You are out on your usual evening stroll through your quiet urban neighborhood. You wait for the crossing light at the intersection a couple of blocks from home and step into the crosswalk. With no warning, a white compact car comes screeching around the corner at high speed and knocks you down, running over your torso with its right rear tire. You have cuts, abrasions, and a broken pelvis. It is time to contact a broken pelvis attorney.
The Pelvis: A Critical Core Component
Your pelvis is a ring-like structure that connects your hips to your torso at your sacrum, which sits at the base of your spine. The pelvis is protective as well as connective, supporting the organs directly above, such as the kidneys, while shielding the reproductive organs below. Three bones, which are fused together, comprise the bony pelvis: the ilium, the ischium, and the pubis. Pelvic fractures come most commonly in pairs because of the way the pelvis is structured. When your pelvic bone fractures, it also puts other essential structures, including major arteries, at risk of injury.
Types of Pelvic Fractures
Pelvic injuries most often result from blunt force trauma that occurs in a vehicle collision or when you are struck by a car. Your medical team will identify your injury as one of the following:
- Anterior-posterior where compression causes breaks in the pelvic ring
- Lateral, in which an impact to your side crushes and displaces pelvic bones, putting adjacent organs at risk
- Vertical shear caused by significant force from above
- Open book fracture where the pelvis flattens and breaks like the spine of a book, an injury often associated with motorcycle accidents
- Complex pattern, a combination of fracture types
Due to the complex nature of pelvic injuries, you may be facing prolonged inpatient treatment that could include surgery, pain management, physical therapy, and possibly some time at a rehab facility before you go home. The chances are good that you will be away from work for a significant time, and you may experience permanent disability.
Financial Concerns Following Your Injury Accident
If you believe that somebody else is responsible for your broken pelvis, you need to speak with a broken pelvis attorney. You face considerable tangible expenses now and in the future, such as:
- Trauma/Emergency room costs
- Hospital charges
- Physicians’ fees
- Physical therapy costs
- Rehab facility fees
- Time away from work
- Cost of pain management
- Specialized equipment such as a wheelchair or a walker
You are also subject to intangible expenses as a result of your injury, including your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium with your spouse.
If your lawyer agrees that another person caused your injury, either through negligence or on purpose, you have a legal right to seek financial compensation. Your broken pelvis attorney acts as your advocate in settlement discussions and if necessary, in the courtroom.
Get the Legal Help You Need
Rizio Law Firm is your Riverside and Orange County resource for obtaining the compensation you are legally due. We help our Southern California clients every step of the way, from injury to damage recovery, with compassionate and caring representation. Please call us today at 888-292-8888 to schedule your first, cost-free meeting with our experienced staff, or send in our online contact form.