There are many injuries that can occur in a slip and fall accident. One of the most feared and serious of these injuries is a fractured hip. Unfortunately, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a broken hip is especially prevalent when senior citizens are involved in an accident.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, hip fractures happen most often to people sixty five years or older as a result of a fall. Hip fractures are much more common in women ― who are more likely to develop Osteoporosis, a common bone weakness condition. A person with weaker bones is at a greater risk of suffering a broken bone in a fall. Hip fractures are serious injuries requiring lengthy hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy and often permanent disability.
A hip fracture is usually described as a crack in the thigh bone beneath the hip socket. There are two predominant types of fractures to the hip:
- Intertrochanteric fracture ― when the break is under the top ball-like section of the thigh bone the fracture will likely require surgery including inserting a plate and screws
- Femoral neck fracture ― a break to the bottom of the femur neck itself, separating it from the thigh bone may result in the need for complicated surgeries depending on the patient’s age and the degree of displacement in the break
It is a well accepted principle in tort law is that someone who is negligent takes their victim as they find them. As such, a victim’s pre-existing weakened physical condition is not a defense to the tort. For example, a property owner has an obligation to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. An elderly person who suffers a fractured hip as a result of a dangerous condition on that property, even though a more healthy person may not have suffered the fractured hip, are nevertheless entitled to recover for the full impact the injury has on their lives.
When a senior citizen falls and suffers a serious injury like a fractured hip there are important medical and other decisions that have to be made. An experienced Florida personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Cohn & Smith, P.A can make sure your legal rights are protected as well.