Some attorney websites say hip fracture cases are “high value cases,” most likely citing that 9% of hip fracture case awards are over $1 million dollars. While statistical data can be helpful, it can also be misleading to car accident victims.
Hip fractures are painful and recovery is difficult. Recovery is long and results in a loss of mobility. Spending long periods of time immobile also comes with risks. There are many illnesses and injuries associated with bed rest, including bed sores and blood clots. Because treatment and recovery from a hip fracture is so complicated and painful, some personal injury attorneys like to “chase” these cases because of their assumed value.
Here are some things to consider if you have fractured your hip in a car accident and are planning to file suit:
Get Medical Attention
You should always consult a doctor about your treatment and rehabilitation. In most cases, you have two years to file suit after a car accident. You should use that time to recover from your injuries. Your physical health should guide your decision making. Be wary of attorneys who try to pursue your case while you are still in recovery.
Learn how to Communicate with Insurance Adjusters
Virginia personal injury attorney Ben Glass talks about how car accident victims should communicate with insurance adjusters in his book 5 Deadly Sins that Can Wreck Your Injury Claim. You can pick up a free copy on his website and find other resources, including videos, that will help you speak to insurance adjusters.
Manage Your Medical Bills
Submit all your medical bills to your health insurance company. If there are bills unpaid by your health insurance company, ask your car insurance company if you have MedPay to help cover the cost of your treatment. It may take a year or more before you see a settlement for your case, and it is important to keep your medical bills out of collection.
If you have broken your hip in a car accident and want to speak with an attorney, call BenGlassLaw at (703)584-7277. You can also visit JustAskBenGlass.com and submit your question through our confidential webform.