Hip Replacement Compensation Claims
TSR Injury Law is a leading personal injury law firm serving Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. We are passionate about helping injured people find justice. Our partners have years of experience and a history of winning impressive settlements, including a recent $1.5 million verdict for a hip fracture.
Hip replacement surgery following a car accident or motorcycle accident happens all too often. When it does, you need expert legal representation to secure adequate compensation for your potential loss of quality of life. Contact a licensed Minnesota personal injury lawyer by calling (612) TSR-TIME.
Minnesota Hip Replacement
Hip replacement surgery may be recommended if you have suffered severe hip damage. It involves removing the damaged hip joint and replacing it with an artificial one. Statistics show that hip replacements last 15 years in 95% of the cases. Possible scenarios for needing a hip replacement:
- Car crash victim suffered dislocated left hip and an impacted comminuted fracture of the acetabula and posterior wall of the right hip — after 8 months of rehabilitation, the car crash victim developed sciatic neuropathy of the right leg resulting in drop foot syndrome and needed hip replacement
- Truck crash victim suffered herniated disc, fractured pelvis, and fractured hip — initially these injuries healed but the victim developed post-traumatic arthritis and required hip replacement
- Motorcycle crash victim suffered numerous fractures of left hip, including fracture of femoral head, closed reduction surgery was performed — second surgery necessary and screws used to hold large bone fragments in place, but hip could not be stabilized leading to third surgery performed to do hip replacement
Hip Replacement Complications
There can be many complications with a hip replacement. They include:
- Blood clots in the leg veins can develop due to decreased movement of the leg after surgery or possible injury to the veins during surgery. Blood-thinning medications are normally prescribed to prevent clots from forming. Compression devices or elastic stockings can be used to increase blood flow through the veins in your legs and reduce the risk of clots.
- Infections can occur at the incision and in the deep tissue near the new hip. Most infections can be treated with antibiotics, but a major infection near the prosthesis may require further surgery to remove and replace the prosthesis.
- A fracture can happen during surgery to healthy areas of the hip joint.
- Dislocation of the new hip joint can be an issue. If the artificial hip dislocates repeatedly, surgery may be required to stabilize it.
- The artificial hip can break, requiring another surgery to replace the broken joint.
- Change in leg length. The surgeon takes steps to avoid this problem, but occasionally the new hip will make the leg longer or shorter than the other one.
- Stiff joint, from the soft tissue hardening around the joint and making it difficult to move.
- The prosthetic hip joint may wear out, requiring a second hip replacement surgery.
Need Some Help?
There are many things to consider after a serious injury in an accident due to negligence. One thing that has to be evaluated is the amount of compensation needed to cover all of the possible medical expenses that could be incurred during your lifetime because of this injury.
The attorneys at TSR Injury Law have years of experience analyzing and valuing injury cases. We will check for additional insurance policies to maximize your benefits, do all of the paperwork, and file your claim. Call (612) TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form.