Hip Fractures Received from Maryland Road Accidents
As professionals in the field of personal injury law and as drivers ourselves, the legal team at the law offices of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, has seen the unsettling results of many a roadway accident involving autos, trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians. There is no question, even with the advanced passenger safety equipment found on many new cars these days, that the threat of bodily injury exists for every driver and passenger who travels Maryland’s beltways, interstates and surface streets.
Anyone who spends a great deal of his or her time commuting on our roadways knows first-hand the numerous kinds of potential traffic hazards that motorists must deal with on a daily basis. Avoiding a traffic collision is, of course, the main goal of anyone operating a car or truck on public roads. As licensed drivers, we are each responsible for maintaining control of our vehicle and seeing that no harm comes to our passengers or others on the road.
Unfortunately, the many thousands of car, truck and motorcycle crashes each year only serve to remind us that this is not a perfect world, and that not every driver or vehicle occupant will avoid injury at one time or another during his or her lifetime. As Baltimore personal injury lawyers, Lebowitz & Mzhen is dedicated to helping those individuals who are hurt as a result of the negligence of another person. Innocent victims of severe traffic wrecks should not be expected to bear the financial burden of medical costs incurred following a bad highway accident that was caused by another driver’s careless or thoughtless actions.
Naturally, when it comes to motor vehicle collisions, there are numerous ways in which the victims may sustain serious or life-changing injuries. Being struck broadside by a speeding driver who ignores a red light is just one of the many scenarios. In such cases, the force of the collision can result in head, neck and spinal cord injuries. Broken bones, as well, are often brought about in these violent collisions. Fractures of the arms, legs and feet can easily result.
While many people experience minor cuts and bruises during lesser car accidents, some of the more painful and potentially debilitating injuries can occur in rather severe car accidents. Bone fractures come in a variety of types and different degrees of seriousness. A hip fracture received in a traffic collision can be very painful as well as cause a victim to be immobilized for some time as the bone mends.
In a bad car crash, the force of the impact can cause a passenger’s hip to crack. While older adults are much more susceptible to these kinds of fractures, a person of almost any age can experience a fractured hip in a passenger car or commercial trucking collision. The medical profession is well aware of the causes of hip fractures, but whatever the cause, this kind of fracture can be serious; in older individuals it can also result in life-threatening complications.
Some of the signs and symptoms of a fractured hip include the inability to move immediately following the incident. Depending on the type of accident and the victim’s other injuries, a hairline fracture may go unnoticed for a time, but the pain that usually accompanies even the slightest break will likely cause the patient severe pain when attempting to stand or walk. Other symptoms may include:
- Severe pain in the victim’s hip area or groin
- Inability of the patient to put weight on the leg on the side that experienced the fracture
- A feeling of stiffness, as well as a visible bruising and/or swelling in and around the hip area
- An outward turning of the leg on the side that has experienced the fracture
- Experiencing a physically shorter leg on the side of the injured hip
As Maryland auto accident attorneys, the experienced professionals at Lebowitz & Mzhen have the skills to represent victims of traffic wrecks where a hip fracture and other injuries have sent a person to the hospital for a long and often drawn out recovery period. This is typically true in cases of hip fractures, which usually requires surgical repair or replacement, depending on the severity of the injury. Once surgeons have been able to set the bone and make other repairs, the victims can typically face months of physical therapy just to get back to daily life.
As automobile and commercial trucking accident lawyers, our legal team is ready and willing to assist those individuals who have been badly hurt following a serious traffic wreck. Whether one’s injuries involve burns, injuries to internal organs, compound fractures, or closed-head trauma, our goal is to help our clients recover damages from the negligent party(s).
Here at Lebowitz & Mzhen, we know that the accidents that result in the tens of thousands of personal injuries every year may never be totally eliminated. Avoiding the circumstances that lead to many kinds of roadway collisions may help, but there will surely continue to be incidents that cause injury and death to innocent victims. In those cases where negligence is evident, the professionals at Lebowitz & Mzhen are ready to help the victims and their families. If you have sustained injuries in a car or truck crash, please contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys. You may email Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen anytime; or call us toll-free at (800) 654-1949.