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Hip Surgery Claims

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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 4th January, 2024

We've got your Hip Surgery Claim covered

Approximately 80,000 hip replacement procedures are carried out every year in the UK. Whilst most of these procedures are performed successfully and patients go on to live much more comfortably than before surgery, there are cases where hip replacements go wrong. If you have suffered medical negligence and have been left in pain, discomfort or even immobile, you can speak to our specialist team about your experiences, and your possible claim for compensation, today. 


Making a hip replacement claim


With over 100 lawyers located across the UK, we have an expert waiting to take on your hip replacement claim. We have been rated ‘excellent’ on TrustPilot for our legal expertise and client-focused service. When you contact us we will help you to:


  • Find out if you are able to make a claim for your hip surgery
  • Discover how much compensation you could be entitled to
  • Explain what information you need to provide to support your claim
  • Get the answers and support you need to recover

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What is a hip replacement claim?

When undergoing hip surgery, you should be advised of your options, told of the risks and receive information about your prosthesis. Following hip replacement surgery you will hopefully benefit from improved health and a better standard of living as you are no longer in pain.


Unfortunately, hip replacements can go wrong and complications like nerve injuries, blood clots or chronic pain can occur. If you experience negative side effects from your hip replacement as a result of sub standard care, then you may be able to make a hip replacement compensation claim. If you did not receive appropriate care prior to your surgery, for example, the risks were not explained, then this may be considered medical negligence. Similarly, if surgery has caused problems to worsen or new problems to arise, then this could also be due to medical negligence.  


Instructing a qualified and specialist medical negligence lawyer to make a hip replacement claim can help you get the answers you are looking for, and recoup any losses, such as time off work or adaptations to your home or car.


Reasons for hip replacement surgery

The average age of a patient receiving a hip replacement is 60-80 years old. Although certain conditions or injuries mean younger people can also undergo hip replacements. The intention of a hip replacement is to improve the quality of life for people who have suffered as a result of hip problems. These hip problems can develop for various reasons including:


Accidents – like trips or falls leading to dislocation or fracture


Arthritis – there are many arthritis variants which cause distress to hip bones, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and septic arthritis


Bone dysplasia – bone dysplasia in the hip joints is generally present from birth but symptoms may not be obvious until later on


Hip replacement surgery involves removing the diseased hip and replacing it with a prosthesis. There are three main types of prosthetic:


  • Total hip replacement
  • Hemiarthroplasty
  • Resurfacing


Each prosthetic should be explained in detail during your consultation and any risks associated should be outlined before surgery goes ahead. Where medical negligence has occurred, we will consider the type of prosthesis used and examine the way it was inserted during surgery.


The National Joint Registry also has resources and advice on hip replacement surgery.


Examples of hip replacement claims

There are a number of reasons patients may need to make a hip replacement claim. The following are the most common complaints we hear following hip surgery.


  • Chronic pain
  • Joint dislocation
  • Nerve injuries, sometimes leading to foot drop
  • Blood clots 
  • Early revision of the initial replacement
  • Leg shortening
  • Fractures
  • Infection


If you have suffered any of the above and suspect this may be down to medical negligence then you could have a case for hip replacement compensation. You can discuss your experience with our expert team during a no obligation consultation, to find out if you are able to make a claim and how we can help support you through it.


How do I know if I can make a claim?

To make a claim for compensation after a hip replacement, it must be shown that the treatment you received was below the expected standard and that this directly caused any or all of the side effects listed above. Typically medical negligence occurs because a healthcare professional failed in one or more of the following areas:


  • Misdiagnosis of the hip problem such as not spotting a dislocation sooner or replacing a hip that did not surgery
  • Failure to spot hip dysplasia in infants
  • Inserting the wrong size prosthesis
  • Badly fitted implants that come loose or wear much quicker than they should and need replacing sooner
  • Surgical instruments being used incorrectly and causing nerve damage 


Metal on Metal Hip Claims

Metal on metal hip replacements were designed as a solution for hip replacement patients who were younger and more active. The idea being that they would last longer through enhanced durability, and allow patients to live a healthy and normal life. Unfortunately it was found that these implants could sometimes wear abnormally, causing metal debris to contaminate the surrounding tissue and muscle. This can cause considerable pain and even metallosis (blood poisoning from high levels of toxic metal). If you were fitted with a metal on metal hip replacement that has since malfunctioned, you have the right to have your circumstances investigated by a professional. 


What Can I Expect?

Compensation for negligent hip replacements will vary according to the severity of the injury and the impact on your life. We act on your behalf to gather as much evidence as possible and pursue compensation for things like:


  • Financial losses due to time off work or being unfit for work
  • The long term effects on your future health and earnings
  • Any mobility aids if your hip replacement has made walking difficult
  • The cost of transport or adaptations to your car 
  • Cost of any carers you may need if your hip replacement makes caring for yourself difficult
  • Rehabilitation costs and any future treatment.


Why Choose Us?

Patient Claim Line is a specialist medical negligence brand, owned and operated by one of the UK’s leading legal groups. That means we specialise in medical negligence cases and are experts in the field. We have helped thousands of people claim compensation for hip surgery that has gone wrong so that they can move on with their lives. Our nationwide solicitors will guide you through your hip replacement claim until you receive your final settlement. 


No Win No Fee Hip Replacement Claims


When we take your hip replacement compensation case on, it is always no win, no fee. If your claim is successful, we will take a pre-agreed percentage. If your claim is not successful, you will pay absolutely nothing at all. Those undergoing hip replacement surgery expect to fully recover and see a vast improvement in their joints and their mobility. When this doesn’t happen, we understand the impact it can have and treat your case with compassion and care from the first call.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Hip Surgery Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Hip Surgery Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Hip Surgery Claim

Some hip replacement claims can be awarded several thousand pounds. Actual compensation figures for hip replacements will vary. The ultimate amount secured will depend on the impact on your day to day life and the negligence that occurred. It is important to gather all of the information and evidence needed to support your case, so that we can ensure you are compensated accordingly.

When making a claim for medical negligence, it must be proven that the healthcare provider failed in their duty of care and that the failure directly caused the symptoms and limitations you now face. It must be shown that there was a deviation from the expected standards of care and that there have been significant damages to the patient, either financial, physical or mental. An experienced medical negligence lawyer will handle all of this for you and request relevant documentation as and when it is needed.

You can make a claim against any medical professional who has provided the substandard level of care. This includes GPs and surgeons, whether that is through the NHS or private healthcare. All NHS Trusts have adequate insurance to protect individuals, so whilst your surgeon will be held to account they will not pay any damages directly.

If you are suing the hospital or the device manufacturer for substandard treatment then it is 3 years from the date you knew or suspected something had gone wrong with your hip operation and that you had been injured.

If pursuing the manufacturer only on the basis that the hip implant was defective due to it’s design (ie. It was a MOM implant that failed or has been withdrawn) then the time limit is still 3 years but is subject to an absolute bar of 10 years from when the device was first supplied by the manufacturers i.e it left the factory gates. This can be very difficult to assess.

Meet our Hip Surgery Team

  • Christian Beadell

    Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

  • Francesca Paul

    Associate Solicitor

  • Iain Dodd

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

  • Michael Gray

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

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