Orthopaedic Surgeons specialise in the treatment of bone, muscle and joint problems. The wide spectrum of surgery which orthopaedic surgeons perform include the repairing of bone fractures, reducing joint dislocations, fusing joints and spinal discs, undertaking ligament reconstructive surgery and replacing major joints including the hip, knee and/or ankle.
Where medical errors occur in the planning and undertaking of orthopaedic surgery, serious consequences can be experienced by the affected patient including paralysis, nerve damage and major joint failure.
Ivor Fitzpatrick & Company have considerable experience in undertaking orthopaedic negligence claims* including in relation to:
- Inadequately performed spinal surgery;
- Inappropriate surgical placement and cementation technique in hip resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures;
- Inappropriate use and positioning of replacement prosthesis;
- Failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome;
- Nerve damage from inadequate surgical techniques;
- Post-operative infections.
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If you have experienced a poor outcome from an orthopaedic surgical procedure, it is of importance to seek expert advice in relation to whether there may be grounds to bring a claim in respect of the adequacy of the care and treatment which you have received. Such a claim may well allow you to fund remedial surgery which may be required as well as compensating you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenities which has been associated with any negligent performance of your initial surgery and which you are likely to continue to experience in the future.
Poor outcomes from orthopaedic surgery can be the consequence of inadequate surgical techniques and it is often challenging and complex to establish negligence in such cases as it may be necessary to exclude “innocent” explanations for post-operative findings (eg. migration of an implant). Infections in orthopaedic cases will often have particularly devastating consequences as it will usually be necessary to remove an artificial joint or implant in the presence of infection and any remedial surgery will often need to be postponed until the infection has been fully eradicated.
Ivor Fitzpatrick & Company has considerable experience in undertaking orthopaedic surgical claims. We will be in a position to provide you with detailed advice regarding the prospects of successfully bringing a legal claim following a full assessment of the circumstances of your particular injury/complications, to secure the expert evidence which will be necessary in order to fully investigate and establish your legal claim and to guide you through the legal processes which are involved in bringing such a medical negligence action.