Pedestrian accidents are often considered incidents involving a moving motor vehicle colliding into a person outside of an automobile. While this is how most pedestrian accidents in Sarasota occur, other pedestrian accidents result from slip and fall accidents due to:
- Uneven flooring
- Hidden holes in the ground
- Cracked sidewalk
- Wet flooring
When a trip, slip, and fall accident occurs due to one of the conditions listed above, a pedestrian may suffer a fractured femur as a result. When a broken femur occurs, other injuries to a pedestrian typically result as well. In fact, leg bones, knees, hips, and pelvic bones often accompany femur fractures in a fall accident. Additionally, lower leg injuries such as tibia and fibula fractures can also occur. When these injuries happen in a slip and fall accident, surgery is almost always required.
A true femur fracture takes place in the shaft of the femur, called a femoral shaft fracture; whereas a femoral neck fracture occurs to the narrow neck between the shaft and the head of the femur. Additionally, a femoral head fracture is a fracture to the head of the femur bone or near the ball at the top of the joint, and a proximal femur fracture is known as a hip fracture because the area fractured involves part of the thigh bone adjacent to the hip.
Open fractures of the femur are often possible, causing intense bleeding and the possibility of infection in and around the bone. Because there are many nerves running through the femur area, permanent nerve damage can occur along with some femur fractures.
Pedestrians who have injured their femurs in car accidents or slip and fall accidents typically have to undergo surgery in which metal rod or plates and screws are inserted to reconnect the ends of the bones. This type of surgery can be expensive and painful. Following surgery, victims will need to attend physical therapy and follow-up doctor visits, making it hard to return to work and make a living. Not only can a fractured femur be painful and inconvenient, it can also be costly and put a financial and physical strain of the injured pedestrian and his or her family.
To make sure you receive the financial compensation that you are entitled to for your pedestrian injury in Florida, you need to talk with the Sarasota pedestrian injury lawyers at Mallard Law Firm who are knowledgeable in Florida’s personal injury laws and experienced handling femur fracture cases. The Mallard Law Firm has helped numerous pedestrian accident victims make financial recoveries for their medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today at 888-409-3805 for a free consultation and a free copy of our book What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.