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The pelvis is one of the most important parts of the framework of the human body. The pelvic bones, and the ligaments and soft tissues connected to it, form an anchor for the vital muscles that enable movement in the hips, thighs and torso. The pelvic bone structure also protects vital organs within the body.
Injuries to the pelvis can be extremely serious and often cause a permanent disability, even death. In cases where pelvic fractures are sustained, the injured person is likely to face surgery, a lengthy period of hospital treatment and months of ongoing recovery.
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The pelvis explained
The pelvis forms the join between our lower limbs, spine and upper body. The strength and integrity of the pelvis is vital to the normal mobile functioning of the human body. Its bones include the sacrum, coccyx (also known as the tail bone) and coxal (hip). The hip is formed from 3 bones; the ilium, the ischium and the pubis, which meet at the centre to form the socket of the hip bone (acetabulum).
In adults, the pelvic bones join and form four joints known medically as the left and right sacroiliac joints, the sacrococcygeal joint, and the pubic symphysis.
Any injury to these bones or pelvic components will cause great pain, restricted mobility and distress.
Common causes of injury
Injuries to the hips, pelvis and pelvic area are commonly associated with severe trauma, such as in road traffic accidents or as a result of a fall from height in the workplace. However, injuries to the bones and soft tissues of the pelvis can also be sustained in slipping and tripping accidents.
Other causes can include crushing injuries from heavy items falling upon someone, or as a result of high-impact sporting activities.
The impact of pelvic injuries
Injuries to the pelvis and pelvic region are notoriously painful and will require intensive medical treatments and lengthy recovery periods. In many cases, severe trauma to the pelvic bones will cause a permanent injury affecting future strength and mobility.
The majority of those injured will spend a considerable time unable to bear weight through the pelvis, and will have to use crutches or wheelchairs, facing a massive loss of independence.
Pelvic injuries are often associated with a requirement for surgical intervention, possible hip replacement surgery and lengthy ongoing rehabilitation therapy. As such, it is often the case that a person will face a lengthy time away from work and be left coping with a loss of income, plus a need for daily help to dress, wash and carry out everyday activities.
How will a claim for pelvis injury compensation benefit me?
Any person who has suffered an injury to the pelvis as a result of a non-fault accident has a right to make a claim for compensation against the negligent third party.
If successful with your claim, you will be entitled to a compensation settlement which covers the pain and discomfort of your pelvic injury. The value of which could be substantial and will take into account the long term prognosis of recovery.
You’ll also be entitled to recover any loss of income, medical expenses and other costs incurred as a result.
Given the severity of pelvis injuries and the often permanent implications that such injuries have on the injured party, claiming compensation is a sensible and reasonable choice.
Apart from a financial benefit to succeeding with a claim, compensation may also help you to access specialist rehabilitation therapies to aid your recovery process. In cases where liability is admitted, you can seek funding from the defendant for private medical care and intensive physiotherapy.
At Direct2Compensation, our specialist solicitors will ensure that your claim is represented accurately, thoroughly and fairly. They will instruct leading medical experts to provide detailed reports to ensure an appropriate financial settlement.
The most serious of injuries to the pelvis and hip can be as devastating as a leg amputation and therefore attract a similar award of damages. The following figures are a guide to how much compensation you might expect for the injury itself, your final settlement could be a lot more when other costs are taken into account.
|Severity of injury||Compensation amount|
|Extensive fractures with lasting and disabling consequences||£59,600 - £109,450|
|Slightly less severe injuries which still have permanent effects||£47,050 - £65,560|
|Not quite as severe as above, but degenerative changes apparent||£29,800 - £43,890|
|Significant injury but without permanent disability||£20,200 - £32,780|
|Moderate injury requiring hip replacement with a successful outcome||£9,575 - £22,220|
|Injuries with no residual disability, or where there has been a complete recovery within two years||£3,000 - £10,530|
|Minor soft tissue injury with complete recovery||up to £3,300|
How Direct2Compensation can help
At Direct2Compensation we specialise in helping people who have suffered serious physical and emotional trauma. We know that injuries to the pelvis can cause intense physical pain, restricted physical strength, impair mobility and cause emotional distress.
Our easy to understand No Win No Fee claims process and our specially trained staff will ensure that you are able to pursue your claim with confidence. From the start through to the end, we’ll ensure that you have a direct route of contact to your solicitor and we’re always available to help you should any issues arise or if you require further assistance.
You can call our friendly and helpful staff on 01225 430285 or get your claim started online today. We take pride in making sure that you feel understood and look forward to helping you make your claim.