In many cases, slip and fall accidents occur suddenly and completely unexpectedly. You may find yourself laying on the ground, stunned, confused, and in severe pain. Unfortunately, one common type of slip and fall injury is a hip fracture—an injury that can result in substantial discomfort and the need for ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Three Types of Treatment for Hip Fractures
How will you know that you have suffered a hip fracture? A medical professional should make this diagnosis as soon as possible after your accident. There are certain common signs, however, that may indicate that a fracture exists even before the diagnosis is made. These signs include an inability to move after the fall, severe pain in the hip or groin area, and difficulty walking on the side where the injury took place.
Once the injury is diagnosed, the next step is treatment.The following are some of the common types of treatment for a hip fracture:
- Surgery to implant metal hardware in order to hold the bones in place, replace a part of the femur, or replace the entire hip joint. The type of surgery performed will depend on the extent of the damage.
- Medication to reduce inflammation and manage pain. The pain may also be intensified by physical therapy sessions.
- Rehabilitation may be necessary in order to restore strength in your hip and leg.
These treatments can often be costly and can extend for many months or years into the future. In order to maximize your chances for obtaining compensation for your costs, it is important to take action quickly. The Atlanta slip and fall accident lawyers at Kaufman Law, P.C. offer free consultations – contact us today to discuss your potential premises liability case with an attorney.