Orthopaedic Negligence Claims

Orthopaedics deals with injuries and fractures to the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and the related nerves. Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence solicitors help patients obtain compensation for a variety of negligent orthopaedic surgery and treatments. Whether the negligence occurred during diagnosis, surgery or the failure to explain the risks of a procedure, our claims experts could help you secure the compensation you deserve.

We have successfully represented clients in the following cases:

  • Failure to diagnose a fracture or to request an x-ray eg. scaphoid, talus, patella
  • Failure to request additional x-rays or diagnostic tests resulting in a missed fractures
  • Negligent surgery to align a broken bone
  • Negligent surgery to replace a hip joint or negligent care following hip surgery
  • Negligent joint surgery or joint replacement surgery with regard to a negligent knee replacement, negligent hip replacement, shoulder or elbow joint repair.
  • Unnecessary surgery for a fracture, which could have been treated with a cast
  • Unnecessary joint replacement surgery, which could have been treated with medication, physiotherapy or other method.
  • Nerve damage resulting from negligent surgery
  • Failure to obtain consent for an orthopaedic procedure or operation, or to explain the risks of the treatment

Mistakes and delays in orthopaedic treatment could have serious consequences on a patient’s mobility and quality of life. Contact our experts today for advice on how to make an orthopaedic injury claim and the potential compensation you could receive.

We provide a ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence claims service so you will not incur any costs if your claim is unsuccessful*.  To start your free no-obligation case evaluation contact us today on 0333 900 8787, email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online contact form.


Orthopaedic Negligence FAQs

If your orthopaedic treatment or surgery fell below the standard expected from a reasonably competent medical health professional, you could be entitled to compensation.

An orthopaedic negligence claim would provide compensation for the injury and the effects of the injury on your health, well-being, mobility and financial situation.

In order to establish a claim for medical negligence you will need to prove:

  1. That you were harmed or injured by a medical care professional. Independent medical assessment may be required to determine this and the extent of your injury.
  2. That the injury or harm you sustained was the direct result of the negligent care or treatment.

Orthopaedic treatment or surgery could result from negligent:

  • Hand and wrist surgery, including carpal tunnel release
  • Elbow joint and the related tendons and ligaments surgery
  • Shoulder/ knee / hip joint replacement and reconstruction as well as the related tendons and ligaments
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Fracture assessment and treatment
  • Paediatric orthopaedics
  • Shoulder and knee arthroscopies
  • Lumbar spinal fusion
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery
  • Fitting of medical implants, prosthesis or grafts

The following situations could form the basis of a claim with regard to medical negligence:

  • the late or misdiagnosis of a condition
  • negligent treatment or surgery
  • negligent after-care and follow up treatment
  • failure to explain the risks and complications of the treatment
  • failure to obtain consent for a procedure / treatment


The common forms of orthopaedic negligence include:

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence solicitors support clients dealing with a variety of orthopaedic compensation claims.  Whether the negligence relates to errors made in diagnosing broken bones, negligent surgery or after care, we could help you secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact our medical negligence experts today to start your free case evaluation.

If you visited an A & E department, a GP surgery or a consultant and mistakes were made in diagnosing your fracture or broken bone(s), you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.

The mistakes could include:

  • Not examining your injury correctly and requesting an X-ray
  • Not reviewing the results of your X-ray correctly, and missing your fracture or a specific fracture altogether
  • Not requesting further diagnostic scans and specialist x-rays when assessing whether you have a fracture which is not easily picked up by regular x-rays, eg. a Scaphoid fracture.
  • Failing to refer you to a hospital for further tests.

Errors, delays or negligent surgery and care could have a devastating impact on a patient’s recovery from even the most minor of fractures of orthopedic injuries.

The compensation  awarded would factor in:

  • Your pain and suffering
  • The extent and degree of the negligence
  • The corrective surgery or treatment required
  • The potential short and long-term care and rehabilitation and physiotherapy required
  • Mobility aids and care requirements including home adaptations and wheelchairs.
  • Loss of earnings and the future loss of earnings
  • Any expenses incurred as well as future medical, travel and other expenses

Our experts will analyse your claim and carefully determine the maximum compensation you could receive.


