Orthopaedic Medical Negligence Claims
Our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors have plenty of experience in bringing successful orthopaedic medical negligence claims.
Compensation can be claimed where there has been inappropriate advice given concerning treatment options and the risks and benefits of the various options, where there have been excessive delays in providing you with treatment, such as intravenous antibiotics, or where there has been any substandard care that amounts to actual Medical Negligence.
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 for poor orthopaedic care. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.
Patients may decide to bring orthopaedic claims for compensation for various reasons. Happily, most patients will not encounter problems after orthopaedic surgery.
Risks of Orthopaedic Surgery
As with any surgery, there are risks, including reaction to anaesthesia, bleeding, infection, blood clots, nerve damage, lack of full range of motion, development of arthritis, scar formation, or re-injury of the joint or soft tissue. If some of these risks materialise, then this may just be one of those things and not negligent.
Mistakes that can happen with orthopaedic Surgery
However, there are factors that may entitle a patient to compensation in orthopaedic claims, such as:
- substandard quality of surgery;
- undue delay in diagnosis or treatment;
- substandard peri-operative care, for example, insertion of the wrong size implant, or substandard placement of an implant, too much force being applied, leading to a fracture, or vulnerability to post-operative complications, or too much bone, or other tissue being taken away, or failure to prescribe antibiotics;
- the operation was not indicated, or the timing of the surgery was premature;
- adequate consent not obtained or patient not warned of specific risks;
- and, finally, that defective products/prostheses had been used.
By way of example, there can be pressure to get into the operating theatre to deal with an acute injury, such as a traumatic fracture. However, it can be better to wait to operate, until soft tissues have settled down, or a Consultant is available to perform the operation, rather than a more junior surgeon.
Here are some examples of past successful orthopaedic medical negligence claims:
G v Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust- R Batta, £1,250,000 for a 47-year-old man who had an acute back spasm and was incontinent of urine. Ambulance crew said the hospital would just put him in traction, and he may as well stay at home and rest. A GP agreed later in the day.2 days later he was admitted to hospital and emergency surgery to his spine on the third day was too late to prevent paralysis from the waist down.
£560,000 for a lady, in Sheffield, whose hip dislocation was not diagnosed until 2 ½ years old in the 1960s. The claim was completed by our Director and was made late in adulthood.
£175,000 to our client, a lady from Essex, who was advised to have the wrong type of bunion surgery. The operation was not successful, she had to have repeat surgery and was left with permanent mobility problems.
£75,000 to a gentleman client from Rotherham, who was left with a bowed thigh after inadequate treatment of a fracture. He did not realise this was negligent until 18 years later when he was advised he needed very painful leg lengthening surgery.
£30,000 for a gentleman client, from Chesterfield, who suffered a delay in diagnosis of a Colles fracture of his wrist.
£25,000 to the family of an elderly gentleman, from Gloucester, who suffered a ligamentous fracture of his neck that was not diagnosed for four weeks leading to his eventual paralysis and death two months after his initial injury.
£25,000 for a lady who was lost to the medical recall system and endured two additional years of pain and debility (with recurrent dislocation) waiting for a surgical repair of her shoulder rotator cuff.
£20,000 for an elderly gentleman, from Barnsley, who suffered a rotator cuff tear while in the hospital recovering from bilateral knee replacement. The claim was on two grounds. Firstly that a nurse had caused the injury by pulling on his arm and secondly that there had been a two-year delay in proper diagnosis and surgical repair.
£1,500 to a lady whose dislocated knee cap was not correctly diagnosed for two weeks.
Follow our links below to quickly access our information pages about how we can help with a complaint about care, Inquests, funding an orthopaedic medical negligence claim, and more:
- defining your needs after poor medical care
- complaining about care
- Inquests into a death
- funding a medical negligence claim
- Conditional fee agreements
- Time limits
- How are claims settled?
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