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Pelvic Fractures

Pelvic Fracture Claims

Pelvic fractures involve the disruption of the bony ring which forms the pelvis, hip bone, sacrum and coccyx. The most common cause of a fracture in any of these areas is a fall in an elderly person but the most significant fractures involve high energy forces such as motor vehicle or motorcycle accidents, cycling accidents or falling from significant a height, e.g. a ladder.

The pelvis cradles so many internal organs that it can cause significant internal bleeding. X-rays and CT scans are often used to diagnose such fractures. If a person is involved in such an accident stabilisation is usually the first emergency treatment provided and when this has been effected the pelvis etc can be corrected with surgery.

We often hear of “open book fractures”, resulting from heavy impact to the groin (pubis) which is a common motorcycling injury. The left and right halves of the pelvis are separated both rear and front. Usually these require surgical reconstruction. Forces from anterior or posterior in head-on car accidents can cause external rotation of the hemipelvis. These types of fractures increase the risk of infection and haemorrhaging and others have associated urological problems.

If you would like any advice regarding symptoms which could have been as a result of personal injury accidents or clinical negligence, please contact us.