Accidents Involving Hip Injuries
Most hip injuries are caused by slip and fall accidents, particularly among the elderly. In fact, each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that slip and fall accidents cause more than one million injuries of all types in the United States. Another common cause of hip injuries is vehicle accidents.
Unfortunately, hip injuries occur in several nasty varieties:
- Broken hip: Broken hips are most common among elderly adults with osteoporosis. Even a minor fall can break the hip of an elderly victim, while young people generally require strong impact.
- Dislocation: Dislocation occurs when the ball of the femur slips out of the socket, causing great pain. This injury typically requires great force to produce.
- “Snapping hip syndrome”: This condition, recognized by a snapping sensation in the hip, can happen due to athletic activities or certain occupations.
- Bursitis: Bursitis is a type of swelling and inflammation that ordinarily results in a personal injury claim only in instances of medical malpractice (misdiagnosis, for example).
- Labral tear: A labral tear is a tear in the cartilage of the hip that can occur in a slip and fall accident.
Don’t Trust the Insurance Company – Their Interests Are Adverse to Yours
Most hip injury claims are paid by private insurance companies whose sole purpose is to maximize profits. Since the more they pay on your claim, the lower their profits, their bag of negotiating tricks is always packed tighter than Santa’s toy bag on Christmas Eve. The good news is that we know all their tricks by heart, and we can handle the negotiating for you.
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Some of Our Related Practice Areas
At Malman Law, we represent victims of many different types of personal injury. The following are some of them:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Vehicle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Driving While on Bluetooth
- Arguing While Driving
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I am a senior citizen. Can the insurance company reduce my compensation by claiming that since I am elderly, my hip bone was brittle and ready to break anyway?
No, and if they are telling this then you need a lawyer immediately. Under the Illinois “thin skull rule,” you are still entitled to full compensation even if your hip had been broken before and you had never fully recovered.
Can I sue a nursing home for a hip injury?
Yes, if the hip injury can be attributed to the fault of the nursing home. It would be particularly helpful if you could identify a nursing home regulation that the nursing home broke that resulted in the accident that caused the hip injury.
Nursing homes are regulated at two levels:
- At the state level, the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act applies to all Illinois-licensed nursing homes.
- At the federal level, federal regulations apply if the nursing home takes Medicare or Medicaid.
What are future damages?
Future damages are estimated future losses that you might suffer if your hip injury is expected to cause long-term or permanent debilitation. If you are young and you have to retire because of your injury, for example, your damages could be immense. It is critical that you calculate future damages accurately.
What should I do first – settle or sue?
Settlement is generally the best solution, but the process often works something like this:
- You attempt to settle, but the other side fails to offer an adequate settlement.
- You file a lawsuit to show the opposing party you mean business.
- The other side returns to the settlement table with a better offer in order to avoid a lawsuit.
Our Zero Fee Guarantee Means You Can Afford to Retain Us – Even with Empty Pockets
At Malman Law, our Zero Fee Guarantee means no upfront fees and no fees ever until and unless you win compensation – either in court or at the settlement table. If you win compensation (as do the overwhelming majority of our clients), your bill will be strictly proportionate to the amount of compensation you receive.
A Drop of Initiative Is Worth a Gallon of Patience – Call Us Today to Start Making Things Happen
The day you are injured the statute of limitations clock starts ticking, witness memories start to fade, and evidence starts to deteriorate. If you have suffered a hip injury in Chicagoland, call us today at 1-888-836-5975 or simply fill in our online contact form so that we can schedule you a free initial case consultation. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.