Orthopaedic medical negligence claims deal with errors in the diagnosis and treatment of issues with bones, muscles, nerves, and joints. If your doctor misses the signs of an orthopaedic problem or makes an error when operating on you, you may have an orthopaedic negligence claim. 

You make an orthopaedic negligence claim when you receive care that is less than what another professional would provide. You may suffer months or years of unnecessary pain and discomfort due to the medical negligence, and you might be able to claim compensation from those responsible. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can make your claim for orthopaedic negligence and get you the compensation you deserve.

Orthopaedic medical negligence claims

What is Orthopaedic Medical Negligence?

Orthopaedic medical negligence is when you receive less than professional care from a doctor or consultant when you have an issue with your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments. The areas of the body affected are the limbs, hands, back and feet. 

Medical negligence is medical care below that any other medical professional acting at an acceptable level would provide. With orthopaedic negligence, you could suffer chronic pain or walk with difficulty and may have problems with day-to-day movements of the fingers, toes, and joints. 

Any orthopaedic negligence could make a slight bone fracture or tendon strain a lot worse and see a minor issue develop into a condition that lasts many years. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can look at your case and see if you have a valid orthopaedic negligence claim for compensation.

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Common Orthopaedic Medical Negligence claims

Common orthopaedic medical negligence claims range from issues with diagnosis in A&E to errors when carrying out routine surgery. You expect care and treatment of a high standard when you visit any medical professional. Not receiving it with something like a broken foot and suffering, as a result, could be clear orthopaedic negligence.

Common orthopaedic medical negligence claims are:

Common Orthopaedic Medical Negligence claims

Failing to diagnose a broken finger

Failing to diagnose a broken finger can lead to delays in treatment and the bone setting incorrectly. If you go to A&E with a sore finger after an accident, the doctor should take care to order an X-Ray and do all the correct tests. 

To not check for a fracture by ordering further tests could be medical negligence, and you may have a claim for compensation.

Misdiagnosis of an ankle fracture

Misdiagnosis of an ankle fracture can happen with an A&E doctor, a paramedic at the scene of an accident or even at your GP surgery. The doctor should order an X-Ray if unsure of the diagnosis and ensure that the X-Ray is read correctly before making a full diagnosis of the injury. 

If the ankle fracture is misdiagnosed as a bad sprain, you could be in pain and risk damaging the joint permanently. When an X-Ray is reviewed there is a recall process if A&E have missed the fracture. If this recall process fails you can be walking around with a fractured ankle when the hospital should have called you back to the fracture clinic. In such scenarios a simple fracture which could have healed with immobilisation may require surgery after becoming what is known as a displaced fracture.

Severing of a nerve during surgery

The severing of a nerve during surgery may happen if the doctor is negligent when operating on your hip, jaw or shoulder injury. The severed nerve is unlikely may be damaged permanently and incapable of repair. This is even worse when the surgeon does not notice at the time.  

Your surgeon should take every caution when carrying out bone and joint surgery to avoid severing a nerve and causing serious injury.

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Errors during hip replacement surgery

Errors during hip replacement surgery can lead to pain, further surgery and maybe years of unnecessary treatment. If the surgeon inserts the wrong size hip or does not do the replacement surgery correctly, it can lead to many problems. 

Surgical standards should ensure a hip replacement surgery is error-free, and you should not have to suffer orthopaedic negligence when a surgeon does the operation wrong, known as a failure of technique, or when the surgeon uses the wrong sized implant.

Incorrect resetting of a broken bone

The incorrect resetting of a broken bone often leads to life-long problems with pain in using a limb, hand, or foot. You undergo surgery to reset the bone, but the surgeon is negligent and, instead of solving the issue, only makes it worse. 

You will suffer undue pain and may need multiple surgeries to fix the incorrect resetting of a broken bone.

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Unnecessary surgery for a broken leg

In an unnecessary surgery for a broken leg claim, the surgeon opted for surgery instead of going for the simple fix of applying a cast. Undergoing unnecessary surgery can put your health at risk and may delay the correct treatment for a broken bone. 

Surgery should not always be the first option when an orthopaedic doctor is looking to reset a broken leg.

Failing to operate on a broken leg

Failing to operate on a broken leg when surgery is necessary can delay the correct treatment and may even cause the broken leg to take longer to heal. If surgery on a fractured leg is necessary, the surgeon should carry out the operation before the bone sets incorrectly. 

Surgery is often necessary, and the orthopaedic surgeon should not miss the signs when diagnosing your treatment options.

Wrong site surgery

Wrong site surgery happens in a badly-run operating theatre and in cases where the surgeon fails to read a patient’s notes. By not following protocol, the surgeon may operate on the wrong shoulder or look to reset the wrong leg. Amputating the wrong limb can happen when errors are made during preparation for surgery. 

Wrong site surgery should never happen, and NICE guidelines outline how every surgery should proceed and how errors are avoided.

Are you eligible for compensation?

