The area where the thigh bone meets the pelvis bone is called the hip. It is a ball-and-socket joint that is generally difficult to damage when it is healthy. However, running, playing sports, falling, or other causes can result in hip injuries. Common types of hip injuries are:
- Wearing down of cartilage or other areas
These injuries can occur in several ways, including using a defective product, being hit by someone, or by slipping and falling. Hip injuries can also occur in automobile accidents, workplace accidents, and other settings.
What is a Defective Product Hip Injury Claim?
A defective product is a product placed by its manufacturer on the market that is defective in its design, manufacturing, or marketing.
Hip implant or hip replacement devices can help people with damaged or injured hips. However, when the device is defective, it can cause a hip injury. These types of hip injuries can vary in nature and may involve:
- Improper alignment of joints;
- Erosion of parts;
- Metal entering the person’s bloodstream; and/or
- Interference with blood flow to muscles.
These types of injuries can be serious and may often require the removal and/or replacement of the defective hip product.
What If My Hip Injury was the Result of a Slip and Fall?
A slip and fall accident can also lead to hip injuries. A person injured because of someone else’s negligence, such as a slippery or damaged floor, can sue to recover damages from the hip injury. A negligence dispute requires a plaintiff to prove elements to win:
- Breach of duty
For instance, a plaintiff who slipped and fell in a grocery store must show that the grocery store owed them a duty of care to prevent the conditions that created the slip and fall. They must also show that the store breached this duty of care, such as a failure to clean up a spill.
The injured person would also have to prove the grocery store’s negligence caused accident. The last element requires the plaintiff to prove the accident led to their medical bills, pain and suffering, or wage loss because of their hip injury.
A person can also sue if their hip injury was the result of an intentional tort such as battery. Just like the defective product and negligence theories, a plaintiff will have to prove elements of the tort to win.
Should I Contact a Lawyer If I Have a Hip Injury Legal Claim?
If you have a hip injury legal claim, it may be in your best interests to contact a personal injury attorney. They can assist you in filing a lawsuit against the appropriate parties and represent you in legal proceedings.