Pedestrians who get struck by a motor vehicle likely will suffer from injuries. Some of these injuries, such as hip fractures, can be very serious, as a broken hip is one of the most complex fractures. In most cases, this type of fracture will require surgery. It usually isn’t possible to just put a cast on the fracture and wait for it to heal.
If you were struck by a car, you should be very careful when you get up from the ground. In some cases, you won’t be able to get up. If you notice that you have severe pain in one hip, groin or upper thigh area, you might have broken your hip. Not being able to put any weight on your leg and an inability to walk can also signal a hip fracture.
When you seek medical care after a pedestrian accident, you will likely have to undergo imaging tests. If you think you have a hip fracture or have signs of a hip fracture, your doctor will try to confirm this diagnosis. The imaging tests can serve as the confirmation, but they also provide valuable information that will affect your treatment plan.
One of the things a doctor looks at when reviewing the imaging test results is the type of fracture that is present. The location and severity of the fracture can affect the course of treatment.
As you can imagine, the medical care necessary is expensive. You might choose to seek compensation for the injury, as this might help you be able to afford the care you need.
Source: WebMD, “Hip Fracture – Topic Overview,” accessed Nov. 27, 2015