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Hip Injury Misdiagnosis
If you have suffered a hip injury that was caused or exacerbated by medical negligence, or if your injury was not identified or properly treated by a medical professional, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation. The team at JMW is highly experienced in dealing with cases of this nature and we can ensure you have the best possible chance of a successful outcome.
Discuss your hip injury claim with our team today by calling us on 0800 054 6512. If you would prefer for us to contact you, simply leave your details via our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are happy to provide free initial advice and to answer any questions you may have.
You may be able to make a claim for compensation if you have suffered a hip injury that was missed or misdiagnosed by a medical professional, or if you underwent hip surgery and errors made during the operation led to your increased suffering.
It may be that you fractured your hip and, had this been detected sooner, the injury would have been much easier to fix. If this fracture was missed and treatment delayed, the consequences can be much more serious and may result in reduced mobility and the need for total hip replacement.
Surgery is often performed on a person's hip to improve their mobility and, ultimately, their quality of life. There are various reasons why it may be required, including:
- Injury, such as a broken hip from a fall
- Congenital abnormalities
- Wear and tear of the hip joint over a long period of time
While the surgery is intended to improve quality of life, mistakes made during the procedure can have the opposite effect and instead of changing things for the better, can result in increased suffering.
If you have suffered injury caused by surgical error, making a claim can help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled.
The main types of hip surgery are:
- Hip resurfacing - Also known as arthroplasty, this operation involves metal implants being used to replace diseased or damaged parts of the hip joint
- Total hip replacement - This can include either one or both hips being replaced, with metal, plastic or ceramic parts replacing the bones of the joint
- Hip revision surgery - This involves the replacement of a hip replacement joint
Errors made during hip replacement surgery can include:
- Faulty hip replacement - A defective implant could lead to you requiring further surgery or, in more severe cases, requiring the use of a wheelchair
- Incorrectly-sized hip replacement - If you are fitted with the wrong size hip, this could result in further problems with mobility, as well as pain and discomfort
- Loose implant - An implant could become looser quicker than it normally would if it has not been fitted correctly
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.
Case study about a baby who suffered problems due to a poor standard of care for her dislocated hips
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.
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.
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.
JMW has helped many people secure the compensation to which they are entitled after having suffered problems with their hips due to the negligence of others. We are here to guide you throughout the entirety of the claims process, supporting you from start to finish.
Our clinical negligence team is among the most highly regarded in the UK and includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.