Arthritis care

Arthritis care

advice about arthritis careOur friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors has the expertise to help you succeed in a medical negligence claim for compensation if you have suffered from poor treatment of arthritis.

Compensation can be claimed where there has been excessive delay in diagnosing arthritis and providing you with treatment, or where you have not been offered appropriate treatment options, including disease-modifying drugs. Poor treatment of arthritis can cause the disease to progress unchecked affecting your mobility and causing you to suffer excessive pain and reduced quality of life.

Do contact our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors. We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, you do not have to worry about how you are going to afford to bring a compensation claim. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.

Arthritis causes pain and inflammation of the joints and bones. It is a common condition and can occur at any age. The 2 main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis tends to affect the knees, hips and joints of the hands, but any joint can be affected. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage that covers the surface of joints allowing bones to slide over one another. This causes swelling, pain and a cracking or grinding sound when moving the joints.

Osteoarthritis is a long-term condition and cannot be cured, but there are treatments available to manage the symptoms and help make everyday activities easier and, in some cases, surgery is an option.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, although the hands and feet are often affected. It is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system makes a mistake and attacks the lining of the joints causing joint pain and swelling. There may be periods when the condition flares up and symptoms become worse.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition and it is important to diagnose it early because early treatment can help to prevent the condition becoming worse and can reduce the risk of developing joint damage. Early treatment can mean sufferers can lead full lives and carry on working and doing everyday activities.

The following is an example of compensation recovered in one of the successful claims we have brought for our clients in arthritis cases.

£15,000 for a previously very fit and active man who was in the early stages of inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis when he was seen by a rheumatologist. For the following 4 years the rheumatologist failed to confirm the diagnosis and our client suffered significant pain. Appropriate investigations and treatment would have included scans and blood tests followed by disease-modifying drugs. By the time our client received appropriate treatment his erosions were well-established, widespread and irreversible and he was left with a higher level of handicap affecting his everyday activities than would have been the case had he been diagnosed 4 years earlier.

Follow our links below to quickly access our information pages about how we can help with a complaint about care, funding a medical negligence claim relating to the care of arthritis and more:

Some Arthritis Support Groups

  • Arthritis Care

One of the largest organisations for supporting people with arthritis across the UK

https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk

Helpline 0808 800 4050

  • National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

A UK charity specifically for people affected by rheumatoid arthritis

http://www.nras.org.uk/

Helpline 0800 298 7650

  • Arthritis Action

A UK charity that gives advice on combating arthritis pain through self-management and lifestyle advice

https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk

Telephone 020 3781 7120

 

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