Have you been the victim of an orthopaedic injury following medical negligence? Claims National is here to help and provide you with the information on whether you can claim compensation.
While errors during orthopaedic (bone and joint) procedures are rare, when they do happen they can have catastrophic effects on the patient.
Major repercussions include being left with significant deformity or mobility problems. Errors that can arise are misdiagnosis, failure to provide proper treatment and surgical errors. Sometimes these errors can result in a patient having to have a limb amputated, for a person that enjoys an active lifestyle this can be a devastating loss.
Orthopaedics work with a large range of personal injuries of which they may be required to make a diagnosis or even perform an operation. However, the main areas in which orthopaedic surgeons specialise in include; hand, shoulder and elbow surgery, joint reconstruction, paediatric orthopaedics, foot and ankle surgery, back and spine surgery, musculoskeletal oncology, surgical sports medicine and finally, orthopaedic trauma.
Thousands of people are successfully treated by orthopaedic specialists every year however, mistakes can be made and it just so happens that this is more common in the orthopaedic field than in any other department of the medical profession.
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The most frequently occurring errors made within the orthopaedic profession include:
- A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis; this is sometimes caused by the misreading of X ray scans
- Injury caused to nerves; this can sometimes occur during the course of orthopaedic surgery which can result in you being permanently damaged and/or a disability in movement
- Failure to recognise or treat fractures
- Incorrect repair of a fracture; this can sometimes lead to the patient needing further surgery
- Poor operative technique in surgery; this can be in joint replacement surgery, implant surgery, and dislocation surgery
- Inadequate dressing of wounds; this could lead to infection and further health complications
Medical negligence cases are quite often very serious as they can result in permanent damage, disability, paralysis, or restricted mobility. Therefore, the amount of compensation you receive in orthopaedic negligence cases is usually quite high, depending on the severity of your injury and the future complications associated with it. The amount of compensation you receive will be decided upon certain factors such as the disability the injuries have caused you, any loss of earnings, costs of corrective surgery, costs of physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and any pain and suffering you may have experienced.