If you want to obtain compensation for the negligence you have suffered, we have a simple 3 step process to make sure you get the money you deserve

  • Take our online assessment & speak with our team

  • Our team of doctors and lawyers will undertake a full medical review based on your medical records

  • We will send a legal letter of claim and our solicitors will pursue your compensation on your behalf

All case reviews are 100% cost and commitment free.

Amputation due to delays in treatment

Amputation due to delays in treatment can happen if infection gets into the bone or joint and causes it to spread into the body. Delays in diagnosis can lead to errors and delays in treatment, which in some cases can lead to the amputation of an arm or leg. 

You should never suffer delays in your treatment, and to suffer as a result of a delay is obvious orthopaedic medical negligence.

Failure to inform a patient before surgery

Failure to inform a patient before surgery, such as not telling a patient about the dangers of an operation or the alternative treatments available, should not happen. 

The patient should be fully informed of what the surgery will do and if there are any less invasive options to consider. 

A patient may not wish to undergo surgery or may wish to opt for an alternative solution to their orthopaedic problems. 

Common orthopaedic negligence claims come from errors in diagnosing and treating common orthopaedic injuries and complaints.

Common orthopaedic injuries

Common orthopaedic injuries range from a broken finger to a snapped tendon and torn muscles. You can suffer an orthopaedic injury playing sport, in a road traffic accident or in a simple slip or fall when out walking. 

Some common orthopaedic injuries are:

  • Dislocated shoulder from a fall
  • Scaphoid fracture from a fall onto an outstretched hand (FOOSH)
  • Dislocated hip injury when playing rugby
  • Broken arm from slipping on a wet floor
  • Broken leg when falling from a bike
  • Torn ligaments when playing football
  • Repetitive strain injury through work
  • Trapped nerve from exercise
  • Broken bones from a road traffic accident
  • Sprained wrist from tripping on a footpath

A medical professional should recognise and treat any common orthopaedic injury, and you should not suffer orthopaedic medical negligence. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can take your orthopaedic negligence claim when it happens and seek compensation for your injuries.

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Compensation for orthopaedic medical negligence claims

You can seek compensation for orthopaedic medical negligence claims in amounts from the low £10,000s to over £10 million in some cases. 

The compensation varies depending on several factors, and orthopaedic negligence claims sometimes see very high awards, such as when misdiagnosis leads to amputation or a lifetime of unnecessary suffering and chronic pain.  

Compensation amounts in orthopaedic negligence claims can be:

  • Negligent care after hip surgery – £20,000
  • Failing to diagnose a scaphoid fracture – £25,000
  • Unnecessary surgery on knee injury – £80,000
  • Negligent replacement of knee joint – £92,500
  • Failing to recognise the need for shoulder surgery – £210,000
  • Misdiagnosis of a need for hip replacement – £250,000
  • Amputation of a leg after delays in treatment – £4 million
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All amounts are approximate and are only a guide to what is possible in orthopaedic negligence claims. Figures can be high in some claims as you or a loved one could need long-term care and may face medical bills for life. You claim for these care expenses and the medical costs in the future. 

As in all medical negligence claims, each case is dealt with on merit and how much the patient suffers due to orthopaedic complications. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will be the one to advise you on an orthopaedic negligence claim. They will know from experience what your case may be worth and how to make a successful claim. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will handle your orthopaedic negligence claim for compensation and for all damages incurred.

What can you claim for when you sue for orthopaedic negligence?

You can claim compensation for any damages that occurred when you sue for orthopaedic negligence. 

There are two types of compensation damages due when suing for any type of medical negligence: General damages and Special damages.

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General damages 

General damages are when you sue for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity, PSLA, you have experienced due to negligence.

  • Pain is that above what is normally expected for your procedure.
  • Suffering is the inconvenience and changes to your life that cause you discomfort.
  • Loss of Amenity is any difficulty you have in doing everyday tasks, such as walking, sitting, playing sports, and sleeping.

Special damages 

Special damages include loss of earnings, future care costs, and out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Loss of earnings includes compensation for time off work and any reduction of your income in the future.
  • Future care costs are for any care you will need as a result of medical negligence.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses cover medical appointments, travel, accommodation, and meals.

Be sure to keep payslips, receipts, and proof of any losses you experience due to the medical negligence.  

You deserve compensation to cover all losses, including loss of life, medical costs, and long-term care needs. 

When you or a loved one suffers from the effects of orthopaedic negligence, you make a claim for orthopaedic negligence compensation.

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The first step is to get in touch and tell us what went wrong. It’s free and easy. Call our 24-hour helpline: 0800 246 1122 or request a callback here.

Medical Evaluation

Once you have spoken with our team we’ll let you know how we can help. Typically the next step is to obtain your medical records for us to review.

Legal Letter

Once all your medical records have been received they will be reviewed by a medically & legally qualified member of our team. If there is evidence of medical negligence we will send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your medical negligence claim.

What are the steps involved in making an orthopaedic negligence claim?

The steps involved in making an orthopaedic negligence claim go from seeking medical advice to issuing court proceedings. 

