All car accident claims are different. Even when two victims have similar symptoms or injuries, their financial recovery can be dramatically different. For this reason, there is no such thing as an “average settlement” for hip pain after a crash.
Instead, you will need to determine the value of the costs and losses you incurred because of the accident and injuries. A personal injury attorney from our firm can make this process much more manageable. We can negotiate for a just payout and let you know when a settlement offer may not be fair based on your damages.
Hip Injuries Can Cause Significant Pain and Impairment
There are many reasons you may be experiencing hip discomfort following a Louisiana car crash. You should see a doctor as soon as possible to determine what is wrong and how to fix it. Some hip injuries that may occur in a collision include:
- Soft tissue injuries
Hip dislocation generally produces severe pain and significantly reduced mobility. You may also feel like the affected hip is in the wrong place. Fractures are common as well, especially in seniors and others with weak bones. The hip joint consists of several sections of bone that work together to facilitate sitting, standing, moving, and walking. A break in any of the following parts could cause pain and disability:
- The acetabulum (the socket)
- The ilium (pelvic crest)
- The pubis (bottom of the hip bone)
- The ischium (lower and rear part of the hip bone)
Stress fractures are also possible. They generally cause pain when moving, standing, or walking, but they may not prevent you from doing these activities.
Meanwhile, soft tissue injuries include muscle strains, sprains to ligaments, and other damage. Some hip injuries can also cause issues and pain in your lower back and knees. If you were in an accident and live with pain in these areas, you should discuss the cause with a doctor.
Treatment for Hip Pain Depends on Your Underlying Injuries
Treatment for hip pain and injury depends greatly on what is causing the pain. The doctor evaluating you will likely conduct an exam using X-rays and other medical imaging to better understand your injury. In some cases, surgery is the best option to repair an unstable or fractured hip.
Some operations may be vital to ensuring proper blood flow to your pelvis and legs. Other injuries may require rest. The doctor may prescribe only limited activities for an extended period, such as eight weeks or longer. You may also need physical therapy or other follow-up treatment after the injury heals.
Hip Injuries Could Lead to Long-term Pain or Require More Surgery
Even once your hip heals, the doctor may recommend that you limit some activities. Once a joint dislocates or fractures, it may be more susceptible to additional damage. In addition, many people develop traumatic arthritis after a hip injury.
If pain, inflammation, and limited range of motion continue, the victim may eventually require a hip replacement. Hip replacement procedures can significantly improve the quality of life for some accident victims, though they are often costly.
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Work with an Attorney to Seek Just Compensation
Hip injuries and treatment costs can add up quickly. In addition to surgery, hospitalization, therapy, and other medical care costs, there is the matter of missed wages and the possibility that you can no longer do your job.
Louisiana law allows you to seek these and other expenses and losses through a car insurance claim or civil suit against the driver. You could also seek compensation for:
- Future surgery or other care needs
- Mobility equipment
- Car repairs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- The pain and suffering you endured
- Additional costs you incurred due to the crash
Work with an Attorney to Seek Just Compensation
Hiring our personal injury firm can allow you to focus on your physical recovery while we take care of the insurance claim. When we represent you, our team will:
- Gather the necessary evidence
- Present it to the insurance carrier
- Demand a fair payout
- Negotiate a settlement based on your damages
- Protect your rights throughout this process
A lawsuit is generally only necessary if the insurance company will not negotiate or provide an appropriate settlement based on your documented damages.
THowever, the deadline for suing a driver over a Louisiana car crash is one year from the date of the collision, per CC Art. 3492. Exceptions may offer less time. Enlisting the help of a car accident attorney early on can help you move forward quickly if a lawsuit becomes necessary.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Evaluate Your Case for Free Today
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, our attorneys know how to navigate the claims process and secure a fair settlement for our clients with hip injuries and pain. We will discuss your case with you today for free.
Connect with our Lafayette office now: (337) 777-7777.