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California car accidents: Hip fractures can lead to complications

When people are caught in a serious accident, they can suffer from many injuries, including a hip fracture.
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    January 01, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- California car accidents: Hip fractures can lead to complications

Placer County stretches from the outskirts of Sacramento up to Lake Tahoe, and essentially follows Interstate 80. The interstate is one of the busiest corridors in Northern California, with millions of people travel along it every year. With such a heavy load of travelers, car accidents are common and some can result in serious injury.

In early November, a passenger vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer as it was attempting to push another vehicle on Interstate 80 near Truckee. According to KCRA, the driver in the vehicle was flown to Reno and the extent of the injuries he suffered was not released. It is unknown how fast the semi was driving or whether any citations will be issued by the California Highway Patrol.

Hip fractures and car accidents

When people are caught in a serious accident, they can suffer from many injuries, including a hip fracture. This is especially true for young adults and children according to Placer County's Network of Care. When an accident victim's hip is fractured, it can take up to a year for the hip to heal and often, surgery is needed. This means that the person faces months of physical therapy and a large amount of pain as well as emotional and psychological challenges.

In addition to those, there are the costs to consider and it is likely that the person will be unable to work for some time. For most people, the loss of income and the mounting medical bills can be overwhelming. It can also create undue hardship for the person's family and children.

Potential complications

A hip fracture seems like a simple fix with surgery and therapy, but this kind of injury can actually be more serious than a broken bone, according to Blue Shield of California. Most fractures require surgery and it is better if the procedure is performed within the first 24 hours. However, if a car accident victim has suffered other serious injuries, the hip surgery may have to wait. Depending on the severity and location of the break, a surgeon may be able to pin the bones together or he or she may have to actually replace pieces in the hip.

Any surgery is risky and when someone has a fractured hip, they may also be at risk of the following complications:
-Blood clots in lungs or legs.
-Urinary tract infection.
-Hospital infections.

If a victim is older, a fractured hip can weaken that person's health and even result in an early death. The risk of suffering another hip fracture is also high, increasing the need for more medical care.

Seeking compensation

Seeking compensation for a fractured hip or other fractures can be complicated. Insurance companies may try to get out of paying for some medical care and may even object to claims if there are complications. To make sure that they receive the compensation to which they are legally entitled, victims should seek the experience of a qualified attorney.

Article provided by The Kreeger Law Firm
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