Medical negligence - orthopaedic injuries
In this context the term orthopaedics relates to injuries involving bones. In the majority of cases such injuries occur following trauma as a result of an accident. This field of medicine also deals with natural wear and tear of the bones and joints.
There are many different types of injury in this category such as:
- Fractures - this involves a break of the bone. Read more
- Disclocations - this occurs when the bone or joint moves out of alignment
- Sprains - Soft tissue injuries and ligament damage around a joint.
Common types of fracture involve injury to the clavicle (collar bone), femur (thigh bone) and tibia / fibula. In most cases simple fractures will be treated with a traditional plaster cast to immobilise the fracture. A recovery would generally be expected within two to three months.
Dislocations are usually treated with slings to stabilise the limb but very often these injuries can recur.
This can arise in many ways when dealing with these injuries. Most commonly there are failures to diagnose or adequately treat the injuries. This causes a deterioration and inevitably extends the recovery period required.
In some cases operations may be carried out that would not otherwise have been necessary had an adequate standard of care been shown.
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