Orthopaedics is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions of the musculoskeletal system. A claim for clinical negligence can arise from negligent orthopaedic treatment. Many hundreds of orthopaedic assessments are made every day in the UK. Unfortunately, on a relatively small number of occasions, errors can be made.
Such errors can include:
- Damage to nerves during surgery;
- ailure to manage a fracture appropriately;
- Misinterpretation of X-rays;
- The misdiagnosis of a scaphoid fracture;
- Damage to circulation following medical procedures or surgery
If you feel that you have been injured as a result of orthopaedic negligence then please feel free to speak to one of our friendly, expert Solicitors who will guide you on pursuing a complaint and bringing a legal case if appropriate.
You can claim compensation for the following things if they are as a result of your injury.
- Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
- Medical and nursing care costs
- Loss of earnings
- The cost of painkillers
- Travel expenses
- Any costs involved in adapting your home
Please contact our team of lawyers in total confidence and at no obligation and we will do our utmost to help.
Sciatic nerve injury following hip replacement
A 60 year old lady underwent a total hip replacement but was left with a leg length discrepancy of over 2cm and injury to her sciatic nerve and “drop foot”. As a result she required a tendon transfer operation, but continued to have restricted mobility with a walking distance of approximately 100 yards. She had to take early retirement and lost earnings and pension entitlements as a result. Ongoing care, assistance and orthotics were costs were likely to be incurred. Liability was eventually admitted by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the case was settled for £215,000.
Delay in diagnosing and treating spinal fracture
It was alleged that Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust were negligent in failing to diagnose a vertebral fracture following a fall of approximately 15 feet from a ladder. The 53 year old gentleman was discharged the same day despite it being admitted that it being later admitted that spinal fracture was visible on the scans taken at hospital. It was alleged that the fracture subsequently deteriorated and that upon return to hospital, approximately 3 weeks later, the risks of any surgery were increased.
It was expected that there would be ongoing pain, restricted mobility and increased care needs as a result of the delay. The value of the claim was disputed, but settlement was eventually agreed for approximately £136,000 less repayments due to the Department for Work and Pensions.
Infection resulting in sepsis
We pursued a case for a lady in her 70s. She sustained a cat scratch whilst looking after a family pet. Her hand became red, hot and swollen and she attended A&E under the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She was given anti-inflammatory drugs and sent home. In fact she had a serious infection which developed to the extent that she sustained sepsis and had to be admitted to hospital for 5-6 days. She had permanent reduced grip strength and dexterity in her hand. She was unable to look after and play with her grandchildren as she had enjoyed doing previously. She required additional assistance from friends and family with heavier day to day tasks. Our evidence suggested that the lady should have been treated with antibiotics and she would have made a full recovery if this had happened.
It was acknowledged a mistake had been made and the case eventually settled for £85,000.