South Carolina Hip & Groin Injury Lawyer
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South Carolina Hip and Groin Injury Attorney
Another common injury that individuals can suffer is an injury to the hip or groin area. These injuries are particularly painful and can be complex injuries that seriously inhibit a person’s ability to walk, stand, or be mobile. These injuries can have life-long impacts and require long-term medical treatment. Hip injurie, in particular, may require a person to get expensive surgeries or even hip replacements. Serious hip injuries are more common in older individuals.
What are common types of Hip and Groin Injuries in South Carolina?
Injuries happen in a variety of different ways. Here are a few possibilities of how a person may injury their hip or groin:
Pulled Muscle or Strains:
“A muscle strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon (the tissue that connects a muscle to a bone) and can range from a minor stretch injury to a partial or complete tear of the muscle fibers or tendon. The injury often happens at the junction where the muscle and tendon meet (musculotendinous junction). Common places for muscle strains in the hip and thigh include the hip flexors, lower abdomen/groin, adductors, quadriceps, and hamstrings.”
Muscle strains in the hip, thigh, or groin can be from an acute injury (such as a sudden movement or accident) or from chronic, repetitive overuse injuries (such as routine workplace injuries from overuse in a physically demanding job). Symptoms include pain in the impacted area, bruising, selling, reduced mobility, difficulty walking, and muscle tightness. Treatments range depend on severity of the pull or strain. Rest from activity, assisted walking with a cane or crutches, pain management medication, and physical therapy is often recommended including strength training and stabilization exercises. Typically, hip and groin strains do not require surgery, though if there is a tear in the muscle this may be required.
A dislocation is an injury in which the ends of your bones are forced from their normal positions. The cause is usually trauma resulting from a fall, an auto or truck accident, or a collision during contact or high-speed sports.
- If you suffered (or believe you suffered) a hip dislocation do these three things:
- Seek medical treatment immediately.
- Do not move the joint. This can cause more damage.
- Put ice on the inured joint to help reduce swelling.
- These injuries are painful and require fast medical attention and treatment. If an injured person fails to get the medial treatment they need, they may suffer from mobility issues in the future.
Hip Fracture / Broken Bone:
- A hip fracture is a serious injury, with complications that can be life-threatening. The risk of hip fracture rises with age.
- Hip fractures are caused by a severe impact, such as a car accident, truck accident, or fall. They can impact a person of any age. However, hip fractures are more common in older individuals. In addition, women are three times more likely to suffer from a hip fracture.
What are common situations that lead to a hip or groin injury in South Carolina?
Hip and groin injuries, like many injuries, can happen from any number of accidents in our everyday lives. Below are some examples of hip and groin injury cases we have seen in South Carolina:
- Car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident: Strong impacts from a car, truck, or motorcycle collision can cause serious injuries including hip and groin injuries. Because of a person’s positioning in a car when they are in an accident, they are at risk of suffering impact to the hip or groin area. These injuries can be very severe.
- Slip and Falls: Unfortunately, slip and falls occur everyday in a variety of circumstances. For example, if there is a spill at a grocery store or at a restaurant, there is a possibility a patron slips on the mess, falls and gets injured. Another example is if there is an uneven pavement or step and a patron trips on it, this fall can result in a hip injury. These injuries are more common in older people.
- Workplace Injuries: Hip injuries may be most common from a workplace accident. There are two types of hip or groin injuries – acute injuries that happen as a result of a sudden movement like a fall or a wreck and routine, repetitive use injuries. Both of these are common in workplaces where work is strenuous and physically demanding.
Hip and groin injuries are painful and can require costly medical treatment and unknown future medical treatments. Hip and groin injuries have the ability to limit a person’s mobility and means of getting around. They impact the victim’s everyday life. If you or a loved one has suffered a hip or groin injury as the result of someone’s negligence or while at work, we can help make sure all your past and future medical bills are paid for and help regain a normalcy to your way of life. Contact us today for a free evaluation. There is never a fee unless we get money for you.
How much is my Hip or Groin Injury case worth in South Carolina?
Every case is different and, therefore, it depends. However, if you hire an experienced and creative attorney like Keibler Law Group, they can rely on top resources, experts, and technologies to convince a jury, the court, and opposing counsel to pay more.
No one can determine how much any case is worth without first analyzing the facts. However, there are certain factors you can use to make an approximate estimation of your claim.
First, you must look at the “economic” damages or those you can quantify. Then you can recover additional, “non-economic” damages for pain and suffering and other damages that are more difficult to quantify. Finally, depending on the particular circumstances, you may be able to recover punitive damages – or damages designed to punish the wrongdoer and deter future bad actors.
The main factor that will affect the value of your claim is the damages, or losses you incurred. The more damages involved in the case, the more your claim is worth because you can be compensated for all of them. Some of the most common forms of damages include
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
Next, you must analyze liability or fault. Who is at fault and how much “fault” will a jury attribute to them? If the other party was 100% at fault, then you can recover 100% of your actual damages. However, South Carolina is a modified comparative fault state – in other words, if a jury determines you are 10% at fault, any award a jury gives you will be reduced by 10%. Keep in mind, your fault must be less than 51%. Additionally, if the at-fault party showed gross negligence or blatant disregard for the safety of others, the courts may award you punitive damages. In this instance, your case will be worth more.
Once liability is established, you need to make sure the defendant has money to pay you. In South Carolina, automobile insurance minimums are $25,000, and, unfortunately, that is what most drivers choose. Therefore, if you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury from a car accident and the at-fault driver only carriers the state minimums and has no other assets, then the max compensation you can receive from that defendant is $25,000. Creative lawyers, however, may be able to locate other responsible parties.
If your catastrophic injury is from a truck accident or product liability case, then the money available to recover is likely much larger. An experience catastrophic injury attorney can help assess the facts in your case to get the most amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Hip & Groin Injury settlements in South Carolina
Often times, hip and groin injury cases are resolved in settlement agreements. This is when the insurance company and/or wrongdoer or “tortfeasor” agrees to cover your costs and damages including past medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, lost anticipated income, and pain and suffering. In return, you agree to not file a lawsuit against the wrongdoer or to dismiss an ongoing lawsuit.
You should not accept insurance company’s lowball offers. Insurers or wrongdoers may try to get you to accept less than you deserve. For back & neck injuries it can be particularly difficult to calculate future damages and, therefore, hiring a knowledgeable South Carolina hip and groin injury lawyer can help get the best results available to you.
What is a Contingency Fee?
How do I pay for the lawyer?
We work on a contingency fee basis meaning the victims we represent pay nothing at all unless we win. Once you receive money from either a settlement or verdict, we receive a certain percentage of that settlement or verdict. If your lawsuit is unsuccessful, you will not owe us any attorney fees. This allows the plaintiff to reap the rewards without risk of having to pay for a loss.