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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Clinical Negligence
If you have suffered as a result of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) clinical negligence, compensation could help to improve your quality of life and cover many of the costs associated with your condition. The legal experts at JMW are highly experienced in dealing with cases of this type and can help you to bring your ACL claim to a successful and satisfactory resolution.
Feel you may be eligible to claim compensation for anterior cruciate ligament negligence and want to discuss your options with specialists who have extensive experience dealing with such legal issues? Then call us on 0800 054 6512 or fill in our online contact form today.
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.
Roger, 39, was awarded £48,000 in compensation after negligent knee surgery caused him pain and suffering. His case was handled by Sophie Fox.
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.
There are many reasons why people come to us to launch an ACL negligence compensation claim. The majority of the time it will be following a medical procedure to repair the ligament that has been unsuccessful, often due to incorrect placement of the graft. However, we also help clients who have suffered due to a delay in diagnosis or referral to a specialist.
Sometimes clinical negligence at the time of the injury or during surgery can lead to poor mobility in the knee, as well as stiffness and pain.
The ACL is a ligament located at the front of the knee. It stabilises the leg by preventing the thigh bone from slipping forward. It is one of a pair of cruciate ligaments in the knee, with the other called the posterior cruciate ligament. It is one of the four main ligaments in the knee and provides vital restraining force to assist with stability.
Injury to the ACL is the most common form of knee ligament injury and is often associated with sports, such as football, that involve stopping suddenly. Some people experience a click or pop and the knee will quickly become noticeably swollen.
Although the majority of ACL injuries are diagnosed successfully, a significant proportion of patients are subject to mistakes by medical professionals.
A number of tests can be performed to assist with the diagnosis of an ACL injury. These are used to check how stable the knee is and to identify any abnormalities regarding movement. Stability and movement abnormalities are key indicators of a tear, while a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can then confirm whether an ACL injury has occurred.
Following injury to the ACL, it is vital to rest and elevate the knee. A ruptured ACL will bleed internally and it is essential you place ice on the knee immediately following the injury. Compression in the form of an elasticated bandage may also aid recovery.
Surgery may be required if the knee is unstable. However, a course of physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee may be more suitable for some people.
To be successful with a claim of this kind, it is essential to get the advice of highly skilled and experienced solicitors. Our legal experts have years of experience successfully recovering compensation in ACL clinical negligence cases.
The team at JMW is widely regarded as among the very best clinical negligence departments in the UK and we have solicitors who are members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel and the specialist Law Society panel of medical negligence experts.