Orthopaedic Negligence Claims
What Is Orthopaedics?
Orthopaedics and orthopaedic negligence claims refers to the medical discipline covering bones, muscles and joints of the human body. A doctor specialising in orthopaedics will often handle patients that have suffered bone fractures or who need joint replacement or ligament reconstruction surgery.
The main areas in which an orthopaedic surgeon will specialise include:
- the hand, shoulder and elbow surgery
- joint reconstruction
- paediatric orthopaedics
- foot and ankle surgery
- back and spine surgery
- musculoskeletal oncology
- surgical sports medicine
- orthopaedic trauma
Orthopaedic Negligence Claims – Can I Make A Claim?
Orthopaedic procedures most commonly involve fractures and joint replacements such as knee and hip replacements. While the majority of operations are successful, orthopaedic medical negligence can have a long-term and disabling impact on your life. In these circumstances you may be eligible for compensation.
Whether you’ve suffered a negligent hip replacement or fractured a bone that wasn’t diagnosed by medical staff, our clinical negligence solicitors could help you claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. We’ve represented clients who have had:
- Undiagnosed or delay in diagnosis of fractures such as scaphoid fractures in the wrist
- Negligent joint operations resulting in leg length discrepancies or foot drop
- Unnecessary surgery on a broken bone
- Delayed diagnosis and treatment of post-operative infections
- Incorrect size of joint replacement or prosthesis
Secondary issues related to orthopaedic surgery can also result in a orthopaedic negligence claims, for example a tourniquet may have been applied for over long periods resulting in tissue damage and subsequent amputation.
If you feel your full consent was not obtained, you may be eligible for compensation as you should have been warned of the potential risks before consenting to the procedure so that you can make an informed decision to undergo that surgery.
Post-operative infection, muscular damage, and nerve damage can also be as a result of substandard care. If you have experienced orthopaedic negligence as a result of medical mistakes, you may have suffered from one of the following:
- Being unable to enjoy social activities
- Being unable to leave the house without assistance
- The inability to perform everyday activities
- Being unable to work due to pain
- Loss of earnings due to being unable to work
- Emotional or mental distress due to a combination of the above factors
At Coodes, our orthopaedic negligence lawyers have considerable experience of assisting people in Cornwall and Devon with their orthopaedic injuries to obtain compensation and we understand the physical, emotional and financial impact these injuries can have.
Please contact us for more information