Pelvic injuries from a vehicle accident are often costly to treat

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Pelvic injuries from a vehicle accident are often costly to treat

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Motor vehicle accidents are a top cause of severe and catastrophic injuries. You are probably familiar with serious injuries such as spinal cord damage and brain trauma. However, in some cases, a pelvic fracture is severe as well.

The pelvic area or pelvic ring contains many small bones, including the coccyx and the sacrum. In high-speed collisions, the pelvis is vulnerable to injury — particularly fractures in one or more of these bones. For example, if a pelvic ring breaks on one side, it will likely fracture on the opposite side as well.

Two types of pelvic fractures

Depending on the severity of the crash, fractures in the pelvis are either stable or unstable. When stable, it means that although the pelvic ring has broken, its bones remain aligned and have a good chance of healing well.

Unstable pelvic fractures, on the other hand, are usually much more severe. An unstable fracture involves two or more pelvic bones with the ends of these broken bones unaligned or aligned improperly.

These fractures also pose a risk of complications, including heavy bleeding and damage to internal organs. If the broken bones protrude outside of the skin, it is an open fracture and could lead to an increased risk of infection at the injury site.

Get the compensation you need

The costs associated with the treatment of pelvic injuries can be very high. For example, severe, pelvic breaks may involve surgery to insert screws into the damaged area. Many patients must also endure a period of traction after such injuries.

If you have suffered pelvic injuries in a crash, consider learning about your compensation options. You will likely need significant financial resources to cover the necessary treatment.