Orthopaedic Negligence Claims

Orthopaedic surgeons deal with fractures and injuries to bones, joints and ligaments. The main areas in which an orthopaedic surgeon will specialise include:

  • Hand, shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Joint reconstruction
  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Back and spine surgery
  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Surgical sports medicine
  • Orthopedic trauma

Sometimes fractures can be missed by surgeons and doctors. This may be because they carry out inadequate examinations, or because fractures are not identified on X-rays. Mistakes can also be made by inexperienced doctors in Accident & Emergency departments.

 

Solicitors Specialising in Orthopaedic Surgery Error Claims

Orthopaedic injuries and other medical problems can also arise when surgery is done inadequately. Our successful cases include:

  • A delay in the diagnosis of a fracture
  • Problems arising during hip, knee or elbow replacement
  • Incorrect treatment or surgery
  • Lack of consent to surgery
  • Post-operative infection
  • Delay in diagnosis of congenital hip dysplasia/developmental hip dysplasia
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Nerve damage
  • Incorrect size of prosthesis

 

No Win No Fee Orthopaedic Negligence Claims

Garratts Medical Negligence Solicitors have considerable expertise in successful orthopaedic claims covering a wide variety of medical errors and injuries. We offer a free first consultation and the majority of our cases are funded by a 'No Win No Fee' agreement so there's no financial risk to you.

We have offices in Oldham, Ashton, Newton Heath, Radcliffe, Stalybridge and Worsley and you can be seen at any of these offices to suit you. Alternatively, we offer a home or hospital visit for people who are unable to attend our offices.

Call our Oldham Clinical Negligence Solicitors on 0161 665 3502 today or complete our online enquiry form.

 

Orthopaedic Negligence Case Studies

 

Sub-standard investigation, mis-diagnosis and delayed treatment

Mr W received negligent medical care from an Accident and Emergency Department.   He attended Hospital being unable to weight bear on his left leg after kicking a door.  His knee was badly swollen and extremely painful.  The doctor at A&E failed to properly examine the area or obtain any x-rays contrary to the Ottawa Knee Rules.  He was sent home with an advisory to take pain relief.  Mr W attended A&E again some two months later still in pain and was then properly examined and found to have suffered a displaced fracture of the left tibial plateau.  The appropriate treatment at the time of the accident would have been to have pinned the fracture but as the healing process had already commenced, this was no longer an option.  The delay in diagnosis and subsequent delayed recovery were both actionable and Garratts secured compensation for Mr W in the sum of £3,000.

 

Sub-standard Knee Replacement surgery; amputation of leg; defective replacement Knee; and failure to deal with infection

Mr S underwent replacement knee surgery to his right leg in early 2009.  The surgery was not successful; he contracted an infection which was improperly dealt with and as a result revision surgery involving replacement of the first replacement knee was conducted in March 2010.  Further infection followed and treatment given involving further visits to theatre and a third implant was installed in August 2010.  He again contracted an infection and was subsequently informed in early 2011 by a surgeon from whom a second opinion was sought that he would have to undergo amputation of his right leg above the knee as a result of the negligent surgery and negligent diagnosis and treatment of the infections that followed.  This further surgery was conducted in May 2011.

Mr S sustained even further infection following the amputation and client was re-admitted to Hospital in October 2011 for a further 4cm to be taken off the stump.  There was mention during his stay in hospital that he had contracted MRSA at least once and possibly twice during his in-patient stays in hospital.  Medical evidence was obtained by us in July 2012 to support his case which stated that even the first knee replacement surgery was unnecessary and that Mr S had suffered from a series of negligence and inadequate or inappropriate treatment at the hands of the surgeon commencing with the first knee replacement operation in early 2009.  Liability has been admitted and it is expected the case will settle for £750,000 to £1,000,000.

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