The Dangers of Hip and Thigh Injuries
Breaking a large bone or injuring a major joint is a serious injury for anyone. Suffering a broken thigh or hip when you are elderly, however, can have devastating consequences.
Injuries such as these can result in further injury and illness, a decreased quality of life and in some cases, death. To find out if you have a case, please call our Fishkill injury law firm at 845-896-5295.
I am Ira M. Maurer, a personal injury trial attorney in New York. If you or a family member has suffered a thigh or hip injury in a vehicle accident, fall, nursing home accident, construction accident or railroad work accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. I will do everything possible to help you obtain damages for medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any related expenses. With more than 30 years of experience and a successful record of verdicts and settlements, I have the skill and reputation necessary to pursue compensation for you in federal or state court. My efforts have earned me a lifetime membership in the national Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
"Ira M. Maurer is a superb attorney. He is very professional and he will fight for you in and out of court to get you the best settlement possible. Besides getting a great attorney you will also gain a new friend. When meeting with him he explains the trial procedures, who the witnesses are that will testify and why. He also has a great deal of knowledge about medicine and works with your doctor to make sure the medical evidence offered during the trial will help win your case, and the damages you deserve. Ira`s main goal is the client. He is very knowledgeable and has no difficulties going up against a large corporation."
What Are Common Causes of Hip Fractures?
Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of hip fractures. In addition to falls, car accidents, workplace accidents, and accidents on public transportation can all result in hip fractures.
When your hip fracture is the result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to hold that person accountable and seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
If you break your thigh bone (femur), you may have to spend weeks in traction and wear a cast covering the leg and part of the pelvis. In some cases, patients need surgical remedies such as external fixation, plates and screws, or a rod placed in the femur.
These fractures typically take a minimum of three to six months to heal, depending on the type of fracture and the age and health of the patient. However, treatment may take longer if the fracture was caused by a traumatic accident that also injured the surrounding soft tissue and nerves.
If you break a hip, you will need major surgery and rehabilitative therapy. Broken hips can cause permanent disability, especially in older patients. The extended period of inactivity following hip surgery can lead to serious conditions such as pneumonia, malnutrition, infection and muscle weakness. In some cases, the broken hip does not heal, which may require additional surgery.
Hip and thigh injuries often require long hospital stays, physical therapy, surgeries and months of follow-up care. You will need compensation for medical bills and lost income, especially if your injury prevents you from returning to work in the future.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Hip Fracture Case in New York?
In the state of New York, you have three years from the date of a hip injury to seek compensation through legal action. Waiting may not be in your best interest, however. The sooner you file a claim, the more thorough the investigative process can be, helping to establish liability and working towards faster compensation for your damages.
Who Should I Contact First Following My Hip Injury?
The first person to contact is your physician. If your hip injury will result in medical expenses, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering, it is also a good idea to contact a lawyer.
Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can help to protect you against the tactics used by the insurance companies to force a quick settlement, helping to ensure that you are not cheated out of fair compensation.
What Kind of Evidence Is Needed for a Hip Injury?
Evidence that may be useful in a hip injury case include:
- Video of the accident
- Photographs of the scene
- Emergency personnel reports
- Medical records
- Expert testimony
Gathering evidence for your claim is the job of your attorney who will conduct an investigation and work with experts as needed to make sure nothing is overlooked.
How Can I Prepare for My Case in Court?
Nearly all hip injury claims settle before trial. This means that you will most likely not be required to go to court. If the best outcome will require a jury trial, your attorney will prepare your case for litigation and provide you with instructions on how to prepare.
While only a handful of these claims go to trial, we prepare all cases for litigation, helping to ensure we can provide solid representation under all circumstances.
How Long Can a Case Take To Settle? What Kind of Compensation Should I Expect?
The average personal injury claim takes two to twelve months to settle. It will take longer if your claim requires a trial.
Compensation that we will fight for includes:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Home modifications, such as ramps
- Adaptive technologies, such as a walker or wheelchair
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
There are no caps on personal injury damages in the state of New York. Attorney Maurer and our staff are prepared to fight tirelessly on your behalf, doing everything possible to help you secure the full compensation you are due.