Osteoporosis Injury and Accident Claim Lawsuits
An osteoporosis injury is an injury that can result from a drug-induced hip fracture or other serious side effect from taking a bisphosphonate drug to slow bone loss. If you believe that this is what has caused your osteoporosis injury, you may need the representation of a personal injury attorney.
The word "osteoporosis" means "porous bones". Osteoporosis results in your bones getting weaker and becoming more likely to break. Osteoporosis leads to your bones becoming brittle. Even a mild stress, such as sneezing, coughing or bending over can result in a bone fracture due to the fact that your bones become so brittle.
Osteoporosis is a disease that is evidenced by structural deterioration of bone tissue and low bone mass. Osteoporosis can involve any bone that is in your body. However, it especially affects the bones of your hip, wrist and spine.
Osteoporosis is thought of as a disease of the elderly. However, it can develop in anyone at any age.
Statistics of Osteoporosis
There are many men who suffer from osteoporosis, even though it is usually thought of as a women’s disease. On the other hand, women get osteoporosis four times more often than men.
Osteoporosis is a serious heath problem in the United States. 10 million people in the United States are estimated to have this disease at the present time. 8 million of these people are women, and 2 million are men. There are another 34 million people in the United States who are estimated to have low bone mass, which places them at an increased risk for developing osteoporosis.
There are several things that may be a factor in causing you to develop osteoporosis. Some of these are:
- A family history of broken bones or osteoporosis
- Women who have missing menstrual periods
- Conditions and disorders, such as gastrointestinal diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, anorexia nervosa and others
- An excessive intake of caffeine, protein and sodium
- Being female
- Women who have low estrogen levels
- Men who have low levels of estrogen and testosterone
- Being thin and small
- Not getting a sufficient amount of calcium or vitamin D in your diet
- An inactive lifestyle
- Abuse of alcohol
- Increasing age
- A History of broken bones
As mentioned at the beginning, an osteoporosis injury may also result as a side effect of taking bisphosphonate medications that slow bone loss. If this is what has caused your osteoporosis injury or other serious side effect, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injury.
One of the difficulties with osteoporosis is that it is a silent disease. You are not able to feel your bones growing weaker and weaker. However, an osteoporosis injury that is the result of being a side effect of taking a bisphosphonate drug is evidenced usually when you have a hip fracture.
If you believe that you are a victim of an osteoporosis injury that has resulted as a side effect of taking a bisphosphonate medication, the best thing to do is to call a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case.