injured persons one year from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim against the liable party. If you were determined partially responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you can still file a claim. However, your settlement will be proportionately reduced to reflect your own liability for your injuries.
A personal injury claim can include compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You are also entitled to reimbursement for property damage related to the accident, including the cost of a necessary rental vehicle.
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