Breaking any bone in a car accident or a slip and fall can have painful consequences, but the pelvis is no ordinary bone. Comprised of the left and right hip bones, the coccyx, and the large triangular sacrum bone at the base of the spine, the pelvic structure provides a strong foundation for the entire upper body and shields your bladder, reproductive organs, and lower digestive tract from harm. A break (or, as is often the case, multiple breaks) in this vital ring of bones can cause mobility issues, bladder problems, reproductive difficulties, and other major complications. As a result, you may require costly ongoing medical treatment, or find yourself temporarily or permanently unable to work.
If you broke your pelvis in a California car accident you didn't cause, or you fell due to the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of damages. At the Inland Empire Law Group, our accomplished personal injury attorneys and paralegals can help you understand your rights and explore your options for recovery.
How Car Crashes or Falls Lead to Pelvic Bone Breaks
The pelvic structure is exceptionally strong. Breaking it takes significant force. Unfortunately, the violent impact of a collision coupled with the positioning of your seat belt creates the perfect storm of conditions for doing just that. Though you can suffer pelvic injuries in any type of car accident under the right (or, rather, the wrong) conditions, research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that they're particularly common among victims of side-impact and head-on collisions.
In a fall injury, the pelvis is susceptible to the significant and often awkward forces of the body strike a hard floor or other surface. This is especially true for those who have osteporosis or other weakening of the bone structure, although pelvis fractures can occur for anyone suffering a fall injury. A fractured pelvis is almost always going to result in immediate pain and will require medical examination, including x-rays or a CT scan to accurately diagnose the correct location of the fracture.
The High Cost of Treating a Broken Pelvis
Pelvic injuries can cause debilitating pain in the hips, groin, or lower back; numbness or tingling in the groin or legs; urinary difficulties; trouble standing or walking; and severe bleeding. Treatments may include surgical procedures to install pins, screws, or metal plates; or to realign bones and remove fragments or dead tissue. Some accident victims with these injuries also require physical therapy to help them cope with mobility issues. The cost of all this care can quickly mount. Fortunately, we can fight to help you recover all of your accident-related medical costs, including:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency medical treatment
- Surgical procedures
- Appointments with doctors and specialists
- Physical therapy
- Mental health care
- Medically-necessary travel expenses
- Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications
- Reasonable home and vehicle modifications
- Future accident-related care
- Other expenses
Other Potential Damages
In addition to accident-related medical costs, filing a personal injury lawsuit also allows you to pursue compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Physical pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other economic and non-economic losses
How We Can Help
A broken pelvis is a major injury. Complex legal wrangling is the last thing you should have to worry about following such an injury. We'll investigate your accident, gather evidence, interview witnesses and experts, handle all communications with the other party's insurance company or attorney, and more. We want you to devote your energy to your physical and mental recovery. Let us handle the rest.
Broken Pelvis Wrongful Death Claims
In some cases, a broken pelvis can cause fatal organ damage or internal bleeding. In others, an accident victim with a pelvic injury may die after contracting an uncontrollable infection. If your loved one died after breaking their pelvis in a crash caused by someone else, we can help you investigate your options for filing a wrongful death claim.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact us today at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case with a member of our accomplished legal team. Don't wait; California gives accident victims—and those who've lost loved ones in crashes caused by another person's negligence—just two years to file a claim against a private individual and only six months to file a claim against a government agency that caused your injuries.