Riding motorcycles can be risky, especially when riding next to someone else on the road who is reckless, careless, or drunk. If a Sarasota motorcycle crash occurs, a motorcyclist can suffer many different types of injuries. One type of injury that is a fairly common for motorcyclists is a pelvic fracture.
The pelvis supports the upper body and spinal column through a ring of five bones that is located at the base of the spine. The ring of bones supports and protects the bladder, intestines, and rectum. If the pelvic bones break, the organs that are protected by the pelvis can be injured as well. This is why some pelvic fractures can be life threatening and why there are different levels of pelvic injuries. Types of pelvic fractures include:
- Stable – in this type of injury there is one break in the pelvic ring and the bones generally stay intact with limited bleeding. This is typically considered a minor pelvic injury that can heal without surgery.
- Unstable – this injury involves two or more pelvic breaks with moderate to severe bleeding. The bones generally do not keep their place, and surgery is needed to repair the bones.
Some pelvic fractures following South Florida motorcycle accidents can be unstable and completely disrupted, which is the worst kind of pelvic fractures. These fractures can cause serious internal bleeding and massive blood loss that can often be deadly. In addition, traumatic pelvic fractures can cause:
- Chronic pain
- Bowel damage
- Bladder and urethra damage
- Injuries to the vagina
- Prostate and gastrointestinal damage
Following a Florida motorcycle accident fractured-pelvis injury, victims may need surgery, which would cause them to need crutches or a wheelchair to move around. Additionally, physical therapy may be required and the recovery time may take several months, during which the victim may be required to keep his or her weight off the affected bones.
Not only do victims have to recover physically but they need to recover financially if their injuries were caused as a result of another’s negligence. A Sarasota personal injury lawyer should be contacted for help so that you can receive the recovery that you deserve following this serious injury.
For more information about your rights and how to get the best possible recovery, talk with a knowledgeable attorney at the Mallard Law Firm today at 888-409-3805 in a free, no obligation case consultation.