Christa R. Haggai, Attorney-at-Law
The pelvis is a ring-like structure of bones, which consists of three bones (1) the ilium; (2) the ischium; and (3) the pubis. Pelvic fractures are common injuries in automobile versus pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle or slip and fall accidents. These injuries can be extremely painful and recovery can take a while, significantly impacting the patient’s life.
Symptoms for a pelvic fracture may include:
Stable fractures may not require surgery. These fractures require that the patient use crutches or a walker, and will not be able to put all of their weight on their legs while walking. Pelvic fractures that result from high-energy trauma, such as car accidents, are often life-threatening injuries because of the extensive bleeding. In these cases, doctors may use an external fixator to stabilize the pelvic area. This device has long screws that are inserted into the bones on each side and connected to a frame outside the body. These high-energy fractures may have significant complications, including severe bleeding, internal organ damage, and infection.