Mistakes can arise during orthopaedic surgery and such cases are unfortunately very common. If you have been affected, you may be entitled to compensation.

We have come across a number of orthopaedic injuries which occurred during orthopaedic surgery.

Orthopaedic negligence covers a wide range of injuries to patients and the following list is not exhaustive:

  • Hand, shoulder and elbow surgery

  • Joint reconstruction

  • Paediatric orthopaedics

  • Foot and ankle surgery

  • Back and spine surgery

  • Surgical sports medicine

  • Orthopaedic trauma

  • Musculoskeletal oncology

Orthopaedic negligence claims usually occur because of the negligence of the Orthopaedic Surgeon and our cases to date have involved the following instances of negligence:

  • Delay in diagnosis of fracture

  • Incorrect site surgery

  • Problems arising during hip, knee or elbow replacement

  • General surgical errors particularly mistakes made during foot and ankle surgery

  • Post-operative infection

  • Lack of consent to surgery

  • Equipment malfunction

  • Nerve damage

CLIENT CASE STUDY: Compensation case taken against hospital consultant orthopaedic surgeon

Our client Philip had Dupuytren’s surgery and during the course of the operation the Orthopaedic Surgeon was negligent because of the manner in which he carried out the surgery.

Philip was left with nerve damage to his hand. Our client was a manual worker and was left unable to continue to work to the same capacity as he had prior to the surgery. Our client’s nerves were damaged during the course of the operation.

A number of nerve conduction tests were carried out and we obtained a medical report from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the UK confirming that that Orthopaedic Surgeon that carried out our client’s surgery was negligent.

We took proceedings on our client’s behalf before the High Court and we briefed Junior and Senior Counsel to advise on the matter. Our client’s case eventually settled wherein he was compensated for the medical negligence and the pain and suffering which he sustained as a result of the negligent surgery.


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For further information and advice regarding your legal rights to claim* and entitlements please contact Sinnott Solicitors  below and your enquiry will be forwarded to a Solicitor who specialises in medical negligence.