Orthopaedic injuries are injuries involving either the bones, ligaments and joints. These types of injuries could have a long-term devastating impact on your life. If you or any of your loved ones have suffered an orthopaedic injury due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to orthopaedic negligence claims.
While most orthopaedic surgeons or doctors are careful, sometimes things may go wrong. This may be due to an error or oversight. For instance, a doctor may have missed a fracture on an x-ray or performed an inadequate examination in a busy Accident and Emergency department or a surgeon may not have performed surgery to an appropriate standard.
What is Orthopaedics?
The branch of medicine that is primarily concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, correction and treatment of patients with diverse form of musculoskeletal deformities is known as orthopaedics. In clearer terms, orthopaedics focuses on medical care involving the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Doctors who carry out orthopaedic surgery are known as orthopaedic surgeons and surgeries of this nature requires the profound knowledge and experience. In majority of cases, however, orthopaedic procedures are successful. But when there is a resulting injury that sees a patient progressing from bad to worse, it can significantly affect their life and wellbeing being.
What is Orthopaedic Negligence?
Orthopaedic negligence is that form of medical negligence that occurs when preventable mistakes are made by an orthopaedic doctor which causes serious harm or injury to a patient. A patient is said to be a victim of orthopaedic negligence if:
Incorrect advice is given by a doctor before and/or after surgery,
Inadequate assessment was made prior to surgery,
Missed scaphoid fracture
Incorrect treatment procedures
Common Examples of Orthopaedic Injury claims
Orthopaedic injury ranges from minor to very complicated injuries with daring consequences that could alter the state of a person’s life. The most common examples of Orthopaedic negligence includes:
Failure to take an x-ray resulting
Failure to diagnose a fracture
Incorrect drug dosage e.g anaesthesia errors
Wrongly used/ wrongly fitted component for hip replacement
Wrongly used/ wrongly fitted component for knee replacement
Ligament reconstruction performed inappropriately
Making an Orthopaedic Injury Negligence Claim
At nhsnegligenceclaim.com, we work with a panel of orthopaedic claims solicitors who are specialists in making orthopaedic injury negligence claims. Your case will be evaluated and investigated to determine whether there is reason for a valid claim.
If you or a family member are unhappy with the treatment received following an orthopaedic surgery or treatment, our orthopaedic injury negligence claims solicitors have represented a lot of victims and have assisted them in getting the orthopaedic injury compensation they deserve.
Types of Orthopaedic Injury Negligence Claims we represent
At nhsnegligenceclaim.com, our solicitors have handled a number of orthopaedic claims, which includes but is not limited to:
Foot and ankle surgery errors
Surgical errors that occur in foot surgery could have a patient suffering a lifelong disability. If you you or your loved one have suffered from foot and ankle surgery errors it is best you contact well experienced orthopaedic claims solicitors.
Comsidering the complex nature of the human foot, comprising numerous bones, tissues, muscles, tendons and ligaments, people with foot problems may receive multiple surgeries at a time depending on the complexity. And while many orthopaedic surgeons do their best to ensure safe surgery, things occasionally go wrong.
If you have been a victim of any form of orthopaedic negligence, where you require revision surgery to correct the problem, or worse still, have to suffer lifelong disability, you can claim orthopaedic injury compensation.
Spinal surgery errors
Spinal surgery errors can occur while removing tumours, relieving compression on the spinal cord and carrying out spinal stabilisation. When performed with absolute care and attention, spinal surgeries are successful. But as with other types of surgeries, mistakes are inevitable.
Some common examples of Orthopaedic injury negligence in this category includes failure to image properly, operating on the wrong area, failure to receive informed patient consent, failure to operate on time etc.
If your surgeon has made a mistake during your spine implants, we are here to guide you with your orthopaedic claims.
Hip, knee and shoulder surgery errors
Hip, knee and shoulder surgery errors are known examples of Orthopaedic surgery errors. If a hip joint is damaged, a hip replacement surgery is the procedure used to replace the hip joint with an artificial one. Likewise if a knee or shoulder is damaged, diseased or worn out, knee replacement surgery (also known as Knee arthroplasty) and shoulder replacement surgery are the procedures for correcting the condition respectively.
These procedures when performed with utmost care can lead to zero risks and complications. Unfortunately despite the efforts put in by the health professional or surgeon, mistakes can still happen – resulting in more suffering for a patient.
In most cases, individuals who are victims of these type of errors can file for orthopaedic injury compensation claims. This is because, your doctor owes you a duty of care, to inform you about all the risks associated with your procedure, as well as thoroughly explaining the available options for your treatment. And if the mistake that caused your stress could have been avoided, you should seek specialist advice from our orthopaedic claims solicitors to discuss your chances of making an orthopaedic medical negligence claims.
