Hip fractures after a fall: more than just a broken bone

As a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver, Washington, I have seen my fair share of broken hips. A broken hip occurs when the femur breaks at or near the hip joint.

They can be caused by different things. By far, the most common cause of hip fractures is a fall, with 95 percent of hip fractures occurring as a result of a sideways fall. Car accidents also cause hip fractures in large numbers.

They vary in severity, as well.

One thing they all have in common, however, is that they are more than just a broken bone. For the elderly especially, a hip fracture can lead to a whole host of health problems, many of which are preventable. Proper recovery requires work and dedication.

When dealing with the legal aspects of a hip fracture, the same is true. It is not enough to focus merely on the fracture itself. Proper legal representation when someone breaks another person’s hip requires attention to the effect on the person as a whole. What other health problems became worse after the hip fracture? Did the person’s aging process accelerate due to the immobility that occurs after a hip fracture? These are all things that must be considered, among others.