I Have Hip Pain After a Car Accident—What Now?
If you or a loved one were involved in a New Jersey car accident and later developed hip pain, it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately.
Many accident victims feel fine immediately after a motor vehicle collision.
However, victims may develop pain or discomfort in the hours, days, or even weeks that follow.
Feeling any persistent pain or physical discomfort—even if it’s mild in nature—can indicate a serious problem. Hip injuries can be especially devastating, leaving you with long-term or permanent damage and mobility issues.
If your injuries prevent you from returning to work or performing your job duties, you could struggle to pay your bills or get the medical treatment you need.
Having a full medical evaluation by a qualified treatment provider will help ensure that you get the care you need.
After you visit the emergency room or a physician, your next call should be to a car accident lawyer.
If someone else caused your accident, an attorney can help you pursue justice and compensation from the at-fault party.
The attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble fight to get our clients the results they deserve from any type of injury, including a hip injury after a car accident.
Why Car Accidents Often Result in Severe Hip Injuries
Despite being the body’s largest weight-bearing joint, the ball-and-socket structure of the hip makes it vulnerable to a variety of problems. Even seemingly minor damage to any of the joint's components or to bones adjacent to the hip can impede its function. The result can include pain and difficulty walking, bending, sitting, etc.
The nature of motor vehicle collisions subjects the lower body to significant trauma. Injuries to the feet, ankles, and knees are common, as is damage to the hips. Of all these injuries, however, those involving the hip are often the most painful and the most complex.
Hip pain after rear-end collisions is common, due to the way the body is thrown forward on impact. More common are lower-body injuries that result from head-on collisions.
In these types of accidents, the front of the victim’s vehicle can collapse into the passenger compartment, particularly the areas where the lower body is located. However, you could develop hip pain from virtually any type of car crash, even those that don’t seem severe at the time.
Why Hip Pain Might Develop After a Car Accident
In many cases, accident victims don’t develop hip pain immediately after a collision. This can cause problems and complications due to delays in diagnosis and treatment.
The most common accident-related hip injuries are dislocations and fractures. However, dislocations and fractures cause extreme pain and aren’t likely to go undetected by accident victims.
Other conditions, such as damage to the ligaments, tendons, or bursa, may not present any pain or discomfort immediately. As inflammation builds, the victim may start to experience pain that radiates from the hip. This could potentially affect the nerves in the lower spine and legs.
Another significant risk involves the weakening of the hip joint due to other lower-body injuries. As a result, victims can experience fractures or joint dislocation later.
If the accident wasn’t your fault, you might be considering a legal claim or lawsuit. Any belated onset of symptoms or delay in seeking treatment could make it more difficult to recover the compensation you deserve.
Why Hire a Lawyer for Hip Injuries
Whether your injuries manifested immediately after your accident or some time afterward, having an experienced injury accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Depending on the details of your case, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your medical treatment and care, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages you suffered.
No matter how serious your injuries are, the at-fault party’s insurance company will look for ways to minimize their liability. If you did not seek medical attention immediately after the collision, they could assert that you weren’t seriously injured.
For this reason, it is important for any accident victim to seek out medical treatment as soon as possible. A qualified medical treatment provider can evaluate you and identify any potential injuries. This ensures you get the care you need and provides critical documentation for any future legal claims.
Your attorney can connect you with the resources you need. Your lawyer will handle all the details of your case and negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. This gets you a check as quickly as possible and helps get you on the road to recovery.
Contact an Attorney Now for Help
If you suffered a hip injury in a car accident or any other type of motor vehicle collision, contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble now. Our personal injury lawyers understand the challenges you face, and we can help.
You do not have to fight this battle alone. We have more than a century of combined experience recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and awards for our clients. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
We offer a no-cost case evaluation for New Jersey personal injury victims. Contact us now to learn more or to schedule your consultation with one of our attorneys in New Jersey.