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Hip Dysplasia Compensation
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 a satisfactory outcome.
We understand that you and your family may have been through a difficult time, which is why our solicitors provide advice in a sensitive, efficient manner. If you and your family have suffered unnecessarily at the hands of a medical professional, call JMW today on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch.
Hip Dysplasia Explained
Hip dysplasia describes an abnormal development of the ball of the thigh bone and socket of the hip. The condition can range from mild to severe but in the worst cases, the head of the femur (thigh bone) 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 developmental dysplasia of the hip.
Diagnosing Hip Dysplasia
A delay in making a diagnosis for hip dysplasia can have serious long-term consequences and is a common reason for launching a compensation claim.
As a result, any doctor or nurse responsible for continued health supervision in infancy should frequently check for this condition until a child is walking. All babies should be checked for hip dysplasia soon after birth, as a delay in diagnosis can make treatment more complicated and can lead to permanent disability.
What Are the Risk Factors for Hip Dysplasia?
Recent estimates state that around one in 1,000 babies will develop dysplasia of the hip. There are various risk factors, including:
- A breech delivery (where the baby's feet are delivered first)
- A first pregnancy
- A family history of the condition
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 the infant will need to undergo surgery to realign the joint.
A baby will be examined shortly after birth. The doctor will manipulate the leg and a "clunk" sound may indicate hip dysplasia. The doctor will also look for visible signs that may suggest hip dysplasia, such as a disparity between the folds of the skin on the left and right sides of the hip, and a longer femur on one side.
What Must I Prove in Order to Establish Medical Negligence?
If a baby is diagnosed with hip dysplasia within six months of birth the prospects of a successful outcome are excellent. Medical negligence cases are mainly brought on the basis of a delay in diagnosis of hip dysplasia, although some are brought on the basis that the treatment offered was inadequate.
In order to prove medical negligence, a claimant must establish that there has been both substandard care and that this substandard care resulted in a worse outcome for the patient.
Why Choose JMW?
At JMW our clinical 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 easy knowing you are in safe hands.
With solicitors who are members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence, you can be sure we are experts at what we do, using our knowledge and experience to gain the results you deserve.