A pelvic fracture is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening injury, often caused by a Sarasota car accident. The pelvis is comprised of a group of bones at the base of the spine in the shape of a butterfly. The pelvis protects many internal organs and nerves. A pelvic injury can range from mild to severe, with a differing long-term prognosis according to the degree of damage. The following is an overview of what to expect from a pelvic fracture diagnosis.

Generally, there are two degrees of pelvic fracture. The injury will be classified as either stable or unstable.

  • A stable pelvic fracture has only one break in the pelvis. The bones of the pelvis are able to stay in place. This type of fracture may heal in several weeks without requiring surgery.
  • An unstable pelvis fracture has two or more breaks in the pelvis and is accompanied by moderate to severe bleeding. This type of fracture may be life-threatening and may require:
  • surgery
  • many weeks of physical therapy
  • rehabilitation
  • immediate emergency room treatment

Unstable pelvis fractures are common following Sarasota motor vehicle accidents.

Depending on whether the pelvic fracture is stable or unstable, the prognosis will vary. The victim of a pelvic fracture might expect to experience any of the following:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • bruising
  • shock due to loss of blood
  • internal bleeding
  • organ damage
  • infection
  • nerve damage
  • impaired mobility

The loss of blood or damage to internal organs associated with the injury can also lead to death if not treated immediately. The Sarasota pelvic fracture is also often accompanied by injuries to the chest, head, abdomen, and legs. In order to diagnose the injury, medical professionals will analyze the results of X-rays and CT scans.

Pelvic fractures are often caused by an extreme force, such as that which occurs during a Florida car accident. If you or a loved one suffered a pelvic fracture, contact an experienced Sarasota auto accident attorney to protect your legal rights. For more information, complete our online submission form or call our office at (888) 409-3805.

Damian Mallard, Esq.
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