Orthopaedic Negligence Case Studies

Here you can read our case studies outlining how we have helped past clients who have suffered orthopaedic negligence.

If you are looking for information on how JMW can help you to make a claim yourself you can go directly to our orthopaedic negligence claims page here.

  • Young woman facing hip replacements due to delay in diagnosis - £120,000

    Hayley, 19

    Nineteen-year-old Hayley will require hip replacements when she is in her 40s after a hip injury sustained when she fell from her horse was not picked up. Sally Leonards, a partner in the JMW medical negligence team, secured Hayley £120,000 in compensation.

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  • Delay in Diagnosing Achilles Tendon Rupture - £20,000

    Case study of our client Michelle who JMW successfully represented.

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  • Delayed Wrist Surgery - £5,000

    Steve fell on his outstretched left hand whilst on a night out socialising with friends. The case was settled by one of JMW’s expert solicitors for £5,000.

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  • Delay in Diagnosing Hip Fracture Causes Suffering for Terminal Cancer Patient - £18,500

    Betty 77 lost her mobility and dignity in the final months of her life after doctors failed to diagnose a hip fracture. Tragically she died from cancer before her claim was concluded but JMW's Sophie Fox was successful in obtaining £18,500 in compensation for her family.

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  • Poor Standard ACL Surgery - £48,000

    Roger, 39, was awarded £48,000 in compensation after negligent knee surgery caused him pain and suffering. His case was handled by Sophie Fox.

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  • Failure to Diagnose Tendon Damage - £30,000

    A hospital doctor failed to diagnose tendon damage in Steven’s hand after he fell and injured himself at work. As a result he did not receive appropriate treatment and was left with permanent pain, stiffness and reduced grip strength. Steven’s case was taken on by Nick Young, a specialist medical negligence solicitor at JMW, and he was awarded £30,000 in compensation.

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  • Negligent Thumb Surgery- £11,000

    Sally suffered for months with severe pain in her thumb due to negligently performed surgery. JMW secured Sally £11,000 in compensation.

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  • Knee Fracture - £130,000

    Lauren was left with a deformed and painful knee after doctors failed to diagnose a fracture she had sustained in an accident. Her case was taken on by Melissa Gardner, who was successful in obtaining £130,000 in compensation for Lauren.

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  • Mary - Scaphoid Fracture - £80,000

    Mary, 31, was left with on-going pain and restricted movement after a delay in diagnosing a scaphoid fracture. Her case was taken on by JMW and she was awarded £80,000 in compensation.

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  • Poor Treatment of Fracture - £5,500

    Poor treatment of a fracture led to unnecessary pain and suffering for Linda. Her case was taken on by JMW and she was awarded £5,500 in compensation.

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  • Dislocated Hip Not Diagnosed - £300,000

    Doctors did not check Helen's hips properly when she was a baby leading to developmental dysplasia and life-long problems. Olivia Scates, a partner in JMW's specialist clinical negligence team obtained her £300,000 in compensation.

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  • Hip Fracture - £50,000

    £50,000 Gina, Birmingham

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  • Knee Replacement Goes Wrong - £700,000

    Case study about a 59-year-old woman who was left disabled after botched knee surgery. JMW achieved a compensation settlement of £700,000 for the client.

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  • Two Bunion Surgery Case Studies

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  • Tendon Injury Negligently Treated - £10,000

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  • Missed Dislocation of the Hips in Baby - £550,000


    Case study about a baby who suffered problems due to a poor standard of care for her dislocated hips

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  • Hip Fracture - £10,000

    Lucy, Aged 55 - £10,000

    Lucy fell at home and broke her hip - the break was not identified when she went to the hospital and as a result she suffered complications.

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  • Negligent Treatment of Human Bite Infection - £25,000

    Simon, 22 years old

    A laceration caused by human teeth on Simon's knuckles was not treated correctly at his local hospital. As a result it became infected and he now suffers from arthritis.

