Every year, 20 to 50 million people around the world are injured or disabled in automobile accidents. Many of these injuries are to the legs and hips and may lead to long-term impairment and debilitation. Injuries to the lower body can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Few people appreciate the mobility and freedom healthy legs afford until they suffer a life-altering, systemic injury. Be advised that if you’ve been involved in an automobile accident and believe you may have suffered leg, hip, or knee injuries, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Common Leg Injuries
A car accident can cause both serious and minor injuries to the legs. The knee, for example, is a complex mechanism involving hundreds of moving parts. Being the most complicated joint in the human body, the knee requires twelve muscles to function properly and is a nexus for dozens of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Damage to a single part of the knee can set off a wave of injuries to other working parts, potentially leaving you unable to walk. Most knee injuries resulting from a car crash occur when the knees come into quick contact with the dashboard or the steering wheel. Some of the more common types of knee injuries include: hyperextension, dislocation, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries, and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injuries. None of these injuries should be taken lightly.
Hip injuries are another common injury caused by car accidents. Hip injuries typically involve damage to either the femur or the pelvis. Hip injuries are painful and can make mobility difficult. Treatment often involves surgery requiring the installation of bolts, plates, and screws, if not the outright replacement of the entire hip. Injuries to the hip typically need lengthy rehabilitation periods which can negatively affect a person’s career and social life.
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Leg, hip, and knee injuries may not be life-threatening, but they can easily ruin a person’s well-being if not taken seriously and treated properly. These injuries are frequently painful and require extensive treatment and time to heal. If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident and feel you may have suffered a leg or hip injury you should immediately seek out treatment from a healthcare professional. Upon obtaining medical assistance, do not hesitate to call The Advocates for a free evaluation of your case. Medical treatments can be costly and should be paid by the person responsible for your injuries. Don’t wait to start building your legal case. Call The Advocates today.