Orthopaedics relates to bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, joints, tissue and nerves which make up the musculskeletal system. Orthopaedic specialists look after bones, help to heal them when they are broken and look for problems with muscles and joints too. Treatment can be conservative, such as casts, braces, medication and physiotherapy, but sometimes surgery is needed to ensure the best chance of recovery. Also, orthopaedic surgeons will perform relacement surgery to, for example, hips, knees, elbows and toes.
The NHS and other orthopaedic providers generally provide a good service but unfortunately, occasionally things can go wrong, for example:
- missed fractures
- delay with diagnosing of a fracture
- misdiagnosing the type of fracture suffered
- failure to perform surgery when it was appropriate to do so
- failure to identify meniscal tears, ruptured Achilles tendons and other rupture of tendons
- problems arising from hip, knee, elbow or toe replacement surgery
- failure to refer for physiotherapy
- lack of consent to surgery
If you feel you saw an orthopaedic specialist with symptoms that were dismissed, ignored or misdiagnosed and you suffer harm as a result you may be able to take legal action for compensation. Orthopaedic surgery claims are difficult and expert advice and expert evidence is needed to work out whether you have a claim. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will be able to advise you and we will act for you on a NO WIN NO FEE basis meaning that you will not have to pay any legal fees should your case be unsuccessful. Contact us today to make a claim.