Knee Replacement Negligence Claims
Having a knee replaced, or partially replaced, is a last resort surgery to correct a painful and debilitating condition. It is not a surgery any patient undergoes without considerable deliberation as it involves both a stay in a hospital and a potentially lengthy period of recuperation. Most knee replacement surgeries are successful. However, there are some that fail due to medical negligence.
What is Knee Replacement Negligence?
Medical negligence occurs when medical staff do not deliver an acceptable standard of care. The cause of this substandard care can be human error, oversight, or inadequate procedures. Whatever the cause, the patient is the one who suffers, and when that negligence leads to their injury or illness, they may have a case for damages.
Examples of replacement knee negligence include:
- Not fully advising the patient of risks, potential outcomes, and alternatives, and obtaining informed consent.
- Surgical errors, including placing the prosthetic parts incorrectly.
- Faults in the manufacture of parts which leads to them breaking down.
- Inadequate postoperative care, causing infection.
- Unnecessary surgical procedures.
- Misdiagnosis and mistreatment.
It does not matter whether you had a knee replaced with a private Consultant or received your treatment on the NHS, you can still make a claim if negligent care led to you suffering further injury or illness.
A case study of knee replacement negligence details how a patient did not regain the expected pain-free mobility after his surgery. Struggling with pain and still using a crutch several months after surgery, he had to take more than the anticipated recovery time off work, and even went to A&E due to the pain. After becoming frustrated with being told there was no solution other than time, he sought a referral to a different orthopaedic surgeon who removed the original graft and joint in a successful corrective surgery nearly a year after the patient’s initial surgery.
How Can We Help?
The above case study is a typical example of the types of knee replacement negligence we handle at The Medical Negligence Experts. In that instance, compensation was awarded to the client for loss of earnings due to his extensive recovery time and his corrective surgery, the extra treatment he paid for (he was told by the consultant at A&E that massage would help), as well as the year of pain he had suffered unnecessarily. His lawyer was able to prove that negligence occurred and that it caused injury, which are the two criteria necessary for making a successful compensation claim.
There is a legal time limit for submitting a medical negligence claim so even if you’re not sure whether yours is valid, get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts to make an enquiry. Our professional solicitors will assess your situation and advise whether your claim has a good chance of success so you can decide whether you want to proceed.
We appreciate that it can be confusing knowing where or how to start making a claim for damages so we do everything we can to simplify the process and keep you up to date.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and find out how we can help you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.