Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that deals with bones, joints and their associated muscles. It includes the diagnosis and treatment of deformities, fractures, tendon ruptures and joint replacements.
Unfortunately, not all orthopaedic procedures go to plan, and some patients may end up with serious, potentially lifelong problems as a result of medical negligence. If this happens, it may be possible to make a compensation claim.
how lees solicitors can help
At Lees Solicitors, we have acted on behalf of clients in a wide range of orthopaedic claims, including spinal injuries.
As orthopaedics spans such an extensive variety of medical issues, we keep a large database of experts who specialise in the different types of orthopaedic surgery. Our sources can advise on everything from back and neck problems to hand and foot surgery or joint replacement.
We have many years of experience in helping victims of medical negligence, so we know the correct questions to ask in order to give your orthopaedic claim every chance of success.
Our solicitors also appreciate that the consequences of these surgical errors can be complicated. We understand that clients may be suffering from emotional as well as physical problems.
These can affect every aspect of their lives, and in serious cases will impact upon their ability to return to work, which can cause serious financial problems. Clients may also require someone to care for them or it might be necessary for them to move to more suitable home.
making a claim
If you feel you have been the victim of orthopaedic negligence, it is important to contact us as soon as possible to start your claim. In the vast majority of these cases, compensation must be sought within three years of the patient being made aware that they have suffered an injury caused by the negligence of a medical professional.
To speak to us about your orthopaedic claim, call us free on 0800 387 927 and we will be happy to assess the circumstances surrounding your case.
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Do you think it is a good case?
It is hard to assess the merits of a case fully before we have seen the relevant medical records and, if necessary, seen the reports from independent experts. Our usual procedure is to consider the facts given to us by the client and then decide whether we are able to take the enquiry any further. We would then review it again once the medical records and any other documents or reports are to hand, and indeed, will keep the merits of the case under review throughout the case.
How long will it take?
Investigation of a case usually takes between 18m-2yrs, although more complex cases can take longer. Much depends on how quickly the hospitals etc provide the medical records and then on what the waiting list of the experts are like, and whether you need to be seen by more than 1 expert.
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