Why are hip fractures so devastating for elderly people?
We often hear of older relatives or family friends falling and injuring their hips, but many people are not aware that this injury is often devastating for the victim. This article explores the reasons why elderly people are more susceptible to these types of injuries, what complications are associated with hip fractures, and what symptoms to look for. Additionally, you should know that pursuing legal action is an option if you or a loved one sustained a hip injury due to someone else’s carelessness.
Why are the elderly more susceptible to hip fractures?
According to Science Daily, about 300,000 elderly Americans undergo surgery to repair a fractured hip each year. Older people are at a higher risk of falling and breaking their hip because of two factors: brittle bones and lower muscle mass. At least 44 million Americans have low bone density, and 10 million more have osteoporosis. Elderly people also have lower muscle mass, which impairs their mobility and balance, making a fall more likely than in young people.
What health complications are associated with hip fractures?
When someone suffers a hip fracture, they are often left immobile for a long time following surgery due to a long recovery period. This increases their risk of developing blood clots, UTIs, bedsores, and a greater decrease in muscle mass. Additionally, because elderly people have a harder time recovering from serious accidents, the victim will likely become more dependent upon caretakers. They may need to use a walker for an extended period of time and participate in physical therapy to walk again.
Symptoms of Hip Fractures
Seek medical attention immediately if you spot one of these signs on yourself or a loved one:
- Swelling and stiffness around the hip
- Inability to put weight on one leg
- Inability to move one leg
- One leg looks shorter than the other
Contact a New York hip injury attorney
If you or a loved one sustained a hip injury in a nursing home or another care facility and negligence is to blame, the experienced injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to help you. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your options today.