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Hip Dysplasia Negligence Claims
If you or your child have suffered from hip dysplasia due to the negligence of a medical professional, JMW is here to help you make a claim for compensation.
Our renowned clinical negligence team has a wealth of experience in this area of the law and will provide you with the help and advice you need to secure the best possible outcome.
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We understand that you and your family may have been through a difficult time, which is why our solicitors provide legal advice in a sensitive, efficient manner. Our medical negligence team is well respected within the industry for successfully helping those who need compensation to improve their quality of life.
Our team has a wealth of experience dealing with difficult cases involving hip dysplasia, so you can rest assured that your case is in safe hands.
With solicitors who are members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society’s specialist panel of clinical negligence solicitors, you can be certain that we are experts at what we do, using our knowledge and experience to gain the results you deserve.
Making a Claim for Hip Dysplasia Negligence
Any doctor, midwife, health visitor or nurse responsible for routine checks in infancy should be alert to the signs of hip dysplasia until a child is walking. All babies should be checked for the condition soon after birth, as a delay in diagnosis can make treatment more complication and can lead to permanent disability.
A delay in making a diagnosis for hip dysplasia is the most common reason for launching a compensation claim.
If a baby is diagnosed with hip dysplasia within six months of birth, the prospects of a successful outcome with your claim are excellent. Medical negligence cases are mainly brought on the basis of a delay in diagnosis, although some are brought on the basis that treatment offered was inadequate.
In order to prove medical negligence, a claimant must establish that there has been substandard care that resulted in a worse outcome for the patient.
What is hip dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia describes an abnormal development of the ball of the femur (thigh bone) and socket of the hip. The condition can range in severity, but in the worst cases, the head of the femur is completely displaced from the pelvic socket. The condition is referred to as congenital but is not always present at birth - a more accurate term is development dysplasia of the hip.
What are the risk factors for hip dysplasia?
Recent estimates state that around one in 1,000 babies will develop dysplasia of the hip. The risk factors include:
- A breech delivery (where the baby’s feet are delivered first)
- A first pregnancy
- A family history of the condition
How is hip dysplasia diagnosed?
A baby will be examined shortly after birth. The doctor will manipulate the leg and a “clunk” sound may indicate the condition. The doctor will also look for visible signs that may suggest hip dysplasia, such as a disparity between the folds of the skin on either side of the hip, and a longer femur on one side. For more information on diagnosing hip dysplasia, visit the hipdysplasia.org website.
What treatment is available for hip dysplasia?
Once an infant is diagnosed with hip dysplasia, the form of treatment varies according to the severity of the condition, which often depends on when the problem is diagnosed. In milder cases, a splint may be applied and the infant’s progress will be closely monitored. In other cases, the baby will receive no treatment but will be watched closely.
In more severe cases, such as complete dislocation of the femur, it is likely that the infant will need to undergo surgery to realign the joint.
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To speak to a solicitor if your baby has suffered from hip dysplasia as a result of medical negligence, contact JMW today by calling 0345 872 6666, or fill in our online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you.