A common injury that I have seen after a pedestrian accident is a fractured hip. It makes sense that if you're a pedestrian and your hit by a vehicle you will be thrown to the ground. The hip is busted when your body hits the ground.
Anatomy of the Hip
Here is a brief anatomy lesson. The thigh bone is called the femur. Close to the pelvis in anatomy terms the proximal femur has the "ball" or head. The neck. The metaphysis and the shaft (diaphysis). Next we have the pelvis which has a bunch of bones like the ilium, ischium, and pubis.
The cup in the pelvis is called the acetabulum. The head of the femur fits into the acetabulum and that is the hip joint.
In pedestrian accidents all areas of the femur and pelvis can fracture. The location of the break and the severity of the break will determine the treatment.
Treatment of hip - pelvic fractures
There is a wide range of treatments that include watchful waiting, pinning, open reduction internal fixation, external fixation and hip replacement.
The types of damages available to a person who breaks their hip in a pedestrian accident include:
- Medical and hospital expenses in the past and what is likely in the future.
- Pain and suffering.
- Lost wages
- Lost ability to earn money in the future
- Loss of the quality and enjoyment of your life.
Getting your medical bills paid after fracturing your hip
If you were hit by a car or a truck. The first layer of medical coverage will be your Florida no fault or pip coverage. You will be entitled $10,000 in basic PIP because a broken hip would be considered an emergency medical condition. If you purchased medical payments coverage on your vehicle- med pay will pay what PIP doesn't. If your medical expenses exceed the coverage under your auto insurance, the next layer of coverage will be your health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
Why you should hire a lawyer after a hip fracture
Aside from gathering and preserving the evidence needed to prove your claim. Your Florida hip fracture lawyer will be an advocate and intermediary between your healthcare providers and insurance. Sometimes organizing and getting a clients medical expenses paid can be a full time job. Another benefit of having an attorney is that we can usually stop bill collectors from harassing you or sending you to collection. Many folks spend a lifetime getting a good credit rating that they don't want ruined because a driver wasn't paying attention and hit you.
If you have any questions about a hip fracture after being hit by a car, don't hesitate to call (352) 267-9168.