Have you experienced clinical negligence prior to a hip replacement procedure, during the operation, or in aftercare? If so, you should contact our medical negligence solicitors at Healys, to see whether you have a valid and viable claim.
According to the National Joint Registry (NJR), there are approximately 160,000 hip and knee replacement operations undertaken across 400 hospitals in England and Wales annually.
The majority of these surgical procedures go well, and patients usually enjoy a better quality of life after they have recovered from the operation.
However, some people suffer clinical negligence and could choose to claim compensation with help from a medical negligence solicitor.
The NHS website states that the three most common reasons for a hip replacement operation are osteoarthritis (caused by wear and tear), rheumatoid arthritis (caused by the immune system), or a hip fracture.
This operation became available in the 1960s and, since then, medical practices and knowledge have improved no end.
Indeed, a 2013 BBC article stated that The Lancet had found mortality rates in the 90 days following this surgical procedure had reduced by 50% from 2003 to 2011.
Furthermore, data from the NJR supported this, showing that, whereas out of the 24,723 people who underwent the procedure in 2004, 139 patients died within 90 days of surgery – just 164 patients died within 90 days out of 60,727 hip operation patients in 2011.
Reasons for the improved survival rate were thought to be the use of spinal anaesthetic during surgery, treatment to prevent blood clots, higher quality post-operative care, and changes in the practice of physiotherapy.
As well as this, more recent generations of elderly patients – who are more likely to need hip replacements than younger individuals – are generally healthier than previous generations.
Sadly, not everyone receives the level of care they should from doctors and other hospital staff.
Some people suffer unnecessary pain and discomfort following their hip operations after the prosthesis fitted is the wrong size, wrongly positioned, or another preventable mistake is made by professionals.
This is likely to mean that the patient requires a further operation to rectify the problem.
Other individuals might even lose their lives after being given incorrect pre-operative advice, suffering clinical negligence on the operating table, or receiving poor after-care.
If you suffered pain or lost earnings due to medical negligence before, during, or after your hip replacement surgery, you could be entitled to claim compensation with the help of professional medical negligence solicitors Healys.
You might also be able to receive compensation with our help if you have lost a family member through negligent medical treatment.
15th January 2021
Elderly victims of clinical negligence who are approaching the end of their lives may feel there is little point seeking justice. However, they also have their loved ones to think about and a High Court case in which a woman in her 80s received six-figure damages showed how important it is to obtain legal advice. Continue reading »
14th December 2020
Everyone has a right to expect that public services will function efficiently and, if you have been let down and suffered injury as a result, you should see a solicitor without delay. In a case on point, a woman who was traumatised by the late arrival of an ambulance after she fell seriously ill at home was awarded substantial damages. Continue reading »
23rd October 2020
Healys LLP has again been recognised as a leading firm in the latest edition of the Legal 500.
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This year Healys has been ranked in 4 practice areas, with 8 lawyers individually recommended. Continue reading »
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3rd March 2021
During today’s Spring Budget announcement, the chancellor confirmed that he would boost support for home buyers through a mortgage guarantee.
Low-deposit mortgage accessibility has declined since the pandemic started, which has made home-ownership unreachable for many. But the government hopes that these plans will give more people the support and opportunity to buy their own homes.
It was also announced that the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday in England and Northern Ireland will be extended for purchases up to £500,000 until the 30th June, meaning home buyers avoid the stamp duty levy on purchases under that amount. After this date, the starting rate of Stamp Duty will be £250,000 until the end of September, before returning to the previous level of £125,000.
“In the end then the announcement was largely as anticipated, but for perhaps a few additional reveals here and there. In my view extending the SDLT holiday will provide a much needed crutch for the economy to rest its weight whilst its other limbs scramble for footing as we move out of lockdown. The tapering back of the SDLT thresholds is also an interesting development and one which I am in favour of. Suddenly stopping the SDLT holiday (whether at the end of March or the end of June) would have almost certainly lead to a shock to the market and to the economy as a whole. By delaying and then tapering back the SDLT limit (and introducing the 95% mortgages) the government clearly hopes to either stop that from happening completely or at least turn that cliff edge many have been talking about into a downward hill to an eventual (hopefully high) plateau. If property transactions do decline then by the time we all get to that plateau the economy will hopefully be ready to throw away its crutch and start running!
“In terms of the 95% mortgages, I think this is an excellent introduction, provided of course it is done safely. It will give many perfectly worthy potential homeowners the chance to achieve their dreams where previously they would have been priced out of the market. Much talk has been made of a lack of housing stock, but when has there ever been enough housing? Also, who says only the cash rich should be entitled to be homeowners? I think it helps provide a level playing field, and it is one that I am all for.”
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24th February 2021
It has been reported that Rishi Sunak is preparing to extend the Stamp Duty holiday by a further three months until the end of June. This extension is intended to keep the property market strong as the UK returns from lockdown. Continue reading »