If you experience hip pain after a car accident, you should see a doctor to rule out any serious injuries and get advice for reducing swelling and managing the pain. When a hip or pelvis injury occurs, it requires proper treatment promptly to prevent further damage.
Even if you do not have any significant injuries, you can likely hold the at-fault driver liable and recover compensation for your doctor’s visit and your time away from work.
Hip Pain and Injuries in a Traffic Accident
Hip discomfort after a crash may just be soft tissue soreness from the seatbelt or other impacts. However, it could signal a more severe injury, so you should see a doctor as soon as you can.
Hip pain could indicate:
- Hip dislocation: This injury usually causes significant pain and could limit mobility. The pain generally begins immediately.
- Hip or pelvic fracture: A fracture could occur in any part of the joint, including the acetabulum (the socket), the ilium (pelvic crest), the pubis (lower part of the hip bone), or the ischium (rear part of the hip).
- Soft tissue injuries: This category includes strains, sprains, or pulls to the muscles or ligaments that provide functionality and stability to the hip.
What Treatment Is Necessary for My Hip Pain and Injuries?
The treatment you may require depends on your diagnosis. When you see a doctor, they will probably order X-rays and other tests to visualize what is happening and the necessary treatment. Options could vary from surgery to close reduction to rest and limited activity.
You may have pain and limited mobility for several weeks or even longer. This pain could lead to missing work or other activities. In addition, some people require physical therapy or rehabilitation after a significant hip injury.
You May Require Future Treatment or Care
Hip injuries can haunt victims for years. If a hip dislocates, it is at risk for future dislocations. For this reason, your doctor may tell you to avoid some activities or job tasks. Traumatic arthritis in the hip joint is also relatively common following a severe injury. This condition could mean pain and inflammation become an ongoing concern.
Some people who suffer hip injuries in a car accident require a joint replacement procedure in the years following their crash. While this is a major surgery and recovery takes time, it can improve the quality of life for those who need it.
The expenses and losses associated with a significant hip injury can add up quickly. Victims must also consider their likely future medical care needs. This determination comes before considering wage losses and the inability to continue certain job duties in some cases.
Financial Recovery Based on Your Hip Pain and Injuries
If you suffered a hip injury in a traffic accident, you could file an insurance claim or civil suit against the at-fault driver to recover for:
- Your medical care costs
- Future hip replacement or other care needs
- Mobility equipment required for your injuries
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
Personal Injury Attorneys Handle Car Accident Claims
If you suffered injuries and pain following a collision caused by another driver, you could consult a car accident lawyer to help you file your claim and seek damages. This process is not as straightforward as it might seem, and having legal representation can make a difference. Your law firm should:
- Identify the liable party
- Investigate the accident and collect evidence
- Demand a fair settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurer
- Negotiate an appropriate agreement when possible
- Represent your best interests and protect your rights
- Manage your case with no upfront fees
Most of these cases settle before victims need to sue or go to trial. Occasionally, a collision victim requires a judge and jury to rule on liability and damages. If you must sue to recover damages in your car accident case, the filing deadlines depend on your location:
- Two years in Alabama under Ala. Code § 6-2-38
- Three years in Arkansas per Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-105
- One year in Louisiana under La. Civ. Code Art. 3492
- Three years in Mississippi per Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49
Some exceptions could mean you have less time to act. Get started as quickly as possible with your claim.
Morris Bart, LLC Represents Injured Car Accident Victims
You can speak with a lawyer from the Morris Bart law office closest to you today for free. In addition, our car accident team provides complimentary consultations and case assessments for those suffering hip pain after a collision throughout our service area. We have 16 locations and serve Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Call (800) 537-8185 today to discuss your accident, injuries, and legal options with our team.