If you feel that you have the grounds for a potential claim, it is best to contact medical negligence solicitors with experience in dealing with complex medical injuries including orthopaedic injuries.

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence solicitors have secured compensation for victims of medical negligence including those who experienced negligent orthopaedic treatment and assessment.



Devonshires Claims supports victims of medical negligence throughout the UK. We believe that obtaining justice and compensation due to the negligence of a nurse, GP, consultant, surgeon, dentist or other healthcare provider should not place a financial burden on you or your family.

The majority of our hospital or medical negligence claims are supported through a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, otherwise known as a Conditional Free Agreement. This means that there are no costs to pay if your claim is unsuccessful and no upfront costs to start your claim*.

Our ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence claim explainer contains more information.

As with all medical negligence claims, there is a time limit within which your compensation claim must be made.

A patient has three years from the date of the incident or the date on which they were made aware of the negligence.

The exception to this three year rule relates to children and protected parties. If a child has a claim, they have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to bring a claim.

If a party is considered a protected party, i.e. they have no capacity :

A child or adult without capacity to run a claim, may not have a time limit within which to bring a claim.  We recommend that you contact Devonshires Claims if you have any queries involving those who lack capacity and our specialist solicitors will be able to assist.

Therefore it is important to start your orthopaedic negligence claim as soon as possible. For advice on how to start your claim, contact Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence experts today.


Why choose our experts to support your orthopaedic negligence claims?

Whether you have a broken bone, torn tendon or ligament or require a new joint, you have the right to a high standard of orthopaedic care.  However if your nurse, anaesthetist, consultant or orthopaedic surgeon made mistakes and this resulted in further harm, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Devonshires Claims experts support victims of medical negligence obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.

We provide:

  • A free no-obligation case evaluation.  We will also advise you of the potential compensation you could be awarded.
  • A ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement.
  • Access to a network of medical professionals and specialist medical negligence barristers

Our medical negligence claims specialists are experienced and have supported clients all over the UK in obtaining the maximum compensation for your needs. Orthopaedic negligence claims are complex and may often require short and long-term rehabilitation as well as home adaptations. Whether the negligence was associated with missed fractures, negligent treatment, or surgical error claims we will determine the compensation payment which will help you maintain a good quality of life and which will provide financial support if you are unable to work. 

Contact Devonshires Claims today to start your free no-obligation case evaluation. Call us on 0333 900 8787, email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online form. 

Client Stories

Patient Advised To Have Unnecessary Hip Replacement Surgery When More Suitable Treatment Should Have Been Offered


We represented the Claimant in relation to her claim in damages arising from injury and loss sustained following a contraindicated total hip replacement.


Liability was denied throughout the pre-action and post-issue phases of litigation, and the matter was settled at mediation 6 weeks before a listed 4-day trial.

The amount of settlement is to remain confidential.

Patient Advised to Have Unnecessary Knee Replacement Surgery When More Suitable Treatment Should Have Been Offered


Claim following inappropriate advice to 36 year old female to undergo knee surgery, leading to knee replacement and 2 revisions of the knee replacement causing pain, long term disability and a future risk of an above knee amputation.



Misdiagnosis of a Child’s Elbow Injury: £100K Compensation Awarded


Delay in diagnosis of an elbow injury.  But for the negligence, the Claimant, who is a minor, would not have sustained any significant damage to his elbow joint and avoided the need for any further surgeries.


£100K awarded.

What our clients say:
A trouble-free negligence claim and was kept well informed throughout the process. The Solicitor, Katie and her Team were helpful, reply promptly and supportive with any decision making that was required. Would recommend this service to all family and friends. - N.S.
I am very happy with the service I got from Justin and his team. From the first day that they started my claim, they have kept me informed of every step they have made with my claim. Towards the end of my claim they explained how they would proceed to get me a good offer and also what would be expected of me. I would definitely recommend them my friends and family if ever they needed to make a medical claim. - T.L.
My experience with them was very great and they were helpful and made it possible for me to understand all the details easily. - A.A.

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