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Orthopaedic Claims

Have you, or someone you know been affected by orthopaedic negligence? If you have suffered further injury or complications following Orthopaedic Specialistsorthopaedic surgery or treatment, and believe your practitioner or hospital to be at fault, we may be able to assist you in recovering injury compensation. Our orthopaedic claims solicitors are intimately familiar with cases involving the negligence and incompetence of medical professionals. We can help you to collate the evidence necessary to support your case, building foundation for a successful claim for injury compensation. Simply complete our 2-minute application form online to find out whether you qualify.

Our medical negligence solicitors deal with thousands of cases of orthopaedic negligence each year in the UK, of which, a considerable percentage are brought for substandard after-care. You may also qualify for compensation if your suffering can be attributed to any of the following:

• Failed diagnosis of a condition, such as a fracture, which progressively worsens.
• Faulty prosthesis fitted during a hip replacement operation.
• Administrative errors leading to the wrong treatment being given.
• Failure to recognise the symptoms of a degenerative condition, such as congenital hip dysplasia.
• Errors during surgery which cause damage to nerves or muscle tissue.
• Equipment faults or failure which make it harder to monitor a patient’s condition.
• Failure to warn of the associated risks of a procedure before obtaining consent.
• Prosthetics being the wrong size or shape.
• Surgical site infection (SSI) due to poor standards of hygiene or after-care.
• Delays in diagnosing a scaphoid fracture.
• Delayed or wrongful diagnosis (particularly of fractures).
• Misinterpretation of an X-ray or MRI scan.

Orthopaedics is an extremely complicated field of medicine, and while you may feel as though you have been a victim of negligence, obtaining the necessary evidence to corroborate your claim isn’t always easy. Our medical negligence solicitors understand the difficulties that can often hinder the progress of an orthopaedic claim, and have the necessary experience to fight on your behalf, even if you aren’t sure whether your case can be proven.

If you’re thinking about filing a claim for medical negligence or substandard care, consult with one of our expert orthopaedic claims solicitors who can help you to understand whether or not you have a claim. Use our secure online form to submit your enquiry, and we’ll contact you at an agreeable time to discuss your options.

Orthopaedics Defined

Orthopaedics refers to the field of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the body’s musculoskeletal system – including the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. This branch of medicine is commonly associated with the treatment of age-related musculoskeletal disorders and degenerative hip joints, as well as bone cancers, fractures and breaks identified by conducting an X-ray or MRI scan. While some orthopaedic conditions can be managed without the need for surgery, the majority will require surgical intervention to fix a break or fracture. In the case of joint degeneration, a prosthetic joint is often the only solution if a patient is to have any hope of enjoying the same quality of life.

Conditions Attributed to Orthopaedic Negligence

Injuries caused by negligent orthopaedic care are rarely minor, since patients will only seek help from a practitioner after a known fall or accident, or because of other obvious symptoms. Of course, that’s not to say the resultant injuries after a procedure will not heal given time. Soft tissue injuries caused by errors during arthroscopy tend to heal of their own accord, and may only limit mobility for a short period. Serious injuries tend to occur when surgery is required to treat a break, fracture or joint degeneration.

Invasive surgery, particularly in the case of hip replacements and PAO (periacetabular osteotomy) carry far more risk, as muscles, nerves and even cartilage can be displaced, severed or crushed. The chances of a full recovery may be impacted, leaving the patient with partial, or limited mobility as a result.

High Compensation Payouts For Orthopaedic Claims

Orthopaedic Spine ClaimsAn injury settlement can never make up for the devastating effects of medical negligence on the lives of patients and their families, however it can go some way toward alleviating financial worries. The following examples provide an idea of how much you might be entitled to, based on awards for similar cases.

• Minor tissue or nerve damage with expected recovery in 12 months: £2,600 – £8,250*
• Degeneration of the hip joint causing only minor problems with mobility: £8,850 – £17,500*
• Moderately sever hip injury necessitating further corrective surgery: £25,750 – £51,500*
• Severe hip injury where a prosthetic replacement is required: £51,500 – £86,000*

Have you suffered due to the negligence of an orthopaedic specialist? For advice, or to discuss the possibility of making a no win no fee claim, contact our expert medical negligence solicitors by calling the free-phone helpline number above.