Orthopaedics & Spinal Solicitors

Orthopaedic surgery refers to operations on the bones, muscles and joints of the human body. Such surgery can include joint reconstruction, and spinal surgery, treatment of musculoskeletal cancer and surgical sports medicine.

How do orthopaedic negligence claims occur?

The vast majority of surgery is carried out successfully, but orthopaedic negligence claims do occur. These can stem from the failure to diagnose and treat fractures to various bones, often because no x-rays were taken, or they were misinterpreted.

If there is a delay in diagnosis, the patient might require surgery or the bones might heal in the wrong place. Sometimes more complicated surgery is needed as a result of the delay, and the outcome often leaves the patient with a permanent disability. If the fracture is to the spine, this can have devastating consequences such as nerve damage or paralysis. Delays to orthopaedic treatment can also increase the likelihood of developing arthritis and other complications.

A common list of the reasons for orthopaedic malpractice claims therefore covers a wide variety of errors and negligence, which includes the issues noted above, but also:

  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Undiagnosed & Missed Fractures
  • Negligent Hip Operations
  • Unnecessary Surgery On A Broken Bone
  • Missed Scaphoid Fractures
  • Problems arising during hip, knee or elbow replacement
  • Lack of or insufficient consent to surgery
  • Post-operative infection
  • ​Equipment malfunction
  • Nerve damage
  • Incorrect size of prosthesis

How we can help

In all such cases you are entitled to seek compensation for the stress, discomfort and expense you have experienced. Our team of specialist clinical negligence solicitors have expertise in dealing with orthopaedic malpractice claims including missed ankle fractures, scaphoid fractures, vertebral/neck fractures, tendon damage and carpal tunnel surgery.

If you have been affected by any of the above or you have concerns about the treatment you have received contact us on 0113 284 5000 or clinneg@isonharrison.co.uk for further information and free advice.