Failed Hip Replacement Compensation Claims
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According to the National Joint Registry, England and Wales has approximately 160,000 persons obtain a hip or knee replacement every year. And while the pain of a faulty hip can be excruciating, a failed hip replacement can have more of an impact and have higher risks of damage to the body, in some cases even death has occurred due to poor hip replacement. If you or a family member believe that you have received a failed hip replacement surgery, here is what you should know.
When a person has hip replacement surgery, there is an expected amount of time and physical therapy associated with the recovery process. The duration is dependent upon many factors such as existing health conditions and age. After such a period has passed, if any of the following symptoms occur, you are urged to seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a failed hip replacement surgery include:
- Inability to move or rotate the hip
- Extensive pain when walking or moving
- Swelling around the hip or groin area, especially around the incision
- Lumps under the skin near the replaced hip
- Non-healing bruising around the hip (this may be a sign of a more serious issue)
- Squeaking or popping of the hip when moving
- Dislocation of the hip
- Physical sliding of pins
- Blurred vision and dizziness
A test of the chromium or cobalt in the bloodstream is generally a good indicator of the status of your hip replacement. Should the levels be too high, you are advised to seek the advice of a doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner.
Unfortunately, the only real solution for a poor hip replacement is to undergo surgery again and have the problem fixed. The replacement surgery generally requires more time to heal than the original surgery. The reason being that depending upon the body’s acceptance or rejection of the replacement, the material and the leg bone may have merged together. Replacement would then require that the surgeon “brake” or “saw” the bone to remove the faulty hip and then replace it with the new hip.
Age as well as the severity of the faulty hip increase the chances of ongoing physical damage to the person receiving the secondary (or later) surgery.
A failed hip replacement surgery claim is based upon the negligence of the doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner. Should there be a recall on the hip from the manufacturer, you would need to file a claim against the manufacturer of the hip and not against the doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner unless such person knew prior to surgery of the recall or potential for recall on the hip replacement.
If you have had a hip replacement and the scar tissue from the surgery has caused you physical restrictions due to the negligence of the surgeon, you may have grounds for a claim.
Patients who have been released from physical therapy and as a result have had complications with their hip replacement may have grounds for a claim, especially if in the course of therapy signs were present that a faulty surgery had occurred. If you have had to undergo another hip replacement surgery to fix the problems with a recalled or improperly installed hip replacement, you definitively have ground for a claim.
Family members who have had blood complications resulting in death from negligence in the surgery have grounds for a claim.
Amputation of a leg as a result of damage caused by a faulty hip replacement is grounds for a claim if the condition which caused the leg to require amputation could have been avoided under normal circumstances.
Compensation claims are based upon the time in which the claim was filed from the event. As such, the sooner you file the better. There are time restrictions and so it is strongly advised that you seek the services of a compensation professional. The professional should be able to evaluate your specific case and to offer an opinion about the best method to get the compensation that you deserve.
Compensation is calculated by the risk of negligence, the severity of the negligence, the duration of the pain and suffering, the ratio of claims against a particular party, and the analysis of a second accredited medical professional. Persons filing a compensation claim for a failed hip surgery are encouraged to continue treatment and therapy as prescribed by their doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner. Never risk your health by attempting to elevate your injuries to receive compensation. Such can be deadly, apart from it being illegal to do so.
Should you have any questions regarding filing a claim or if you wish to have your case reviewed please contact us directly with your inquires. If you have suffered a Failed Hip Replacement then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers Solicitors today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim.
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