Important Legal Disclaimer: These dollar values are from past results and do not guarantee or suggest that your matter will have a similar outcome. The facts and circumstances which led to your injury are likely to be different, and an attorney can provide specific guidance only after engaging in a fact-intensive analysis. Furthermore, the worth of your personal injury case will ultimately be decided by a jury.
The pelvis is a large, complex, butterfly-shaped structure that provides physical support while enabling smooth motion of the hip joints. It consists of three fused bones – the pubis, the ilium, and the ischium – which are connected to the sacrum at the base of the spine by tough bands of connective tissue called ligaments. Because the pelvis is situated near vital organs and contains major blood vessels, such as the common, internal, and external iliac arteries, a hip or pelvic injury can be a life-threatening medical emergency requiring urgent surgical care. Types of pelvic fractures include:
- Intertrochanteric Fractures
- Intracapsular Fractures
- Subtrochanteric Fractures
Accidental Falls Leading Cause of Pelvic Fractures in Seniors in Oklahoma
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly all hip fractures in adults age 65 or older – over 95% of reported injuries – are caused by accidental falls. Unfortunately, many seniors are at high risk for falls due to factors like poor eyesight, impaired balance, and slowed reflexes. However, hazardous conditions can cause people of all ages to have serious slip and fall accidents, which often occur due to negligent property maintenance.
In addition to being highly prone to pelvic fractures, seniors are also at the greatest risk of becoming disabled, suffering from complications, or dying due to a fractured hip. While a younger person may be able to heal, seniors frequently suffer from weakened immune systems and underlying health conditions which make recovering from hip injuries, and subsequent surgeries, more difficult.
In addition to being highly painful, resulting in huge medical bills, and greatly limiting the victim’s mobility for long periods of time, pelvic fractures can also dramatically increase the risk of death. A recent study published in peer-reviewed medical journal Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation found that patient mortality within one year of the injury increases anywhere from 14% to 58% when patients received “usual care.”
Settlements and Verdicts Awarded to Hip Injury Victims
Depending on the situation, there are two basic ways to obtain compensation for a negligently inflicted hip injury in Oklahoma: making an insurance claim, which can lead to an out-of-court settlement, or, if settlement negotiations do not yield an acceptable offer, filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or business whose negligent or reckless conduct caused the injury. Your Oklahoma City pelvic fracture attorney will evaluate your situation and help you make an informed decision about how to proceed with your matter.
To quickly reiterate the disclaimer posted above, the verdicts and settlements listed below are intended merely to serve as educational examples. Your injury could be worth a lower or substantially higher amount, depending on factors like:
- The severity of the injury.
- The amount of income you lost or are projected to lose due to the injury.
- The medical bills resulting from the injury.
Ultimately, the only way to know how much your claim is worth is to discuss your accident with an experienced personal injury attorney. With that in mind, hip injuries have led to the following personal injury verdicts and settlements:
- $700,000 for a nursing home fall resulting in wrongful death.
- $500,000 for a motorcycle crash resulting in multiple fractures.
- $225,000 for a an accidental fall involving an elevator.
- $160,000 for an accidental fall from a ladder.
- $150,000 for a slip and fall accident at a restaurant.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or one of your family members suffered a pelvic fracture or other serious hip injury in Oklahoma, you could be entitled to compensation depending on what caused the injury to occur. Common causes of hip fractures for which the other party may be liable include:
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Truck Accidents
You may be able to get compensation for costs and losses including:
- Hospital Bills
- Lost Income
- Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
Call the Oklahoma hip injury lawyers of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040 for a free legal consultation to learn more about getting compensated.