Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that treats damage or deformation to bones, ligaments, joints and muscles, which often involves orthopaedic surgery.
A large number of orthopaedic procedures, such as carpal tunnel surgery, joint replacements, fracture repair and arthroscopies, are successfully carried out across the UK each year. However, in rare cases medical negligence can occur. Due to the nature of these cases, the impact on the patient’s mobility and lifestyle can be severe.
Common medical negligence claims in orthopaedics
Orthopaedic negligence may occur in a number of circumstances, where the error or oversight of a medical professional causes the patient harm and suffering. Common situations include:
- A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, sometimes caused by reading x-rays incorrectly – particularly if the delayed or incorrect treatment caused the problem to worsen
- Injury caused to nerves during the course of orthopaedic surgery, which can result in permanent damage or mobility problems – we also specialise in spinal injury claims caused by other types of procedure
- Failure to recognise or treat fractures, particularly in A&E
- Incorrect repair of a fracture, necessitating further surgery
- Damage to circulation or poor operative technique in joint replacement surgery – our medical negligence solicitors also handle hip replacement compensation claims relating to faulty implants, osteolysis, and dislocation
- Difficulty in recognising inadequate suturing or the dressing of wounds, leading to infections and further health complications
If these or any other problems relating to orthopaedic treatment or surgery have affected you, you may be able to claim medical negligence compensation.
Compensation for medical negligence
The compensation awarded for medical negligence in orthopaedics or orthopaedic surgery is often very high. This is due to the impact that negligence can have on the patient’s lifestyle – paralysis and restricted mobility could cause permanent disability and loss of earnings, while corrective surgery, physiotherapy and rehabilitation care are also often required.
Whatever the circumstance in relation to the failing in orthopaedic surgery, Linder Myers has a specialist team of medical negligence solicitors that will have a wealth of experience in that field. If you think that you have received substandard care, you should not hesitate to contact our specialist team on 0800 085 3295.
Alternatively, email a summary of your claim to firstname.lastname@example.org