Medical negligence claims relating to orthopaedic injuries are relatively common. Misdiagnosed or wrongly treated orthopaedic injuries may be devastating and can result serious and life-changing disabilities including amputations. Even minor fractures can have lasting consequences if not appropriately treated. This may result in the need for further treatment or rehabilitation and impact on your ability to return to work.
Examples of orthopaedic medical negligence claims include:-
- Delayed diagnosis of fractures or dislocations
- Misdiagnosis or mistreatment of fractures or dislocations
- Surgical errors
- Errors during joint replacement surgery
- Mistreatment or delayed diagnosis of orthopaedic or post-operative infections
- Nerve damage
- Damage to tendons or ligaments
- Equipment malfunction
- Incorrect size of joint replacement or prosthesis.
At Bolt Burdon Kemp, we have considerable experience of helping people with orthopaedic injuries to obtain compensation and we understand the impact these injuries can have.
Why should I make a claim?
Every claimant has their own individual reasons for making a clinical negligence claim. For example, you may want justice or wish to draw the healthcare provider’s attention to the treatment you received in the hope it will not be repeated. However, the main reason to make a claim is to obtain compensation for your injuries and financial losses.
Whilst we understand that in many cases no amount of compensation can fully address the impact of your injuries or restore the losses you have suffered, a successful claim for compensation can help to fund or recover the costs associated with your rehabilitation. Compensation can also offer financial security and peace of mind by providing you with funds to cover costs and financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries in future.
Negligent medical treatment can result in serious and life-changing disabilities. Further operations may be needed to treat your injuries or to reduce the extent of the damage caused. You may require private medical treatment, therapies or aids and equipment to facilitate your recovery. If your recovery is prolonged, you may not be able to return to work for some time which will result in loss of earnings. You may also need the support of others to assist you with daily activities such as shopping, cleaning, and childcare. Whatever your specific needs and priorities, the aim of compensation is to restore you as closely as possible to the position you were in prior to the negligence and to enable you to rebuild your quality of life.