How to start Orthopaedic Negligence Claims
Suffering a pain or trauma, missed fracture or any other form of orthopaedic injury that could have easily been avoided can be very difficult to deal with. Especially if this is as a result of absolute orthopaedic negligence on the path of your doctor.
To make orthopaedic injury compensation claims, the first step to take is getting in touch with experienced orthopaedic claims solicitors that will help you achieve orthopaedic claims seamlessly.
At nhsnegligenceclaim.com, when you get in touch with us, we will offer you a free, no obligation consultation. During this time, our team of medical negligence expert will listen to and appraise your claim, in order to determine if you do have a strong case to pursue.
The moment it is established that you have grounds for a valid claim; our orthopaedic negligence claims experts will obtain all the relevant evidence, compile them, to start your no win no fee claim.
Can I make an orthopaedic injury compensation claims on behalf of someone?
If you have a loved one who has suffered an orthopaedic injury as a result of orthopaedic negligence, you can make orthopaedic medical negligence claims on behalf of that person. For example a child under 18 or someone who passed away as a result of such negligent actions.
At nhsnegligenceclaim.com, all that is required of you is that you present any of our orthopaedic claims solicitors with evidences to back up your claims. This may include medical records, financial records, alongside witness statements. With this week will be able to investigate and verify the nature of care your loved one received, and determine the reasonable to take when proceeding with compensation claims.
What Can I Claim for Orthopaedic Claims?
Generally when it comes to making medical negligence claims, there are two broad classifications of claims. The same applies to Orthopaedic injury compensation claims:
General damages refer to compensations made based impact of the injury a person has suffered. This implies that the more severe the injury/impact of injury, the larger the amount of compensation you may attract.
Special damages are out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of medical negligence. These costs range from additional medical care incurred to travel costs or loss of earnings as a result of injury.
If you have been a victim of orthopaedic negligence and have incurred additional expenses due to your suffering, do well to keep the receipts or proof of payments made as this will help in facilitating your claims.
How much compensation can I get for orthopaedic negligence?
When making orthopaedic injury compensation claims, you may want to know how much you will receive as compensation. This is practically impossible as orthopaedic injuries differ from individual to individual. The level of compensation expected is directly proportional to the severity of injury sustained.
But good thing is, our orthopaedic claims solicitors are able to give you a rough idea of what to expect using a medical negligence claim calculator.
Time Limits for Making Orthopaedic Injury compensation Claims
There is a time limit within which an individual can make orthopaedic injury compensation claims. In most cases of medical negligence, there is a strict three-year time limit for all making all compensation claims; starting from the date of the incident.
However, there are instances when a person may not be able to determine the exact date of the injury. In this case, the time limit applied will be three years from the date of your diagnosis, which is, the date you became aware that your condition was as a result of negligence.
No Win No Fee Orthopaedic Negligence Claims
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors will be happy to assist you on a No Win No Fee agreement. The moment they are able to establish the fact that you have a good chance of a successful claim, you are entitled to the following:
No upfront costs
The financial implications of making a claim is a discouraging factor for many. Sometimes a mere consultation with a medical negligence solicitor cost an arm and a leg. But at nhsnegligenceclaim.com, you will not have to pay any fees throughout the process of your claim.
Minimises financial risks
When a claim is unsuccessful you risk losing the financial investments that have gone into pursuing a medical negligence claim. But with a No Win No Fee agreementin place, you do not have to worry about the cost of hiring a specialist medical negligence expert.
Your solicitor only receive a success fee at the end of your case which is approximately 0-25% of your final compensation. However, if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a penny.
How We Can Help
The first and most important decision when making an orthopaedic injury compensation claims is finding the right orthopaedic claims solicitors. Not all medical negligence lawyers are experts today are worth their salt.
Your first contact with us at nhsnegligenceclaim.com will definitely build your trust in our team of orthopaedic medical negligence claim solicitors. We will ask about your experience, listen carefully to your concerns, then investigate your case thoroughly to determine whether you have grounds for a good compensation.
So if you or any of your loved ones have suffered medical negligence – irrespective of the condition, provided it was a clear act of orthopaedic negligence, you can reach out to us today and we will prove that you suffered an injury and get you the compensation you deserve.
The first step to claim orthopaedic injury compensation is to contact us at nhsnegligenceclaim.com. Our team of orthopaedic negligence solicitors are sound legal experts who will review your case and determine whether the treatment you received was negligent. And if proven, will advice you on how you can start a claim.
Yes. Nearly all medical negligence claims, including orthopaedic injury claims have a time limit of three years to purse claims. Essentially your time limit begins from the date when the injury was sustained or the date you reasonably recognize that your orthopaedic injury was as a result of the negligent actions of your healthcare professional.
When an operation goes wrong, it could leave the patient with both physically and emotionally injury. For example in the case of a knee replacement surgery, if there is a mistake, a person could suffer lifelong disability like a damaged knee for life.