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Knee Replacement Surgery Claims
You may be eligible to claim life-changing compensation if you have undergone knee replacement surgery that has gone wrong. Although total knee replacement or partial knee replacement is intended to improve mobility and quality of life, mistakes can happen and this can leave you facing new or exacerbated problems following your operation. JMW is highly experienced in handling claims of this type and we are here to provide all of the expert guidance you need.
To find out more about whether you are in a position to make a knee replacement surgery claim or to discuss your situation in more detail, get in touch with us today. Simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as they can. Our specialists have extensive experience in dealing with such legal issues.
This type of surgery can take two forms: total knee replacement surgery and partial knee replacement surgery. It often has a very positive impact on a person's life as it can significantly improve mobility, allowing you to mobilise better than you did previously and able to take part in physical activities that you may not have been able to prior to the operation.
The surgery is otherwise known as arthroplasty and involves using an artificial joint to replace a knee that has been damaged, become worn or been affected by disease. It is a fairly common operation and those over the age of 65 are most likely to undergo this type of surgery.
Total knee replacement, often shortened to TKR, involves the replacement of both sides of your knee joint, while partial knee replacement - or PKR - involves the replacement of just one side. Undergoing TKR will typically mean a longer hospital stay and recovery period compared to PKR.
Although the majority of procedures are carried out successfully, a significant proportion of patients are subject to mistakes by medical professionals before, during or after the surgery.
If the surgery is performed negligently and not to the required standard of care, this can lead to the patient suffering from a range of different problems. These can include:
- Limited mobility
- Severe pain
- Stiffness in the knee
- Damage around the knee joint, including to the nerves, ligaments or arteries
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Blood clots
- Unexpected bleeding into the knee joint
Mistakes made during knee replacement surgery can clearly have a huge impact on the life of the victim, potentially even leading to long-term disability. They can also leave you facing significant costs that, without the aid of compensation, you may struggle to pay. These can include:
- Further treatment
- Alternative transport arrangements
This is why expert legal advice and - if the case is ultimately successful - compensation is so important, as it can increase your quality of life considerably.
Usually, you will only be recommended knee replacement surgery if other treatments have been unsuccessful. These might include physiotherapy and steroid injections. The most common reasons as to why surgery of this type is required include:
- Knee injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Signs that you may require treatment can include:
- Pain and swelling in your knee
- Stiffness and reduced mobility
- Increased difficulty carrying out everyday tasks, such as getting out of the bath
- Severe pain disrupting your everyday life and ability to sleep
At JMW, our legal experts have dealt with a wide variety of knee replacement surgery clinical negligence cases, with patients suffering from a range of different problems.
We pride ourselves on being both knowledgeable of medical matters and of the law surrounding claims of this type. We will guide you through the process, offering support and advice along the way. Our clinical negligence team is known as one of the very best in the North West and includes members of both the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel.
We are in your corner and will fight to ensure you are able to secure the best compensation amount possible.