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I was in an accident 2 weeks ago and I was just released. I broke my hip and now I have pins and staples hold me together. The crappy part is that every 10 years they have to replace it now:( The other driver pulled out in front of me and was not so lucky. Now I am trying to figure out what I need to do. I have 3 lawyers on it and basically I just want to cover all angles. I have never been through this and it is stressing me out. I have never had to sue anybody or any estate but everbody is saying that my bills have to get paid. Has anybody been throught this?
 

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I'm assuming you've already done the insurance company thing - most drivers have coverage for medical as well as property.

After that, if you have lawyers working on it - then no one here is going to be able to provide you better advice. Do what they tell you if you trust them - and if you don't, get new lawyers.
 

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Wow...here's to a speedy recovery to you!

My only advice is to stay on it. You have (depending on your state) about 3 years statute of limitations on your injury claim. Your lawyers should be able to get a settlement from the other driver's insurance without a lawsuit. This should cover the expenses of your surgeries every 10 years for the rest of your life, plus pain and suffering. You'll only need to sue the insurance co if their settlement offer is too low.
 

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Wow I'm so sorry about your situation. I don't know too much about what to do, but my wishes are with you for a full and speedy recovery!
 

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wow i hope for a speedy recovery too you. And look at it this way. 10 years is a very long time im sure it wont be a big deal. Just always remember that it could be worse . Best of luck.
 

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Oh no peppy - say it ain't so. I'm so sorry to hear that and I hope things work out well for you. Sounds like the 3 lawyers you have will take care of you... just make sure they're not focused on taking care of themselves instead.

Good luck!
 

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Wow. I'm so sorry to hear the bad news. Glad you're alive! It's amazing what the doctors can fix these days, so stick with the therapy/rehab and keep your chin up.

Let the lawyers do their thing... concentrate on your physical recovery while they work on recovering the money.
 

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So sorry that you got messed up - glad you're alive. Ditto all the above advice.

Additional advice - be sure and include massage therapy as part of your treatment. You have a lot of soft-tissue (muscle and connective tissue) damage that only massage therapy will heal. The results of this soft-tissue damage will not be apparent until 10-15 years later, and will show up in a variety of "old-age" symptoms like arthritis and other types of joint and connective-tissue ailments. Get a prescription from your doctor for massage - it's not legally necessary, but will make it easier to get reimbursed at settlement time. If your doctor won't give you a prescription, I'd find a different doctor. Pain meds don't heal soft-tissue damage, they just mask it.

Try to find a massage therapist that specializes in NMT (Neuro-Muscular Therapy) or similar areas (Aston Patterning, Cranio-Sacral, etc.). A Swedish Massage will be tons better than nothing; but an NMT - and particularly a specialist in body mechanics such as Aston Patterning - will have the training and aptitude to much better help your body adjust to the hip (and surgery) trauma.
 

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Right now they have me on Dilaudid (hydromorphone). The damage is on my right leg


As for the pain, my entire thigh is mostly numb. It kinda feels like it has a shot of novacaine in it but if I touch it lightly, It feels like a VERY bad bruise:crazy: This Friday, I have an appointment with my doctor to remove the staples. Rusty- I will definately ask him about the massage. Thanks guys for all the support and information:thumbup: :beer:
 
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