Our clinical and medical negligence solicitors offer an initial consultation for people who’ve suffered an orthopaedic injury due to clinical negligence or a medical accident. If you need reliable, expert legal advice, please call freephone 0808 175 8000 or claim online and we’ll call you.
Orthopaedic injury claim cases
Fractures and injuries to bones, joints, muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments are known as orthopaedic injuries and are usually treated by orthopaedic surgeons. The causes of these injuries can include road traffic accidents, sporting incidents and slips, trips and falls.
However, another cause is medical negligence. This is when a procedure or treatment goes wrong, an injury is misdiagnosed or the diagnosis is unnecessarily delayed. Examples of clinical negligence include:
- Damage to nerves during surgery
- Surgery carried out on the wrong part of the body
- Surgery carried out without obtaining proper consent
- Delays or mistakes in diagnosis, particularly in relation to fractures or broken bones
- Problems with surgery or aftercare for knee, hip or elbow replacement procedures
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have won compensation in many clinical negligence claim cases arising from orthopaedic injuries. To find out whether you have a valid orthopaedic injury compensation claim and for expert advice on how to proceed, simply give our team a call for an initial consultation.
Sometimes fractures can be missed by surgeons and/or doctors. This may be because of mistakes in carrying out initial examinations and tests, or because fractures are missed on X-rays. Errors can also be made by inexperienced doctors, or under pressure staff in busy Accident and Emergency departments.
Over many successful years specialising in medical negligence claims, Slater and Gordon Lawyers have secured compensation for many victims of orthopaedic injuries including:
- A fractured hip left undiagnosed for two weeks
- Fractured vertebrae not diagnosed due to no X-rays being carried out
- A fractured scaphoid missed as the wrong X-rays were carried out
- A fractured talus missed, although the injury was clearly visible on X-rays
- A failure by doctors to diagnose a fractured patella because they didn’t arrange for any X-rays to be conducted
These kinds of errors, oversights and delays can have a huge impact on the patient. Medical negligence causes unnecessary pain and suffering for the injured person, as well as potentially worsening the injury, slowing down healing and increasing the recovery time needed. People who suffer from medical mistakes often have to take extra time off work, resulting in loss of earnings, and they can also experience long-lasting damage to the affected area due to a delay in proper treatment.
For advice on how to make an orthopaedic injury compensation claim or to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to, get in touch with Slater and Gordon Lawyers as soon as possible after the injury. Contact us online or call freephone on 0808 175 8000 at any time of the day or night - this number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Medical errors in surgery
Orthopaedic injuries and other medical problems often arise when surgery is done inadequately. Recent medical negligence cases won by Slater and Gordon Lawyers include:
- Hip replacement claims where the wrong component was used and/or the component was not fitted correctly
- Knee replacement claims where the prosthesis was not fitted correctly
- Ligament reconstruction operations where grafts were wrongly placed
- Bunion surgery and operations to straighten toes done badly
How to claim orthopaedic injury compensation
Like many medical negligence claims, there’s a time limit for starting an orthopaedic injury compensation claim. You have up to three years from the date of the incident to start your claim, so it’s important to seek legal advice immediately if you wish to claim compensation. Don’t delay - simply call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0808 175 8000 and we’ll offer specialist advice on how to proceed.
Our sensitive, highly professional solicitors will take down details including the date of the incident, the nature and extent of your injuries and the correspondence you have so far had with the medical facility or doctor. They may also ask about the effect that the injury has had on your life, work, family and finances, in addition to pain and suffering, as this can affect your chances of success in your case and the amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
How Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help
If you feel that you or a member of your family may have an orthopaedic injury claim, contact Slater and Gordon Lawyers for an initial consultation to discuss your case and we’ll be happy to help you.
We don’t believe that our clients should be left out of pocket simply for pursuing justice after an accident or injury that was someone else’s fault. This is why the majority (98%) of our medical and clinical negligence cases are funded through Conditional Fee Agreements, which are more commonly known as No Win, No Fee agreements. If you make use of these arrangements, you can rest assured there’ll be no risk to your personal finances.
We can provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales from our offices throughout the UK. If you need our help, our specialist orthopaedic injury compensation claims team are on hand to assist you with starting your claim.
Expert legal advice from a specialist in orthopaedic injury compensation is just one freephone call away. Please contact our clinical and medical negligence solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or claim online and we’ll call you.
Many of the solicitors at Slater and Gordon are members of the Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).