Orthopaedic Surgery Compensation Claims

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of negligent orthopaedic surgery or treatment, our medical negligence solicitors can help you to claim compensation.

Many of us will come into contact with an orthopaedic doctor or surgeon during our lifetime, due to broken bones, or the need for a hip or knee replacement, for example. Orthopaedics covers numerous types of injuries and diseases, ranging from fractures through to osteoarthritis and surgical replacement of joints.

Types of orthopaedic claims

There are two main types of orthopaedic negligence claim: missed fractures and surgical errors.

Missed fractures

Diagnosing a fracture is normally straightforward and most fractures heal successfully without any long-term implications. However, whilst thousands of us are treated for fractures each year, mistakes can happen due to inadequate checks at hospitals or medical centres, an inexperienced doctor or the fracture being hard to locate.

If there is a delay in diagnosis or treatment of a fracture, patients can suffer from further pain and disability, ongoing care costs, the requirement for further surgery, and loss of earnings. By starting a compensation claim for a missed fracture, our medical negligence solicitors can help you to recover the costs of ongoing care and rehabilitation, and may be able to cover any loss of earnings.

Client story | £267,000 settlement for missed fracture

Orthopaedic surgery errors

As well as missed fractures, orthopaedic injury claims may arise when orthopaedic surgery is not performed correctly. Errors during surgery can cause unnecessary further pain and suffering and can even make the fracture or condition worse.

Negligence as a result of surgical errors can include:

  • Problems with surgical aftercare
  • Surgery carried out without obtaining consent
  • Surgery being carried out on the wrong part of the body
  • Nerve damage during surgery
  • Poor surgical technique
  • Incorrect choice of prosthetic joint

A commonly performed type of orthopaedic surgery is knee and hip replacement. This is used to resolve pain and restricted mobility. However, if the replacement joint isn’t inserted correctly or is the wrong size, you will need further surgery to resolve the problem.

This can lead to nerve damage, long-term pain and, in more serious cases, loss of mobility.

Client story | £115,000 following knee replacement surgery

Why choose Barcan+Kirby for your orthopaedic injury claim?

When you instruct our medical negligence solicitors, you can be assured that you will receive an award-winning service and the best client care. Our team is ranked by Chambers and Partners UK and is top tier ranked in Legal 500.

Our Clinical Negligence team is headed up by panel members of Action Against Medical Accidents, the charity for patient safety and justice, and the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme.

Our medical negligence lawyers also work with various external experts to ensure your case is managed to the highest standard. This includes medical experts, barristers, cost lawyers and charities.

No win, no fee orthopaedic compensation claims

Our medical negligence solicitors represent the majority of our clients on a no win, no fee basis, meaning that there is no payment required from you when starting a claim.

If your orthopaedic injury claim is successful, the majority of your legal fees will usually be recovered from the defendant. Any success fee can be paid from your compensation.

There are several other options for funding a medical negligence claim.

Get in touch with our orthopaedic claims solicitors

Our medical negligence solicitors pursue claims arising from medical malpractice and clinical negligence. We help clients across the UK from our offices across Bristol, in Bedminster, Bishopston, Bristol city centre, Kingswood and Thornbury.

To speak to a member of our expert team about a claim for a missed fracture, hip or knee replacement failure or any other orthopaedic injury, call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.


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