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Orthopaedic Negligence Claims

Orthopaedic Negligence Claims

If handled incorrectly, orthopaedic injuries and treatments can have a drastic impact on your life, family and career.

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Orthopaedic Negligence Claims

What is an orthopaedic injury claim?

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What are the common causes of orthopaedic injury claims?

  • Workplace accidents: Many of our clients suffer an orthopaedic injury at work due to heavy lifting, operating dangerous equipment or performing the same action repeatedly. Common workplace orthopaedic injuries include compression fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, and distal radius fractures. 
     
  • Road traffic accidents: Orthopaedic injuries often result from collisions involving cars, vans, buses, and lorries. Vulnerable road users like motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians can suffer the most severe orthopaedic damage. Orthopaedic injuries from road traffic accidents include labral tears (dislocated shoulders), broken bones, and sprained ankles. 
     
  • Slips, trips, and falls: Fractures, sprains, dislocations, and other injuries often happen outdoors and within business premises like retail or leisure establishments. Injuries related to slips, trips, and falls include rotator cuff tears and stress fractures. 
     
  • Sports and recreational activities: High-impact sports or activities can result in acute or chronic orthopaedic injuries. Inadequate safety measures or equipment or a fitness trainer causes a client to overexert. Orthopaedic sporting injuries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and tennis elbow. 
     
  • Medical negligence: Sometimes, the treatment we get from doctors and surgeons to treat an orthopaedic injury may worsen the problem. Medical negligence related to orthopaedic surgery may bring on mobility issues, blood clotting, nerve damage, amputation, or worse. 

What are the symptoms of orthopaedic injuries?

How are orthopaedic injuries treated?

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE): This is a standard first-aid treatment that can minimise swelling and bruising and make the pain you’re feeling less severe. 
     
  • Physiotherapy: A physiotherapist will provide exercises designed to help you regain the flexibility, mobility and strength around where you were injured. 
     
  • Immobilisation: In more severe cases where you’ve experienced a broken a bone or pulled ligament, you may be prescribed a cast, splint or brace to keep the injured part of your body still. 
     
  • Surgery: For more severe and complex injuries where more significant intervention than immobilisation is needed, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair any broken bones, damaged joints, and torn ligaments. 
     
  • Pain management: The pain from your injury may last for a while, even when undergoing other treatments. You can use over-the-counter or prescription medications to ease it. 
     
  • Rehabilitation: If you have impaired physical function, rehabilitation can restore it. You might be offered more rehabilitation after you’ve undergone surgery. 

Can I claim for orthopaedic injuries?

Orthopaedic Injury Cases 

  • Andrew: Andrew underwent five avoidable surgeries and four hip dislocations following a consultation with a hip specialist. Our medical negligence team took up his case and Andrew received a settlement for £22,500. 
  • 37-year old client: A motorcyclist in Reading was involved in a serious road traffic accident after colliding into a vehicle that pulled out from a nearside car park. Our client required multiple surgical treatments as his movement had been severely restricted as a result of the accident. He was awarded £200,000 in compensation and is looking forward to a fresh start. 
  • 60-year old client: Our client collided into a car which pulled out from a side road when he was riding his motorcycle. He suffered a variety of injuries ranging from a fractured humerus to a lateral process fracture. He experienced psychological trauma as a result and developed pneumonia when in hospital. Fletchers secured our client £454,000 in compensation. 

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Christian Beadell
Partner and Senior Clinical Negligence Solicitor

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Christian Beadell
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Gerard Horton
Partner and Senior Serious Injury Solicitor

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Gerard Horton
Partner and Senior Serious Injury Solicitor

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Why Choose Fletchers?

Our dedicated team has won national awards and has fought to win landmark cases that have helped shape serious injury law within the UK.

Orthopaedic Surgery Claims – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most common orthopaedic injury?

The most common orthopaedic injuries are strains and sprains, ACL injuries, fractures, tendonitis, and rotator cuff injuries. All of these range in their level of severity with the most serious injuries being potentially life-changing.

What is an example of orthopaedic trauma?

Doctors classify orthopaedic traumas as severe injuries to the musculoskeletal system that happen as a result of an external force. They could be a violent attack, being involved in a serious injury, or falling from height.

Sources:
Center for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine
MedStar Health
Mount Sinai

What are 3 types of traumatic injury?

The three types of traumatic injury which can also be musculoskeletal injuries are acute, chronic, and complex. An acute trauma is the result of a single accident. A chronic trauma comes from repeated exposure to injury (for example, domestic abuse) and a complex trauma is when you experience multiple and varied traumatic events. 

How much time do I have to claim?

There is a statutory time limit of three years after your accident in which you can make a claim. There are some exceptions to this limitation, so please speak to us for advice on the specifics of your claim.

How much does it cost to make an orthopaedic surgery claim?

Fletchers operate on a no-win, no-fee basis. Sometimes called a “conditional fee arrangement”, you won’t pay us anything if we do not secure compensation for your injury. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay after-the-event (ATE) insurance before we progress with your case.

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If your injury has been caused or contributed to by trauma following an accident or incident (such as an assault) or if it may have been caused through the negligent treatment of a health professional, then you could be entitled to compensation.

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