Congenital hip dysplasia is a birth defect caused by the abnormal development of the hip joint in such away that the upper end of the thighbone is unbalanced in the socket (known as acetabulum). The severity of this medical condition varies from mild to severe – in mild cases, the ball is held loosely in the hip socket, but in extreme cases, the thighbone is completely displaced at birth.
Without timely and adequate treatment of congenital hip dysplasia, the condition will worsen as the child becomes more active.
If it is not detected promptly and your child is a victim of congenital hip dysplasia, you may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim if the condition has been caused by failure of a medical professional to carry out the necessary diagnosis. Factors that Could Cause Congenital Hip Dysplasia Claims
Some of most common reasons that cause congenital hip dysplasia claims include:
* Lack of trained and experienced professionals to recognize the condition
* Staff shortages
* Delivery in breech position or under conditions that affect the baby’s position in the uterus
* Failure to adequately access a newborn
* Failure to investigate the medical history of the family
Why Should I Make a Congenital Hip Dysplasia Claim?
Making a claim for congenital hip dysplasia due to medical negligence is an important step for a number of reasons. You deserve a compensation if your child is injured due to the negligence of a medical professional. A congenital hip dysplasia claim can earn you the compensation you need to take care of your child’s medical needs as well as recover lost earnings.
What’s more, your claim will also highlight the negligent care provided by the medical professionals at NHS or any private healthcare experts. This can protect other babies from suffering the same medical damage, which your child has experienced.
When Can I Make a Congenital Hip Dysplasia Claim?
It is important that a correct congenital hip dysplasia diagnosis is made in a timely fashion, as delayed diagnosis of this condition can lead to severe long-term and even lifetime consequences. If hip dysplasia remains unobserved and untreated over time, the thigh bone could be displaced altogether from the hip socket as the child develops.
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If medical professionals still fail to observe the condition until the child can walk, permanent damage may occur. The child may experience constant discomfort, pain, difficulty walking, and reduced agility. If you believe that there was a delay in the diagnosis of your child’s hip dysplasia due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, you may be entitled to make a congenital hip dysplasia claim.
How Much Compensation Can I Get for Congenital Hip Dysplasia Claim?
A range of factors are considered before compensation is awarded in congenital hip dysplasia claims. These factors include the severity of the injury on the child, financial losses, effect of the injury on the life of the child’s loved ones, as well as whether the injury was caused as a result of medical negligence. A medical negligence solicitor can advise you about the potential value of your claim, and provide an estimated fee based on the different factors involved in the case.
Is There a Time Limit for a Congenital Hip Dysplasia Claim?
Yes. If your child has suffered congenital hip dysplasia due to medical negligence, you are required to start the claim process within 3 years from when the incident occurred or when you realized that the injury was a result of the negligence of a medical professional. As the parent or guardian of the child, you can make a medical negligence claim until the child is 18; when the child attains this age, you’d have 3 years within which you can claim compensation if you are yet to do so.
We always recommend that parents start the congenital hip dysplasia claim process as soon as the incident happens. At this time, the events are still fresh in your mind, it will be easier to collect evidences and build a strong claim for congenital hip dysplasia. The sooner you reach out to a medical negligence solicitor for help, the better. Pregnancy and childbirth are special moments in the life of any parent. However, for this process take place without any complications,
it is important that medical professionals apply extra care and remain vigilant throughout. If you believe the medical professional responsible for the birth of your child failed in their duty of care which has resulted in congenital hip dysplasia, you can make a claim. Compensations is the least you deserve to ensure your child receives the best possible medical care for a
happy and satisfying life.