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Orthopaedic Negligence Claims
If you have suffered as a result of a mistake by an orthopaedic surgeon or medical expert, you may have experienced unnecessary trauma that has seriously affected your quality of life. For that you deserve to be compensated, and the expert clinical negligence team here at JMW can help to guide you through the claims process and get the successful outcome you deserve.
We have many years of experience dealing with claims related to injuries caused by negligence to patients' bones, muscles, soft tissue and other parts of the musculoskeletal system.
For a no obligation conversation about your case, or to find out how our solicitors can help you, simply call us on 0800 054 6512. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will be in touch at a time that is convenient for you.
Orthopaedic Negligence Explained
Orthopaedic surgery or orthopaedics is related to the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of:
- Soft tissue
An orthopaedic claim relates to a compensation claim made because of the negligence of a medical professional in treating or operating on an area of the musculoskeletal system.
Common procedures carried out by orthopaedic surgeons include:
- Repairing damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Repairing fractured bones
- Repairing cartilage
- Replacing or resurfacing joints such as hip and knee joints
- Correcting bone deformities
For the most part orthopaedic injuries are treated in a safe manner. However, in rare cases clinical negligence can occur and seriously affect the life of the patient.
We have helped clients claim for:
- Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis
- Missed fractures
- Nerve damage
- Damage to circulation
- Errors in surgery
- Serious wound infections
- Inappropriate or substandard treatment of fractures
- Inadequate cleaning, suturing and dressing of wounds
- Failure to recognise the seriousness of a patient's condition
Case study of our client Michelle who JMW successfully represented.
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 and he was awarded £30,000 in compensation.
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.
Sally suffered for months with severe pain in her thumb due to negligently performed surgery. JMW secured Sally £11,000 in compensation.
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.
Margaret Rowbotham of Denton, Greater Manchester, is being represented by JMW medical negligence solicitor Melissa Gardner. Tameside Hospital has admitted its failures caused Margaret to fall and break her leg.
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.
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.
Increased Frequency of Cases
There has been a huge rise in orthopaedic negligence claims over the past 20 years and it is estimated that they are two or three times more likely to occur than claims brought against the average doctor. This is due in part to a steady rise in complicated trauma cases and also an increase in complex surgery, such as joint replacement.
Fortunately, healthcare in the UK is generally of a very high standard. However, sometimes things can go wrong. If you have been harmed as a result of incompetence, lack of care or poor judgment, you may be able to make a claim.
Making an Orthopaedic Injury Claim
Negligence in this area could lead to both long and short-term effects on you physically, emotionally, and financially. Compensation may not make up for what you have suffered, but it can help put you as close as possible to the position you were in before you were affected by negligence. It can also help you cover financial costs, including:
- Medical care
- Other expenses, such as loss of earnings
Why Choose JMW?
JMW's expert team is on hand to provide you with tailored advice and help either personally or on the telephone. We understand that you may be going through a difficult time and will deal with your case in a sensitive yet efficient manner.
Headed by renowned solicitor Eddie Jones, our clinical negligence team includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.
Where appropriate we offer a no win, no fee scheme to give you peace of mind during your case. To find out if you are eligible simply contact our team today.