Hip Fracture Lawyer
In the most serious pelvic fracture cases, the organs protected by the pelvic bones can be injured when the hip breaks. This can cause embolisms, internal hemorrhaging or ruptured organs, which may lead to death. Even when there are no internal injuries, patients may never recover the mobility they had before the accident. Hip and Pelvis Fracture Lawyer servicing the Galveston, League City, Friendswood, Beaumont, Baytown, Pearland, and Sugarland, and Houston, Texas areas. Our Attorney handles hip fractures & pelvis fracture cases involving serious injuries from slip and fall accidents. Contact our pelvis fracture attorney to get your legal questions answered.
In every serious injury case, our Texas hip fracture attorneys start preparing the case for trial from day one. While your case may settle before trial, preparing for the courtroom helps us to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. Do you need someone to turn to after a hip injury? At the Pascoe Law Firm our clients have at least one lawyer dedicated to managing their case from start to finish and always know who to turn to when they have questions or concerns.
Anatomy of the Hip
The hip is made up of three (3) bones, the ilium, ischium and pubis, which meet at the acetabulum, which forms part of the hip joint. The hip joint is between the femur, the largest bone of both the leg and body, and acetabulum of the pelvis, and its main function is to support a person’s body weight when standing still and when walking or jogging. The hip joint is the most important part of the body for maintaining balance.
The hip joint has an articular capsule that attaches to the outside of the acetabular lip. The capsule permits the hip joint to have the second largest range of movement by being strong and loose. The capsule is also fibrous by consisting of longitudinal and circular fibers, the former traveling along the femoral neck carrying blood vessels while the latter forming a collar around the femoral neck.
The hip joint is reinforced by four (4) ligaments. Three (3) of these ligaments are extracapsular ligaments that attach to the bones of the pelvis to strengthen the capsule and prevent excessive joint movement, while one is an intracapsular ligament that is attached to the acetabulum and femoral head, which stretches only when the hip is dislocated and acts to prevent further displacement of the hip. The hip’s muscles have three (3) degrees of freedom with three (3) pairs of principle directions passing through the femoral head.
Fracture in the Hip
Most hip fractures occur in the upper portion of the thigh (femur) bone. The extent of the fracture is usually determined by the amount of force involved in the injury. Some hip fractures can heal without extensive treatment, while others require surgery or a hip replacement. The hip consists of a ball and socket joint where the upper leg is allowed to rotate and bend from the pelvis. A hip fracture usually involves only the leg portion of the joint and not the acetabulum, or the socket where the hipbone rests.
Common Types of Fractures in the Hip
There are different causes to hip fractures. However, the most common types of fractures happen from falling or by direct impact to the hip. There are specific conditions that can cause a hip fracture including stress injuries, obesity, cancer or osteoporosis. Usually, fractures of the hipbone can be painful where the intense sensation appears in the groin or upper thigh. Commonly, the individual experiences significant discomfort anytime the hip is rotated or flexed.