The steps are a part of any successful compensation case, and settlement can happen at any stage in the process. 

Your medical negligence solicitor will do the rest when you follow the steps correctly and gather all the facts and figures.

Seek medical advice on the injuries you have suffered or are suffering immediately you realise you experienced orthopaedic negligence.

Contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor who operates on a No Win No Fee basis and tell them what went wrong. The right solicitor will look at your case, see where the problem lies, and advise if you suffered orthopaedic negligence. 

The Medical Negligence Team also have a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme, where you get all the money awarded in a negligence claim. 

You are the one who suffered medical negligence, and you should get all the money due for the suffering.

Your medical negligence solicitor obtains your medical records with your permission. By reading your records, they will confirm if they think you have a valid orthopaedic negligence claim. 

The medical negligence team will know from your medical records if the case will result in compensation being paid.

The medical negligence solicitor sending a letter of claim to the negligent party is the next step. The letter will ask them to admit the orthopaedic negligence in what is known as ‘sending a letter of claim.’ 

When the negligent party receives the letter of claim, it has up to four months to provide a written response.

Getting a response from the negligent party’s insurer will move your compensation claim closer to a conclusion. 

The insurer will either admit the medical negligence or say they intend to defend the case. Deciding to defend the case is known as ‘deny liability’ in legal terms. 

If they admit liability, your orthopaedic negligence claim can be valued, and the two parties will meet to decide on your compensation payment. 

Your solicitor will negotiate with the negligent party and use their experience to get the compensation you deserve.

Issuing court proceedings is the next step if they deny liability in your orthopaedic negligence claim. 

Going to court happens, too, when they are not prepared to pay a fair amount for the injuries you have suffered. Your medical negligence solicitor issues the court proceedings.  

Remember that less than 1% of medical negligence cases end up in court, and very few of those cases ever make it to the courtroom.

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“I fractured my wrist and Barts Hospital Trust in London failed to arrange appropriate follow up in the fracture clinic and as a result my surgery was delayed. Medical Negligence Team Law obtained all my medical records and radiology and quickly settled my claim. I received 100% of the compensation recovered with no deductions”

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“I required Tegretol medication for my underlying epilepsy and nocturnal seizure control but my pharmacy gave me something completely different by mistake. As a result after many years of having no seizures I had a number of seizures, a fall and needed time off work. The Medical Negligence Team got me the compensation I deserved including money for lost wages. They also paid 100% of the compensation to me with no deductions.”

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Using a No Win No Fee solicitor

Using a No Win No Fee solicitor is the only way to a successful orthopaedic negligence compensation claim. Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will not charge you for a claim you do not win.

Always have a fee agreement in place before engaging a medical negligence solicitor. If they start talking of a ‘win fee’ or a ‘success fee,’ you should walk away. The negligent party insurers should pay all fees. 

The medical negligence solicitor should also operate a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme. When you win the case, all the money awarded should go to you, not the solicitor. 

You are the one who suffered the orthopaedic negligence, and you deserve the compensation to get your life back to normal.

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How long do I have to make a claim for orthopaedic negligence?

You have three years to make a claim for orthopaedic negligence. All medical negligence claims are subject to limitation periods. 

For example, in England and Wales, medical negligence claims must generally be brought and court proceedings issued within three years of the injury or three years of knowledge of the facts giving rise to the orthopaedic negligence claim. 

If someone has passed away, it is the date of death if the limitation period has not expired at the date of death. 

Children not under a disability typically have until they reach 21 to start an orthopaedic negligence claim or court proceedings. 

Persons with a disability, who lack capacity, are not subject to any limitation period.

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Can I make a medical negligence claim against the NHS?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against the NHS. Suing the NHS for negligence is not unusual. People sue the NHS for compensation for medical negligence and receive the money they deserve for the negligent treatment. 

There are between 8,000 and 10,000 successful medical negligence claims against the NHS each year—amounts in compensation claims awarded against the NHS range from £1000 to over £10 million. 

The amount of compensation you receive covers minor injuries such as scarring to serious life-threatening negligence, which leaves you with long-term care needs. 

We trust in and use the NHS daily and do not expect negligence. It happens, though, and the NHS has a dedicated team to handle medical negligence compensation claims, called NHS resolution.

NHS Resolution has a responsibility to treat patients who seek compensation fairly. Patients pay for the NHS through their taxes, and for that they deserve respect and the best medical treatment.

Contact The Medical Negligence Team

Contact the Medical Negligence Team today to discuss your orthopaedic negligence claim for compensation. We have both the legal and medical experts to guide you along the steps to a successful medical negligence claim for compensation. 

At the Medical Negligence Team, we fight every compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis. You will not be out of pocket for an unsuccessful claim. 

We have a very high success rate and a reputation for a speedy and successful resolution to all medical negligence cases. 

Our 100% Compensation Guarantee puts all the money you win into your pocket. You or your loved one suffered orthopaedic negligence and deserve every penny of the compensation claim. 

Contact us at the Medical Negligence Team for all your medical negligence needs.

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