Pelvis injury compensation claims
In this article we explain everything you must know about making a pelvis injury compensation claim.
The pelvis is a complex structure composed of bones and ligaments. Its major functions are to support the body, anchor the powerful muscles of the hip, thigh and abdomen and protect a variety of internal organs.
The bones of the pelvis include the sacrum, the coccyx (tail bone) and the left and right coxal (hip) bones. Each hip bone is made up of 3 bones; the ilium, the ischium and the pubis, which meet at the centre to form the socket of the hip bone (acetabulum).
In the adult pelvis the bones join together to form four joints: the left and right sacroiliac joints, the sacrococcygeal joint, and the pubic symphysis.
Injuries to the pelvis may be devastating. As well as bruised and strained muscles, fractures and dislocations may occur. The most serious injuries may also include damage to the internal organs.
Serious injuries to the pelvis are usually caused by high energy impacts.
Considerable force is needed to dislocate a hip or fracture the pelvis - a pedestrian hit by a car, or a motorcyclist involved in a collision may sustain these type of injuries. A road traffic accident involving impact with a large vehicle, or an immovable object such as a crash barrier may cause trauma to the pelvis.
Falling from a height in the workplace may also result in similar injuries. Additionally a worker falling from a ladder or slipping and falling backwards may sustain painful injuries to the sacrum or coccyx.
High-energy force may crush the pelvic area - for example a large object falling on to a claimant - or impact from large machinery in the workplace.
Participants in high impact sports such as rugby may also sustain pelvic injuries.
What are the effects of pelvic injuries?
Injuries to the pelvis are extremely painful; even once pain has subsided serious injuries such as fractures and dislocations may lead to mobility being greatly restricted for a lengthy period.
Injuries may take at least 2 to 3 months to heal, during which time the patient will need to be on crutches to avoid putting pressure on the damaged area. He may need lengthy physiotherapy to restore movement and muscle function and may walk with a limp afterwards.
The most serious types of pelvic injury may involve multiple fractures leading to significant disability. An external fixator may be necessary, with long screws inserted into the bones on both sides and attached to a frame outside the body in order to stabilise the pelvic area.
Further surgery, such as hip replacement or spinal fusion may be recommended, causing further delay to mobility and independence.
Where there has been damage to nerves and internal organs as a result of the accident, a claimant may find he has some lack of control of bladder and bowel functions or sexual dysfunction.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
Anyone sustaining an injury to the pelvis whether through a road traffic accident or workplace incident should pursue a claim if they have sustained financial, physical or psychological damage.
Special damages are paid to reimburse medical expenses, loss of income and future earnings and other out of pocket expenses. Claimants may also seek compensation for general damages for the pain and suffering sustained.
As the most severe injuries to the pelvis and hip can be as distressing as a leg amputation they may be assessed accordingly.
A no win no fee agreement (more correctly known as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is agreed between a claimant and a PI lawyer.
The no win no fee agreement is in essence the conditions under which the solicitor works for the claimant.
It sets out what the lawyers will do as well as how he will be paid if the case is successful.
If you choose Quittance for your pelvis injury compensation claim there will be no hidden or extra charges , nothing to pay up-front and the reassurance that you will never be financially out of pocket.
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim pelvis injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
Road traffic accident claims
Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.
Find out more about claiming pelvis injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.
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