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Hip Surgery Claims

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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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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims. At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with 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.

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Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Head of Group Action

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.

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Sarah's Story

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My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

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He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.

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