In some cases, significant car accidents, especially side-impact auto accidents can cause hip injuries or aggravation of a pre-existing hip problem. Trauma from a car accident to the hip can lead to very severe fractures.
The treatment of these injuries can require the use of plates and rods or the revision of the hip replacement entirely with placement of a new, long femoral component to span the fracture. The key in these kinds of injury cases is causation. Was there is “mechanism of injury?” The main question is whether or not the accident actually caused the hip injury. Just because you have a hip problem doesn’t mean you get to blame a car accident. If you had a pre-existing problem in your hip, the accident may have “aggravated” the condition but not necessarily made it worse. Close consultation with a hip replacement surgeon is critical when it comes to hip injury and car accident personal injury cases.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia,