No win, no fee orthopaedic surgery claims
You can be represented by a highly-experienced medical negligence lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.
Orthopaedic surgery compensation
Should you or a loved one experience a broken bone, you should expect to be treated within a hospital to ensure your procedure and recovery is as quick and problem-free as possible.
An orthopaedic injury can be long-lasting, affecting the joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, bones and nerves.
Many orthopaedic injury claims compensate people whose treatment has been delayed because their injury wasn’t diagnosed as quickly as it should have been. In the case of Antoinette France a fractured thigh bone went undiagnosed despite x-rays being taken.
A delay in receiving treatment for an orthopaedic injury can have serious consequences and a lifelong impact.
If you’ve suffered an orthopaedic injury, which you believe could have been prevented or was missed by the medical professionals in charge of your care, get in touch with us today.
Specialist orthopaedic injury solicitors
Our dedicated medical negligence team have vast experience ensuring your case reflects the severity of the situation and the support you and your family need. They will:
- Provide a compassionate and understanding service tailored to your situation.
- Help you gain access to support services to make the best possible recovery.
- Seek interim compensation payments where possible for medical equipment, rehabilitation, accommodation or assisted care.
- Help you plan for any long-term care needs.
Potentially serious and life-changing injuries
Orthopaedic injuries can be especially serious or even life changing if left untreated or not treated successfully due to medical negligence.
These types of injuries are common in road traffic accidents, accidents at work and as a result of slips, trips and falls and result in:
- Broken/fractured bones.
- Dislocations of joints such as shoulders, hips, knees and elbows and fingers.
- Tears of ligaments and tendons.
- Sprains and tears of ligaments and tendons.
Delays or mistakes in diagnosing or treating an orthopaedic injury by medical professionals sometimes mean that recovery takes longer than it should, or leave a patient living with unacceptable pain and severely limit their movement, it could also result in permanent damage.
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How to make a orthopaedic injury claim
Make a claim in six easy steps
Free Initial Advice
Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.
We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.
Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports
We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.
Letter Of Claim
We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.
Prepare Claim Valuation
We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.
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What are orthopaedic injuries caused by medical negligence?
Injuries due to missed or delayed diagnosis
Doctors sometimes fail to diagnose orthopaedic injuries by not ordering X-rays or other investigations or there may be mistakes when interpreting X-rays or scans.
When a broken bone is not treated, it may not fuse together properly and can lead to pain, a deformity or instability.
The bone may then need to be reset involving complex surgery that should not have been necessary.
Bone fracture negligence
Fractures are often left to heal in plaster, but on some occasions surgery is needed to realign the bones. Patients can be left with with long-term problems if the fracture doesn’t heal as it should.
Orthopaedic surgery to repair a fracture sometimes involves a mistake leading to infection, deformity or disability.
Another surgery may correct the problem, but often not before the patient has experienced pain and a lengthy recovery time.
Hip and knee replacement negligence
A hip or knee replacement should improve mobility, but a prosthesis or implant can be fitted incorrectly and or bones, cartilage or ligaments can be damaged during surgery.
Mistakes during a replacement can also leave one leg longer than the other leading to pain and mobility problems and you may require further surgery.
Spinal surgery negligence
Spinal cord damage can affect bladder, bowel and sexual functionality and even result in paralysis.
How can orthopaedic injuries affect quality of life?
Orthopaedic injuries as a result of medical negligence can have debilitating affects on a patient’s life, sometimes lasting a lifetime.
Pain and a lack of mobility can prevent you from working, taking part in sports and leisure pursuits and limit day-to-day activities.
The emotional and psychological effects can also affect your mental state.
Orthopaedic injury compensation can help address these problems, paying for rehabilitation therapy and making up for lost income.
Was I properly advised on my treatment options?
Doctors and surgeons are not allowed to carry out any medical treatment unless the patient – or their next of kin – has been fully informed of any potential risks and any alternative treatment options available.
Patients should be fully involved in decisions relating to their medical treatment and be able to make an informed choice about the treatment they receive.
Our team at Hudgell Solicitors has represented many clients who have undergone treatments or been given medication, unaware of potential future complications or issues. Common examples include:
- Failing to inform patients of the potential risks of operations / treatments.
- Failing to warn patients of potential side effects of treatments / medications.
- Failing to inform patient of alternative treatment options.
- Failing to warn of patients of potential complications during /following surgery.
- Failing to inform patients that further surgery may still be required.
- Failing to provide accurate information on the expertise of surgeons.
- Failing to offer options other than surgery.
- Failing to consult fully with mothers / parents on birth delivery plans / options.
Read more about consent here: Failure to Obtain Informed Consent
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