If you were driving your motorcycle and another driver hit you, you may have suffered multiple breaks of your pelvic bones. This is not a problem to be taken lightly as it could be a life-threatening injury.

Pelvic fractures often require surgery after a motorcycle accident. This is because the injuries tend to be much more serious for motorcyclists than riders in other vehicles, as the motorcycle driver lacks the protection that a passenger vehicle provides. Sometimes, you might need more than one surgery to repair your pelvic break. This could be for a number of reasons, such as having several fractures in different parts of the pelvis, the need to first stabilize your medical condition to save your life, or your inability to tolerate more than one surgery at a time.

But there are also other potentially deadly complications you could face as a result of long-term immobility following surgery to repair a fractured pelvis. Serious problems include:

  • Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot that forms deep in the body)
  • Pulmonary embolism (a sudden blockage of a lung artery often caused by a blood clot)
  • Pneumonia
  • Bowel obstruction

To try to prevent these problems, your medical treatment could include deep breathing and frequent coughing, consuming enough liquids and fiber, ankle and leg exercises and leg compresses.

Your road to recovery after a pelvic fracture could be long and challenging and it may be hard to see light at the end of the tunnel. Your medical bills could be mounting, and you won’t receive your paycheck because you can’t work. You are entitled to be compensated by the driver who hit you for these damages.

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Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982