Treatment and Prognosis of a Broken Pelvis Stemming from a Bicycle Accident

Injuries in a bicycle accident can be significant. A broken pelvis, for example, can require surgery if the fracture is unstable and may require significant recovery and time away from work. Fortunately, injured cyclists in Arvada have grounds to recover damages if another party (like a motorist who improperly passed a cyclist) caused the accident.

Signs of a Broken Pelvis and Other Injuries

Traumatic force from the bicycle accident – such as if a motorist strikes the bicyclist – can cause a pelvis fracture. It can also happen in crush accidents, such as getting pinned by a vehicle.

The following are signs of a pelvis fracture:

  • severe pain;
  • difficulty standing/walking;
  • bruising;
  • swelling;
  • tingling/numbness in groin or legs.

Oftentimes a broken pelvis isn’t the only injury. There may have been damage to the legs, abdomen and/or chest, and some patients suffer internal injuries. As a result, there could be a substantial amount of bleeding, which can lead to shock.

Treatment of a Broken Pelvis

When a fracture is stable, it may not require surgery. The patient may need to use a walker or crutches and keep weight off the legs until the pelvis heals, which could be several weeks or months. Medication could include painkillers and blood thinners to reduce the risk of blood clots. Surgical treatment may be necessary if a fractured pelvis occurs from a serious bicycle crash.

If there are internal injuries to address – such as bleeding – the surgeon will stabilize the pelvis in a way he or she can access other areas of the body that need care, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). This is done with an external fixator. The surgeon inserts long screws into the bones on both sides that connect to a frame outside the body.

Even after treating other injuries, the external fixator could be adequate enough to aid in the healing of the pelvis, according to the AAOS. Other types of treatment may include inserting plates, pins and/or screws when the fracture is unstable. Another option is traction.

Prognosis of Pelvis Fractures

The prognosis of a broken pelvis depends on the both the fracture and other injuries that may have occurred. Stable fractures generally heal well. But a serious bike accident can lead to a severe fracture that may require extensive recovery.

Even if the surgery is successful for an unstable fracture, recovery can be quite lengthy. Some patients might even experience long-term complications such as impaired mobility and chronic pain.

Damages That May Be Available for a Broken Pelvis

If a motorist caused the bicycle accident, the injured cyclist could file a personal injury claim. It’s important to understand that when injuries are serious, it’s a good idea to have legal representation. This ensures that all losses—financial, physical and emotional—are addressed appropriately.

Damages could include the medical costs incurred, earnings lost while out of work, pain and suffering, disability, emotional distress and more. The nature and extent of one’s injuries will vary, so it’s important to seek legal advice to learn the types of compensation that may be recoverable.

Call D.J. Banovitz at 303-300-5060 if you’re in the Arvada area. Set up a consultation to discuss the details of your accident, liability, as well as your damages.

D.J. Banovitz’ career has always concentrated on trial practice and he has litigated hundreds of cases. His passion and sole career focus has been to seek justice for people suffering from personal injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence. The hallmark of the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz, is the total commitment to professionalism, quality, and personalized care of your injury case. D.J. has dedicated his professional life to helping those most in need and is a proud and active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. His experience includes volunteering for Colorado Rural Legal Services in Montrose, the Colorado Aids Project, consumer law, family law, criminal defense, and Alternative Defense Counsel for juveniles in Denver.