The pelvis is a butterfly-shaped bony structure that protects the bladder, intestines and rectum.  When the pelvis is fractured, the outcome can be deadly.

The majority of pelvic fractures are caused by motor vehicle accidents, such as car crashes, truck accidents and motorcycle collisions.  A serious pelvic fracture can be life threatening and may damage the organs located inside the pelvis.  If the pelvis only has one break point, the bleeding will be limited and it is considered a stable fracture.  If there are two or more breaks, the injury is considered unstable and there is often severe bleeding.

Symptoms of a pelvic fracture include the following:

  • Pain in the abdominal region
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Bleeding
  • Difficulty standing
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain in the thigh or buttock
  • Loss of nerve function

A broken pelvis is often accompanied by other injuries, such as damage to organs and blood vessels. Internal bleeding and shock may result from a pelvic fracture caused by a catastrophic accident. 

This type of injury generally requires extensive surgery and a prolonged period of physical therapy and rehabilitation.  During surgery, the orthopedic surgeon will use an internal device to hold the pelvic bones in place, such as pins, compression screw and side plate or plates and screws. 

A pelvic fracture is a painful injury that has a long recovery time.  Even a minor fracture can take eight to 12 weeks to heal. Therefore, the medical expenses can quickly add up. If you have injured your pelvis in a car, motorcycle or truck accident caused by the other driver, you can and should hold that person accountable.  You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries that will not only include your medical expenses, but also lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other costs associated with your injuries.

For more information and free legal consultation, contact an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney at Steinberg at 1-800-350-8888.  We handle accident cases in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and throughout California.
Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982