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Hip Replacement Surgery Negligence Claims 

Each year, around 160,000 hip and knee replacement procedures are performed each year in England and Wales. The large majority of these procedures go well, and the hip replacements tend to last around 25 years. 
 
However, as with all invasive surgeries, sometimes things go wrong, and the patient can be left with injuries as a result of the hip replacement surgery. When this happens, our medical negligence solicitors specialising in surgical negligence are here to help, and to win financial compensation for the injured patients. 
 
If you have been injured in a hip replacement surgery gone wrong, then do not hesitate to get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors today for a no-obligation discussion of your NO WIN NO FEE claim for financial compensation. 
Our specialised medical negligence solicitors have 30 years of experience in all aspects of medical negligence financial compensation claims, and have achieved a success rate of over 99%. Click below to learn more about what our expert medical negligence solicitors do, and why they are the right team for you. 

What is a hip replacement surgery? 

In a hip replacement surgery, a damaged or affected hip joint is replaced with a prosthetic alternative to the existing joint. They are offered to patients suffering from an injured hip joint, or where the bone has suffered from excessive wear, and usually to patients who are suffering from pain and impacted mobility as a result of the issue. 
 
Some of the common medical conditions and injuries that lead to hip replacement surgeries being conducted include: 
 
Arthritis 
Septic Arthritis 
Osteoarthritis 
Hip fracture 
Hips dislocations 
Orthopaedic issues affecting bone growth 
 
Because of the degenerative nature of these conditions, hip replacements are typically done on patients between the ages of 60 and 80. 

Hip replacement surgery gone wrong: 

Hip replacement surgery gone wrong can occur at any point during the procedure. This can be during the preparation before the procedure, such as the surgeon not checking if you have any medical conditions making you at higher risk of injury, obtaining consent, or failing to properly sanitise the equipment. It can also be caused by negligence during the surgery itself, such as not taking due care to avoid nerve endings, or monitor a patient’s heart rate during the surgery. Hip replacement surgery medical negligence claims can also be made for inadequate post-surgery care. 

What can go wrong with hip replacement surgery? 

With the invasive nature of hip replacement surgery, there are a number of different ways in which it can go wrong, and patients can suffer from avoidable and unnecessary further injury. 
 
Some of these include: 
 
Blood clots 
Fractures due to bad surgical performance 
Dislocations due to bad surgical performance 
Hip replacement surgery being done on the wrong hip 
Change in leg length due to negligent surgical performance 
Nerve damage 

Can you sue for a bad hip replacement? 

A hip replacement surgical negligence claim can be made for any injuries that a patient suffers as a result of negligence and mistakes made during the hip replacement surgery. However, what this does not cover is reasonable and expected side effects associated with hip replacement surgery. If you have been warned of possible side effects of your surgery, and these side effects can occur even if the surgery was carried out well, such as unavoidable side effects, then you probably will not be eligible to make a hip replacement medical negligence claim. 
 
For more information on your particular situation, and particular surgery, then contact MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors for a no-obligation discussion of your potential hip replacement surgery medical negligence claim. 

Can I make a claim for a death after hip replacement? 

If your relative or loved one has died after undergoing a hip replacement surgery, and their death was linked to injury or illness arising as a result of the hip replacement surgery, then you could be eligible to make a fatal hip replacement medical negligence claim on their behalf. 
 
These fatal negligence claims can be particularly distressing for our clients, and can be more complicated to pursue. Because of this, you should get in touch with a medical negligence solicitor specialising in fatal negligence claims, such as MG Legal, as soon as possible, so we can get your claim started right away. 

How much compensation will I get for a hip replacement claim? 

The questions ‘How much compensation will I get for a hip replacement?’, ‘average payouts for hip replacements UK?’, or ‘what is the average settlement for a hip surgery claim?’, are difficult to offer one straight answer to. 
 
When you work with our surgical negligence solicitors, we will work with all of the available medical and legal evidence in your case to value your claim. Working with a specialist medical negligence solicitor such as MG Legal is the only way to rest assured that everything has been taken into consideration in your claim, and that you will receive the maximum amount of financial compensation in your claim. For a full overview of the different damages and types of compensation included in a hip replacement medical negligence claim, see this here. 
In terms of the pain and suffering for the injury alone, our medical negligence solicitors have put together the below table using the relevant guidelines for how much your hip replacement gone wrong claim could be worth. 
Hip Injury: 
Potential Compensation: 
Severe hip injuries- extensive fractures of the pelvis area involving, for example, dislocation of a lower back joint and a ruptured bladder, or resulting in spinal fusion and accompanying intolerable pain. Substantial accompanying problems such as lack of bladder control, sexual dysfunction, and hip deformity.  
£73,580 to £122,860 
Severe hip injuries- where there are particular features distinguishing from the above. 
£58,100 to £73,580 
Severe hip injuries- many accidents fall within this bracket. It covers fractures of the acetabulum leading to leg instability and making a hip replacement surgery likely in the future. 
£36,770 to £49,270 
Moderate hip injuries- significant injury to the hip or pelvis, but with minor disability and limited future risk.  
£24,950 to £36,770 
Moderate hip injuries- cases involving hip replacement or other surgeries that have been carried out sucessfully.  
£11,820 to £24,950 
Lesser hip injuries- where despite the inury there is little or no disability, and recovery is achieved somewhere around the two year mark.  
£3,710 to £11,820 
Minor soft tissue injury with complete recovery. 
Up to £3,710 

Can I sue if one leg longer after hip replacement? 

For a medical negligence claim to be successful, it must be established that the injuries that you have caused were caused by the negligent actions of the surgeon or medical professional involved in your hip replacement surgery. 
 
Generally speaking, if the difference in leg length is the only symptom of injury that you have following a hip replacement surgery, and the difference in leg length is less than one inch, or less than around 2.5cm, then you may not be eligible to make a hip replacement surgery medical negligence claim. 
 
Hip replacement surgeries are notoriously complicated and difficult procedures, and slight differences in leg lengths can often be unavoidable, without being a sign that an act of negligence occurred. 
 
However, if your difference in leg length is significant, usually above one inch in difference, or can be proven to have been caused by negligence, then you could well be eligible to make a claim for financial compensation through a hip replacement medical negligence claim. For more information on your specific situation, and to learn whether you are eligible to make a claim, simply contact MG Legal’s specialist medical negligence solicitors here for a no-obligation discussion. 

Time limits for making a hip replacement medical negligence claim: 

All medical negligence claims are subject to the 1980 Limitation Act, which sets a time limit of 3 years for claimants to pursue a medical negligence claim for financial compensation after being subject to medical negligence in a hip replacement surgery. If you are immediately aware of the negligence that has occurred, then these 3 years will begin from the date of the surgery. However, if you are not aware until a later date, then the period will begin from the date that you are aware of the negligence. 
 
If you are making a fatal medical negligence claim, a wrongful death claim, or acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, then these time limits may differ. For more information simply contact MG Legal and a specialist medical negligence solicitor will be on hand to explain the time limits involved in your specific claim, for no charge. 

Contact MG Legal about your NO WIN NO FEE medical negligence claim: 

If you are thinking of making a medical negligence claim for injuries sustained after a hip replacement surgery, then MG Legal are here to help. Our team have over 30 years of experience in claims just like yours, and we know how difficult it can be to recover after negligent hip replacement surgery. 
 
When you work with us, you will have access to leading medical professionals, as well as expert solicitors with a success rate of over 99%. 
 
Simply contact us online, here, or by email at enquiries@mglegal.co.uk to learn more about our team and how we can help with your NO WIN NO FEE claim for hip surgery negligence compensation. 
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