Our bodies naturally want to move forward during a collision, which is why seat belts tighten around our pelvis to keep us in our vehicles. When a high-speed crash or very serious collision occurs, the potential for a pelvic injury increases due to the force placed on the pelvis. Although rare, pelvic fractures do occur, especially in high-impact wrecks.
When a pelvic fracture results, victims of Atlanta auto accidents may be able to identify this injury by the following symptoms:
- Leg pain
- Tingling in groin and legs
- Abdominal pain
- Hip pain
- Bleeding in urine or stool
- Motor dysfunction
- Sensory impairments
- Difficulty walking
What’s frightening is that a pelvic injury typically causes massive amounts of internal bleeding, which victims cannot see. This is why if you have any of the above listed symptoms following a Georgia car crash you need to seek medical treatment immediately. Additionally, if the pelvic bone break, it is likely that other internal organs are injured as well, which could be life-threatening. This is because the pelvic bone (a ring of five bones) protects the intestines, rectum, and bladder. However, not all pelvic injuries pose such a serious threat. Here are the two types of pelvic fractures:
- Unstable – when two or more pelvic breaks occur, the potential for severe bleeding and massive blood loss can occur
- Stable – when the bones stay intact, limited bleeding occurs, which sometimes can heal without surgery
When pelvic fractures happen in Atlanta car crashes, victims may have a long recovery road ahead of them that can include tests, surgery, bed rest, and physical therapy. During this time, victims will not be able to work and will need to rely on crutches or a wheelchair to get around. They will also need to rely on others for help cooking, cleaning, and taking care of themselves.
Not only do victims need to follow their doctor’s advice to ensure their physical recovery, but they also need to speak with an experienced accident attorney to make sure they make the best financial recovery. Medical expenses, surgical costs, and physical therapy bills can add up fast, especially when a victim cannot work due to the injury. Turn to an Atlanta personal injury law firm for help seeking compensation for your pelvic injury. For more information, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free, no-obligation consultation at 770-HURT-999 to find out more about your rights today.