A knee replacement (arthroplasty) is a routine operation which is performed because parts of a knee have become damaged or worn. A knee replacement may consist of a total knee replacement (TKR) or a partial knee replacement (PKR).
Failure of prosthetics happens occasionally and clinical negligence cases relating to De Puy, ASR Hip joints or PIP implants have gained much media interest over the years. Three of the largest manufacturers of Orthopaedic joint manufacturers have had prosthetic joints recalled because of failure, resulting in joint actions against the manufacturers.
Knee replacements should last 15 to 20 years in general but it can be dependent on many factors. You should initially use painkillers to manage the pain and walking aids until your legs feel stronger.
You may have suffered knee replacement medical negligence if:
- The knee replacement device failed prematurely
- The length of your leg post-surgery is different to the other leg
- Your implant was rejected because of infection
- You suffered from deep vein thrombosis after surgery
- You suffered a blood clot leading to a pulmonary embolism
How can we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. The treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
However, when someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
Find out more about clinical negligence in our Advice Centre:
If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.