What is Congenital Hip Dysplasia?
The term congenital hip dysplasia describes an abnormality whereby the hip joint has developed in such a way that the thigh bone is unstable in the hip socket. The ligaments within the hip joint generally become stretched and loose with varying severity dependent on the individual case. In the worst case, the thigh bone can become completely displaced from the hip socket as the baby develops.
How does this happen?
The risk of congenital hip dysplasia increases in certain situations. A breech delivery, or a first-time pregnancy may be considered risk factors for the condition.
Without exception, all babies should be checked for hip dysplasia promptly after their birth. Due to the rapid speed at which babies grow and develop, a delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis can make the treatment required vastly more complicated.
Delays in making a hip dysplasia diagnosis can have serious long-term consequences, and in such scenarios a claim for Hip Dysplasia Compensation can be made.
What are the consequences?
Should Congenital Hip Dysplasia remain undetected until the child can walk, the condition may reveal itself in an unusual gait, perhaps with a limp. At this point, however, growth may have developed to the extent that irreversible damage has taken place. The child may suffer from problems with walking, decreased agility, and ongoing pain. Congenital Hip Dysplasia is also strongly associated with the development of osteoarthritis when left unchecked, an unwelcome and unnecessary complication as a result of medical negligence. It is worth considering a medical malpractice claim if this has been allowed to happen in yours, or your child’s case.
How Is Congenital Hip Dysplasia Treated?
When diagnosed promptly, treatment options vary. In some cases, a splint may be applied, and the child’s development closely monitored. In more severe examples, extensive surgery will be required to realign the joint where the thigh bone has become dislocated.
Our Hip Dysplasia Claims Experience
Errors arising from medical negligence cases may hold dire repercussions for patients. At Asons, we understand what negligence is, and the detrimental effect it has on victims. The consequences may not just be physical – potential financial difficulties where time is taken off work must also be considered, and the ensuing stress may elicit negative psychological consequences.
We know that victims are often hesitant to come forward with their medical claims. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
Coping with the aftermath of birthing injuries such as congenital hip dysplasia is often extremely traumatic and may cause a number of negative consequences in all aspects of the victim’s life. Our guide to Coping With Infant Birthing Injuries was written to help individuals come to terms with what has happened and to find the support they need.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you. We aid you in acquiring all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of surgical errors, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to gather all appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved to substantiate your claim.