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Orthopaedic Surgery Claims

Orthopaedic injuries are an unfortunate and often debilitating occurrence. Surgery, due to the level of expertise across UK specialists, continues to have very high success rates, but cases of negligence still exist and have a severe effect on the victim.

Complications of orthopaedic surgery, where there is evidence of negligence, ranges from a condition worsening to chronic pain and temporary, or permanent disability, so should not be excused. If you have been affected by surgical negligence our solicitors can help you to make an orthopaedic surgery claim.

What is Orthopaedic Surgery?

Trauma and orthopaedics is an area of surgery concerned with injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system – the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.

A patient might be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon to treat injuries ranging from fractured bones to spinal cord injuries, and chronic conditions like osteoarthritis.

Some sports injuries would also fall under an orthopaedic specialist, as well as congenital birth conditions, such as scoliosis and hip dysplasia, and those affecting older patients, like osteoporosis.

Orthopaedic surgeons deal with a number of surgical procedures each week, whether they are working in the NHS or for a private clinic. The most regular operations that they perform are hip and knee replacements, but their vast medical knowledge means they are equipped to carry out the following:

  • Surgery to correct bone deformities
  • Arthroplasty to replace or resurface joints damaged by arthritis
  • Arthroscopy to diagnose and repair damaged joint tissue
  • Muscle, torn tendon and ligament repairs
  • Fractured or broken bone repairs
  • Broken bones and fractures

Common complications of Orthopaedic Surgery

As with any surgery there are always risks, which should be thoroughly discussed with the patient beforehand. Complications resulting from medical negligence can include:

  • Disability
  • Nerve and/or spinal damage
  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Inflammation of the bones
  • Misdiagnosis of orthopaedic conditions

Children who have suffered an injury as a result of negligent orthopaedic surgery are in a position to make a compensation claim up to age 21. We also specialise in dealing with compensation claims for these types of cases and would be happy to discuss this with you.

How to make an Orthopaedic Surgery Claim

When making a claim for medical negligence, it has to be proved that: the treatment was carried out negligently, that is, the care you received fell below medically negligent standards, and this directly caused your injury.

Compensation awarded can help towards the cost of ongoing treatment, loss of earnings, psychological damage, or for your avoidable pain and suffering. It may sound daunting to go up against professional medical staff but we are here to guide you through the process.

To make a Orthopaedic Surgery Claim Freephone 0800 193 88 88
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