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  • Broken Neck Misdiagnosis

    Sarah was hit by a vehicle and was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder, unfortunately the X-Ray missed the fracture in her neck. Two days later Sarah was permanently paralysed from the chest down.

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  • Samantha - Scaphoid Fracture

    Samantha, 18 years old

    Samantha was playing football when the ball struck her right hand forcing it backwards resulting in a hyperextension injury of the wrist. She had just started her university degree.

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  • Clavicle Fracture - £4,250

    Andy, 41 years old, Manchester

    Andy came off his bike and sustained a fractured left clavicle (collar bone). It was treated conservatively with a sling and pain killers and appeared to heal well.

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  • Poor Surgical Repair of ACL - £190,000

    Denis, 32 years old

    32 year old Denis underwent anterior cruciate ligament repair to his left knee following a skiing accident. He was advised beforehand that this would involve drilling through the kneecap.

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  • Elbow Fracture - £1,100

    Mandy, 11 years old, Staffordshire

    Mandy was performing gymnastics with she fell on to her left arm (she was right handed). She heard a crack when she fell and was sure she had broken it. Her parents took her to A&E where an x-ray was taken.

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  • Foot Fracture - £5,000

    Carol, 65 years old, Warwick

    Carol fell down the stairs at home and injured her foot one morning. After two days the foot was still painful so she attended the local A&E department. She told Doctors that she had osteoporosis and they took an x-ray of the foot but no injury was found.

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  • Hip-Slipped Epiphysis - £35,000

    Roger, 14 years old, Grantham

    When Roger reached puberty he started to get pain in his right knee and groin. His mother took him to the GP who felt that this may be growing pains. However, as his Mum wanted a second opinion, the GP made a routine orthopaedic referral to the local hospital.

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  • Negligent ACL Surgery - £23,000

    Whitney, 16 years old

    Whitney fell whilst playing netball and injured her right knee. She attended hospital where a consultant diagnosed an anterior cruciate deficient knee with probable associated cartilage tear and was put on a waiting list for arthroscopy.

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  • Ruptured Tendon in Knee - £250,000

    Jim, 51 years old

    Jim fell down his stairs early one morning. He landed with his left leg outstretched and his right leg bent underneath him. He felt immediate pain in his left knee and hip.

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  • Negligent Knee Replacement - £370,452

    Diane, 48 years old, Rochdale

    Diane attended her GP complaining of increasing pain in both knees. An X - ray showed arthritic changes. Despite a number of steroid injections to both knees over the next 2 years Diane became quite debilitated by the continuing pain and was referred to an orthopaedic consultant.

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  • Fractured Ankle - £125,000

    Julie, 40 years old, Weston

    When Julie fell at home she injured her left ankle and therefore attended A+E at her local hospital. The ankle was very painful and however once an x-ray was taken a physician assistant could see no evidence of a fracture.

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  • Failure to Drain Knee Following Knee Replacement Surgery - £15,500

    Robert, 76 years old, Blackpool

    Robert accidentally hit his left knee with a crow bar, badly damaging it. He already had some degenerative changes in the knee joint caused by osteoarthritis and it was decided that he required a total knee replacement, which was performed the same year.

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  • Humerus Fracture - £20,000

    Kathryn, 12 years old, Burnley

    Kathryn was 12 years old when she was knocked down by a car, injuring her right shoulder. She was taken to the A+E Department at Burnley General Hospital. An X-ray showed that Kathryn had suffered a displaced fracture of the neck of the right humerus.

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  • Missed Scaphoid Fracture - £232,500

    Stuart, 29 years old, Leicester

    Stuart was working as a Prison Officer when he fell playing football and injured his right wrist. He attended his local A+E Department that day where a series of X-rays, which did not include scaphoid views, were taken. The X-rays were reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who failed to find an injury.

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  • Congenital Hip Disclocation - £270,000

    Kelly, 3 years old

    Kelly suffered from a congenital dislocation of the left hip (CDH) which was not diagnosed until she was 3 years old, routine investigations having failed to identify the CDH and despite her parents expressing concerns that she was not walking properly.

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