Orthopaedics is the medical term used in the treatment and surgery of a disorder, condition or injury that affects your:
A GP or doctor should promptly refer you to an orthopaedic/trauma consultant for the treatment of:
Other conditions that require the attention of a orthopaedic specialist will also include:
A delay in treatment can cause an injury or condition to deteriorate and lead to further complications. In some cases, a patient can be left suffering with a severe disability caused by permanent nerve injury and loss of muscle function.
Your GP, doctor, specialist or other clinician has a duty of care to promptly and correctly diagnose and treat orthopaedic injuries or conditions.
Starting a claim for clinical negligence is not always an easy decision
You may have grounds to believe that you or a loved one have not received the appropriate standard of care expected from your doctor or hospital if there was:
Your Legal Friend has many years of experience in successfully resolving different types of clinical negligence cases. We offer a specialist knowledge of both legal and medical issues, together with a sensitive understanding of how everyone involved is affected.
We can help you:
Orthopaedic facts and stats
A doctor or consultant at a hospital A&E department should carry out a prompt, initial assessment to determine the type and severity of an injury or condition affecting a bone, joint, muscle or ligament. Key tests should be undertaken such as X-rays and blood tests.
What are the common orthopaedic procedures?
Other types of surgery:
Surgery to correct a bone deformity
- Fusion surgery (where bones are welded together to heal into a single, solid bone)
- Osteotomy (correcting a misaligned bone to help prevent degeneration of an adjacent joint)
If left untreated, deformities of the spine or limbs can restrict movement and function, and cause long-term impairment.
A specialist should recommend exercises or physiotherapy to restore movement, strength and functionality.
Orthopaedic negligence – how does it happen?
A patient may be caused preventable harm, suffering or loss as a result of:
Orthopaedic negligence - do I have a claim?
You may have grounds to make a claim for an orthopaedic injury , if you are able to show:
For a claim of negligence to be successful, you have to show:
How Your Legal Friend can help you
The consequences of a late diagnosis or failure to correctly treat an orthopaedic injury or condition can leave a patient with severe long term physical problems.
As experienced clinical negligence specialists, we ensure your case is properly investigated and your voice heard in order to bring the hospital, health trust or medical practitioner to account for the harm and suffering they have caused, and to prevent others from suffering in a similar way.
Your Legal Friend is committed to ensuring victims of clinical negligence obtain answers and receive appropriate compensation so that their future medical treatment and care needs are properly met.