When a person suffers a pelvic fracture in a car accident, he or she may by faced with huge medical bills and the inability to return to work.
Pelvic fractures are a serious type of fractures that a person can suffer in a car accident. These fractures usually occur in high speed crashes. Those who have osteoporosis or other health conditions that weaken the bones can suffer a pelvic fracture even in a low-impact collision.
Pelvic fractures are extremely painful and may make it difficult for the victim to walk. In severe cases, the fracture may be accompanied by internal bleeding or other complications. These injuries require immediate medical attention, and in more serious cases, the patient may require long-term treatment and physical therapy.
The Anatomy of the Pelvis
The pelvis consists of two small rings and a major ring. The smaller rings protect and support the internal organs including the intestines and the bladder. The fracture can be mild or severe. The fracture in the smaller rings is considered a mild fracture and a fracture in the major ring is considered a severe injury. The major ring can become fractured at multiple locations.
Common Symptoms of Pelvic Fracture
The person who suffers a pelvic fracture in a car accident will experience pain and discomfort in the pelvic area which worsens with movement. In addition, the patient may experience the following signs and symptoms:
- pain in the areas surrounding the pelvis, such as the abdomen
- inability to ambulate
- tingling and numbness below the waist
- trouble urinating
- unusual bleeding (in case of organ damage)
- pain and discomfort when standing
Diagnosis of Pelvic Fracture
A doctor may order imaging tests such as an MRI, a CT scan, or X-rays to assess the exact location and extent of damage. Contrasting imaging tests may be required to diagnose damage to blood vessels and internal organs.
Treatment of Pelvic Injuries and Fractures
The treatment for pelvic injuries and fractures depend on the location and severity of the injury. A minor pelvic fracture will require minimal treatment and may heal with anti-inflammatory medications and bed rest. Usually, pelvic fractures take about 3-4 months to heal properly.
Patients with severe pelvic fractures may require surgery. The procedure involves the use of surgical hardware such as screws, plates, and pins to hold together the broken bones. Even after the bones have fused together, the patient may require physical therapy to regain mobility, flexibility, and strength. If a pelvic fracture is not treated properly, it can lead to long-term disability and pain. The patient may continue to experience pain and discomfort long after the fracture has healed.
Chicago Car Accident Attorney
When a person suffers a pelvic fracture in a car accident, he or she may by faced with huge medical bills and the inability to return to work and earn wages. It is important to claim all medical expenses including any future medical care needed from the at-fault party. Seek the help of a Chicago car accident attorney from Willens Law Offices. Call us at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.