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Orthopaedics is the branch of surgery or medicine concerned with conditions involving the muscoskeletal system.

There are over 200 bones in the body and it is therefore unsurprising that following a heavy trauma, some bones can break or fracture. Complications of fractures are fairly common.

Fractures are classified as either closed or simple fractures, or open/compound fractures.  Simple closed fractures are fractures that occur along one line and where the skin remains intact or merely grazed.  Open compound fractures are more serious and involve wounds that communicate with the fracture and may expose bone to contamination.  A compound fracture is also more serious because there is a greater potential for blood loss.

Errors sadly frequently arise in relation to orthopaedic treatment and clinical negligence claims are common place in relation to:

  • a failure to diagnose and treat a fracture or orthopaedic injury;

  • errors during the course of a surgical procedure.

Types of surgery

In Orthopaedic medicine, frequently errors occur during the course of surgical procedures such as:

  • Knee Surgery

  • Knee Replacement

  • Hip Replacement

  • Hip Resurfacing

  • Shoulder Surgery

  • Hand Surgery

  • Ankle Surgery

  • Arm Surgery

  • Leg Surgery

  • Foot Surgery

Orthopaedic procedures are usually performed by Orthopaedic surgeons, who are trained to deal with problems that develop in the bones, joints, and ligaments of the human body. Despite their years of training, Orthopaedic surgeons and nurses sometimes fail to diagnose, manage or treat fractures efficiently, resulting in unnecessary pain and suffering for the patient.

Fractures are examined by X-ray to identify the position of the bones and the treatment required is determined by the results of this. However, errors can be made when examining a patient who has a fracture which can include:

  • Failure to x-ray;

  • Misinterpretation of x-ray;

  • Failure in x-ray technique.

Medical care and rehabilitation

Medical care required to treat a case following orthopaedic injury can vary greatly from requiring physiotherapy to requiring further surgery to rectify the error and rehabilitation thereafter.

We have vast experience of working with rehabilitation units throughout the country, working closely with rehabilitation experts both in the NHS and in the private sector to ensure the continuity of your care.

It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist you with:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Re-education/training

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Aids and equipment

  • Care support

  • Therapeutic services

  • Case management.

Long-term support and care

Orthopaedic injuries can be very serious and if surgical errors occur or a misdiagnosis takes place, this can result in complications requiring long term care.

Some people who suffer as a result of medical negligence will require support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you. These include:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;

  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

  • Charities and support groups.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.

Can I claim compensation?

Surgical errors and misdiagnosis by healthcare professionals can arise in a number of situations however if the error or misdiagnosis has resulted in injury, further pain or extra treatment being required then you may have a claim for compensation.

We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where you have suffered as a result of the negligence of your healthcare professional.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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