Hip Injury Claims – Hip injury be it a slip, trip or fall, road accident or complications after hip surgery
Hip injuries often occur after falling heavily on the hip or pelvis after a slip or trip. As is the case with other leg injuries, the mobility difficulties often associated with a hip injury can cause prolonged inconvenience on top of the initial pain and discomfort caused by the injury. Mobility problems caused by a hip injury can sometimes mean you are unable to meet the requirements of your job, and must take time off to recover. Making a hip injury claim can help cover lost wages during the recovery period, as well as reimburse you for any medical treatment required.
Aside from slips, trips and falls, hip injuries can be sustained wherever the lower body is crushed or twisted, for example during a collision on the roads or an industrial accident involving heavy machinery.
In the most serious of cases, where damage to the hip joint is particularly severe, a hip replacement or hip resurfacing procedure may be required. A hip replacement may also be required where a bone condition such as osteoarthritis means the hip joint is damaged or fragile to the extent that it is in danger of breaking.
However, a full hip replacement is a major procedure, and is therefore a last resort solution that is usually reserved for the over 65s. Traditional thinking is that younger people place too much stress on the new joint, and that the lifetime of the new joint cannot be guaranteed, meaning further surgery could be required later in life.
According to the NHS, an artificial hip joint lasts approximately 20-30 years. A full hip replacement generally involves replacing the worn hip joint with a new artificial one. The hip joint is a ‘ball and socket’ joint – during a full hip replacement, both parts are replaced with artificial substitutes. A slightly less intrusive alternative to a full hip replacement is a hip resurfacing procedure, which involves replacing only the damaged surfaces of the hip joint.
Defective hip implant claims
While the vast majority of hip replacements are successful, unfortunately complications occasionally arise. In late 2009, it became evident that a component used in hip replacement and resurfacing procedures in the UK, namely the De Puy ASR hip implant, was prone to early failure, meaning further correctional surgery may be required. Although the number of cases in which further surgery is required is relatively low (around 12% within five years) this is still twice the failure rate associated with other hip replacement products. In September 2010 De Puy, the manufacturer of the component, issued a statement saying that the component should no longer be used, any unused units should be returned, and hip injury patients who had received an ASR component during surgery should be checked by their surgeon to ascertain whether a correctional procedure was required.
If you are one of the patients who has required further surgery, or will require further surgery in future after being given a hip replacement or resurfacing using the De Puy ACR component, London Claims Advice can help you claim compensation for your inconvenience and suffering. Wherever possible, hip injury claims are handled on a no win no fee basis.
Making a hip injury claim
Whatever the cause of your hip injury, be it a slip, trip, or fall that wasn’t your fault, an accident on the roads, or a complication after hip replacement surgery, contact London Claims Advice for expert injury claims advice – one of our friendly, legally trained advisors will be able to tell you within minutes if we can help you claim compensation for your hip injury.
So, if you feel you may have been a victim of clinical negligence, call our experts today to see if you can make a medical negligence claim.