Hip injuries can be particularly painful and debilitating and the injury itself can often be difficult to treat. Whether you can claim compensation for a hip injury depends on various matters. In this article we look at the anatomy of the hip, the causes of hip injuries, whether you are able to make a claim for compensation and the steps that should take if you wish to make a claim for compensation for an injury that you have sustained to your hip.
The anatomy of the hip
For what is the largest joint in the human body the anatomy of the hip is surprisingly simple. It is known as a ball and socket joint. The “ball” is the head of the femur (the thigh bone) whilst the socket, within which the femur articulates itself to allow the necessary movement of the leg, is located in the pelvic bone and is known as the acetabulum. The hip joint is also a synovial joint, the boney cavity being filled with synovial fluid. The hip joint is subjected to very powerful forces but is one of the strongest joints we have, providing a vital role in movement and bearing the weight of the upper part of the body. Nevertheless, it is possible that injuries can be caused to the hip in certain circumstances.
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The types of injury that might be caused to the hip are set out below, as are some of the possible causes.
Common Hip Injuries
- Breaks and Fractures
This type of injury is particularly common in elderly people, especially females, but can be caused in younger people by the type of trauma that is associated with a motor collision or any other accident occurring at speed. Fractures can also be caused by lesser trauma in people who are suffering from some form of congenital hip problem. If a person is suffering from a condition known as osteoporosis, even the slightest slip or trip resulting in a fall can cause a fractured hip.
A dislocation, when the ball of the femur comes out of the socket, has a similar causation to a fracture, namely a motor accident or other incident at high speed. It can also be caused by a fall from height in a young, healthy person. The damage caused by a dislocation of the hip can also include trauma and injury to the ligaments that are located around the joint.
- Labral Tears
Labral tears involve damage to the cartilage of the pelvis, where the ball of the femur repeatedly rubs against it. This can occur due to repeated use of the hip or as a result of a slip, trip or other sort of accident that causes the hip joint to become twisted.
- Snapping Hip Syndrome
Most frequently caused by repeated, vigorous use of the hip joint, especially in athletes, Snapping Hip Syndrome causes a snapping sensation on extension. It is often caused by a thickening of connective tissue and can also result in bursitis.
Bursitis occurs when the bursae (which are sacs filled with fluid to keep the hip joints lubricated and cushioned) become swollen and inflamed. It frequently occurs naturally and can be aggravated by walking.
Can I claim Compensation?
If you have a hip injury and can show firstly that it is not one of those that occurred entirely naturally through the ageing process and, secondly, that it was caused through the fault of someone else, you may be able to make a claim. Even if you have a pre-existing hip condition but the accident caused this to be triggered or worsened, you may still be able to claim. The team at Accinet will listen to you about your accident and give their expert advice on whether a claim for compensation can be made, they also offer this service on a no win no fee basis.