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Hip Fracture Compensation

A hip fracture is a break in the top of the thigh bone, close to the hip joint. If injured, it can have a significant impact on a patient’s mobility and independence.

If a hip fracture has been misdiagnosed or negligently treated, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

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How are hip fractures sustained?

A hip fracture is commonly sustained when a patient has suffered a fall or other injury to the side of the hip.

They are very often suffered by elderly or more frail patients, who tend to be more susceptible to falling, or patients who have osteoporosis or cancer and have weakened bones.

How is a hip fracture diagnosed?

Symptoms of a hip fracture include:

If a hip fracture is suspected, a full history should be taken. This includes details such as a description of your symptoms, how the injury occurred, and any relevant past medical history. An examination may also be performed of the leg and hip joint.

X-rays are usually helpful in diagnosing the fracture. A CT or MRI scan may also be performed.

How is a hip fracture treated?

Once diagnosed, surgery is usually undertaken to fix the bone in the correct place. In more severe cases a partial or complete hip replacement may be required.

Due to the effect surgery can have on a patient’s mobility, they are at an increased risk of developing blood clots and pressure sores following surgery and should therefore be carefully monitored and observed during recovery.

If surgery is deemed to be inappropriate, conservative treatment involving a long period of bed rest can be advised.

Subsequent rehabilitative treatment is then required, aimed at improving mobility and independence.

What if a hip fracture is misdiagnosed?

Very often, the earlier the diagnosis of a hip fracture is made, the better the outcome for a patient. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued guidance that surgery should be undertaken within 48 hours.

A delay in diagnosis can mean that more complicated surgery is required and/or recovery may be prolonged, which is likely to result in greater pain and reduced mobility for a patient than would have been experienced with earlier diagnosis and treatment. Reduced mobility can result in more severe conditions, including the development of blood clots, pressure sores, pneumonia, and can even be fatal.

It is therefore extremely important that prompt diagnosis of a hip fracture is made in order to limit the impact this can have on a patient’s life.

Can you make a compensation claim?

If you think you have suffered due to a misdiagnosed or negligently treated hip fracture, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Please contact us for advice if you feel you may have a hip fracture compensation claim, or have suffered any form of clinical negligence.

It is important to contact us as soon as possible. This is because there are strict time limits in place for making a claim for compensation. Once contacted, our solicitors will be able to advise you specifically on the facts of your own case. We even have an in-house dual-qualified doctor/solicitor who can assist in assessing whether or not you may have suffered from clinical negligence.

Why choose us?

We have a wide range of experience in dealing with hip fracture compensation claims and have also developed brilliant working relationships with many orthopaedic experts who we know to be approachable and reliable in assisting us with hip fracture compensation claims, allowing us to ensure we get great expert advice for our clients.


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