When you take a fall, you are subject to potential injury—including serious injury like a broken hip. Falls regularly happen due to negligent care of hazardous walkways. Such hazards can include wet and slippery conditions, inadequate lighting, cracked and uneven walking surfaces, and walkway obstacles and debris. While many injuries can result from a fall, older adults are especially at risk of breaking a hip in this type of accident.
A Broken Hip
A fracture or break of the hip is a very serious injury, and those older than 65 are especially prone to prolong and difficult recoveries from these injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, furthermore, provides some sobering statistics as they relate to falls and broken hips:
- Falls—most often sideways falls—cause more than 95 percent of all broken hips.
- Each year, about 300,000 people ages 65 and older are hospitalized for broken hips.
- As you age, your chances of suffering from a hip fracture increase.
- Women fall more often than men, are also more susceptible to osteoporosis (fragile, brittle bones resulting from tissue loss), and therefore account for about 75 percent of all broken hips.
The Consequences of a Broken Hip
Even if you’re a young and otherwise healthy adult, a broken hip is an extremely serious injury that can lead to further health risks. Your hip joint is instrumental in your ability to walk and move your body. As such, a broken hip will likely immobilize you and necessitate surgical repair or even a full or partial hip replacement. Furthermore, serious complications often accompany a broken hip, including:
- Diminished independence
- Long-term mobility issues
- Shortened life expectancy for elderly victims
- Diminished strength in bones and joints
Personal Injury Claims After a Fall
Falls are often caused by property owners who neglect to either adequately maintain their properties or to adequately warn prospective visitors of hazardous conditions. If you suffer a broken hip because of such negligence, you may be legally entitled to just compensation. A broken hip can significantly alter the course of your life, and if yours was caused by a negligent property owner, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side as soon as possible.
If Another Person’s Negligence Led to Your Broken Hip, Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or someone you care about has suffered a broken hip caused by someone else’s negligence, the consequences can be long-reaching and serious. After seeking immediate medical attention, consult with an experienced Richmond, Virginia, personal injury attorney. The legal team at Emroch & Kilduff has the experience, expertise, and dedication to fight for your rightful compensation. We will carefully analyze your case, explain your legal rights, and guide you toward your claim’s most just resolution. We’re here to help, so contact or call us at (804) 358-1568 for an initial consultation today.