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Andrew Mayall

Partner - Personal Injury (EL/PL & Serious Injury)


Orthopaedic Negligence Claims

Orthopaedic surgery is any form of operation which involves your bones, muscles or joints. Common examples of orthopaedic surgery include; operating on bone fractures, joint replacement surgery or ligament reconstruction.

Common examples of orthopaedic negligence include:

  • Complications caused in hip, knee or elbow replacement surgery.
  • Failure or late diagnosis of a broken bone.
  • Unnecessary surgery on a broken bone i.e. when a cast would have sufficed.
  • Failure to carry out surgery that should have been carried out sooner, resulting in a worse outcome for the patient.
  • Surgery carried out on the wrong bone(s), joint(s) or ligament(s).
  • Post-surgical infection that should have been avoided.
  • Nerve damage that should have been avoided.
  • Failure to gain consent for surgery
  • Surgical equipment malfunction.

What can I claim compensation for?

You may be able to claim for the following:

  • Loss of earnings.
  • Injury compensation.
  • Medical expenses such as physiotherapy fees, prescription charges and painkillers.
  • Compensation for the care and support provided by family or friends.
  • Reduced life expectancy.
  • Ongoing illness.
  • Recovery time.
  • Expected lifestyle changes.

How much will my claim be worth?

The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. The amount will depend on factors such as:

  • The severity of the negligent treatment.
  • How your life has been affected by the injury or illness.
  • Your future care and support needs.
  • Financial losses, including how much money you’ve lost or will lose resulting from the negligent treatment (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
  • Specialist equipment and adaptations that you may need.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

You have up to three years from the date you became aware that your injuries were caused due to negligent orthopaedic treatment to make a claim. Is it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible, whilst the information and circumstances around the treatment is fresh to mind.

You are able to make a claim on a child’s behalf at any time after the treatment occurred, before the child reaches the age of 18. After the child has turned 18 they have until they are 21 to make a claim themselves.

How much will it cost to make a claim?

TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis, so there is no financial risk to you. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25 per cent of your compensation amount.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time it will take for a medical negligence claim to settle depends on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward medical negligence claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.

How do I start a claim?

If you believe that you or a loved one has a claim for negligent orthopaedic treatment, contact TRUE Solicitors today to speak to our First Response team. We offer an initial free, no obligation assessment of your case.

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TRUE Client Stories: 

£17,500 Compensation for Negligent Knee Replacement Surgery

Our Process


Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.


Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.


Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.

Andrew Mayall

Partner - Personal Injury (EL/PL & Serious Injury)


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