A broken or a crushed pelvis is one of the worst injuries that a victim of an accident may sustain. Not only may a broken hip require extensive surgery and rehabilitation, but some victims may even pass away from their injuries. If you or a family member suffered a serious pelvis injury in an accident, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia broken pelvis injury attorney.
The Reiff Law Firm has seen the effect a serious pelvis injury can have on a person’s life, and we are here to help you pursue the parties responsible for your injuries. Our Philadelphia firm has a wealth of experience with personal injury cases, and we would be pleased to work with you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.
3 Common Causes of Pelvis Injuries in Philadelphia
The pelvis is a ring of bones consisting of several different bones that come together to protect a person’s bladder, intestines, and rectum. A broken or crushed pelvis can not only affect those organs, but it can also result in an inability to walk and many other issues.
Generally, pelvic fractures can be divided into two categories:
- Stable pelvic fractures: Identified by one break in the pelvic ring that does not bleed profusely and that has not affected the stability of other bones in the pelvis
- Unstable pelvic fractures: Characterized by two or more fractures in the pelvic ring that bleeds profusely and that affects the stability of the pelvic ring
A pelvic fracture can also be extremely dangerous, depending on the damage to the organs near the pelvis. For example, if a victim suffers an open pelvic fracture, the organs protected by the pelvis can be exposed due to the bones of the pelvis breaking through the skin.
A pelvic fracture is a real possibility depending on the type of accident a person was involved in. If you were involved in any of the following types of accidents and you are experiencing abdominal or groin pain, issues with walking or standing, or bleeding from the rectum, you may have a pelvic fracture.
If a car accident occurs at high speed or a victim’s vehicle is struck by a large vehicle, there is a high risk of an occupant suffering a pelvic fracture. The type of car crash that a victim was involved in will typically determine the likelihood of suffering a pelvic fracture. For example, if the victim’s vehicle was in a T-bone accident with an SUV that struck their door with a large amount of force, this can easily result in a pelvic fracture.
Motorcycle and bicycle accidents are also a major risk for pelvic fractures in an accident. The exposed body of the rider means they could be thrown from their bikes and land on their hips, fracturing or crushing bones in the pelvis.
Pedestrian Vehicle Accident
When walking through the City of Philadelphia, a person must always be aware of traffic patterns, especially in a high-traffic area. If a negligent driver strikes a pedestrian, the force of the impact could cause them to suffer a pelvic fracture. In some cases, if the vehicle runs over the body of a victim, many of the bones in the pelvis can be crushed.
Slip and Falls
Slip and falls typically occur because a property owner failed to maintain their property or failed to warn visitors of safety hazards on their property. For example, if a property owner failed to shovel snow outside of their property and a pedestrian slipped and suffered a pelvic fracture, the property owner could be held liable for their negligence. Other safety issues that can lead to a slip and fall accident include:
- A construction site that is not properly identified
- Poor lighting
- Unstable stairways and banisters
- Uncleaned spills
- Malfunctioning escalators
- Unsafe work areas
This is not an exhaustive list. There are many other factors that can be considered when determining the cause of a pelvic fracture.
If you suffered a pelvic fracture, do not waste any time in contacting an experienced injury attorney. Our firm can evaluate your case and help you move forward before the filing deadline if you have a valid claim. Waiting too long to file your case means that you not only risk missing your filing deadline, but you may also have to contend with expensive medical bills and other expenses alone.
Contact an Experienced Philadelphia Crushed + Broken Pelvis Injury Attorney to Fight for You
If you or a family member suffered a hip injury due to the negligence of another, contact an experienced Philadelphia crushed pelvis injury attorney. The Reiff Law Firm has worked with residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and we are here to fight for you. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000.