You may have managed to go through you entire life without breaking a bone; it's almost a source of pride because you have been very careful and very lucky. Unfortunately, even the most careful people can be taken by surprise when an erratic driver crashes into their vehicle and causes sudden and severe injuries. The force of a car crash is strong and fast—the perfect storm when it comes to causing serious fractures. A car wreck can even fracture the pelvis, a strong bone that is typically a lot harder to injure.
Why Are Pelvic Fractures So Serious?
The pelvis is not "just" a bone. It is comprised of three bones that are connected to the large triangular bone at the base of the spine by strong ligaments. These ligaments and bones make the structure of the pelvis. The pelvis acts as a foundation for the entire lower half of your body, makes it possible for you to walk, and protects your bladder, reproductive organs, and other organs in that region. It is an incredibly essential part of the human body.
Pelvic fractures can be extremely serious when you are involved in a car crash because many times, it's not just the bones that are affected. With its close proximity to vital organs, nerves, and blood vessels, the possibility of massive bleeding, organ damage, or nerve injury is quite real. In some circumstances, a pelvic fracture can even be fatal.
How Do You Know If You Have a Fractured Pelvis?
The only way to truly know if you have a pelvis fracture is by obtaining a diagnosis from a trained medical professional. However, there are certainly warning signs that can signal to you that you need to seek emergency care as soon as possible. Symptoms of a fractured pelvis may include:
- Pain in the hip, groin, or lower back.
- Numbness or tingling in the legs or groin.
- Problems with standing up or walking normally.
- Trouble urinating.
- Bleeding from the urethra, vagina, or rectum.
Pelvic fractures can be a serious medical condition and should not be taken lightly following a car accident.
Contact a Dallas-Area Attorney After Suffering a Pelvic Fracture in a Car Accident
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a car crash it's highly recommended you speak with an experienced car crash attorney. To learn more about how The Hart Law Firm can help you, contact us online or call us directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation. We represent clients throughout Texas including Colleyville, Irving, Euless, Arlington, North Richland, Grapevine, Bedford, Hurst and all points in between.