Failure to diagnose and treat dislocated hip following total hip replacement

Davies and Partners represented Mr H following unsuccessful hip surgery performed by the The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Mr H Complained of pain, leg length discrepancy and difficult with mobilising. The Physiotherapists could not understand his lack of progress and suggested he wasn’t trying hard enough. Further investigations were undertaken and the Claimant was discharged home approximately 4 weeks after surgery.

Despite review in clinic on two further occasions as an outpatient, it was over 6 months following surgery that a further x-ray of Mr H’s hip was undertaken despite continual complaints in respect of pain and difficulty in mobilisation and limited range of movement. This further x-ray demonstrated that Mr H’s hip was in fact dislocated.

It was alleged that the Trust was negligent in failing to recognise or act upon the signs and symptoms the Claimant was displaying indicating a dislocation of his hip fairly soon post operatively. In addition they failed to note adequately that the Claimant had significant leg length discrepancy and continued to complain of severe pain and difficulty mobilising.

In addition the post operative x-ray showed subtle abnormalities which were missed by Mr H’s treating clinicians.

Following the diagnosis of dislocation the Claimant underwent further revision surgery although the outcome was never going to be as good as it would have been had the original surgery been successful.

The Claimant was left with further scarring and continuing pain and restriction in movement despite the revision surgery.

Court proceedings were issued and the Defendant agreed to compensate Mr H the sum of £33,500.00 in for his pain, suffering and loss of amenity and to include claims for care and assistance and adaptations to his bathroom.

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