Orthopaedic injury claims
Most orthopaedic injury claims can be dealt with on a no win no fee basis
We offer free legal advice without jargon and we will assess your Orthopaedic injury claim free of charge. When we have reviewed the circumstances that caused the injuries, whether it was as a result of a road accident, work accident or medical negligence, we can help you to understand if your claim is likely to be successful.
As Personal Injury Solicitors specialising in Orthopaedic injuries, we will use our expertise to advise and assist you if you have suffered an Orthopaedic injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault.
Getting access to the best medical advice and treatment early on is essential. If we take on your claim, we can ensure that happens. We will work to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved, with specialist treatment and full and fair compensation.
We understand the considerable impact an Orthopaedic injury can have on your life, not only causing pain but potentially also affecting your ability to carry out daily tasks, engage in social activities, and even perform your job. We know that this disruption to your everyday life can also cause emotional and financial distress.
Orthopaedic injuries require early expert diagnosis, with or without scans, sometimes beyond the initial NHS assessment. We fully recognise the importance of early rehabilitation treatment where appropriate and we can often help to speed up recovery by arranging surgery on a private basis, if this would be quicker than using the NHS.
What is an orthopaedic injury?
An Orthopaedic injury is one that affects any part of the musculoskeletal system. This is the system that allows the body to move and function properly and comprises of joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, bones and nerves.
Orthopaedic injuries typically occur due to blunt force trauma, common causes can be car accidents, work accidents, falling from height or playing sports.
Whilst many accident related injuries are relatively minor or moderate in nature, such as sprains, strains and soft tissue damage including whiplash, sometimes more serious Orthopaedic injuries are caused. This can include fractures to the spine, limbs or facial bones, dislocations, ligament damage (ACL or PCL tears in the knee), rotator cuff tears, meniscus tears, or de-gloving injuries.
Diagnosing an orthopaedic injury
An Orthopaedic surgeon is the expert in this field, who should be able to identify and diagnose all musculoskeletal injuries that have been caused by an accident. This also includes distinguishing new injuries from age related degenerative issues that the person may have had prior to the accident, whose symptoms may have just been aggravated by the accident.
Whilst all Orthopaedic surgeons are familiar in general with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many specialise in certain areas such as:
- Foot and ankle
- Hand, shoulder and elbow
Some Orthopaedic surgeons may also focus on specific fields such as paediatrics, trauma, reconstructive surgery, sports injuries.
At Co-op Legal Services, we have access to a database of Orthopaedic experts. This can prove invaluable when considering how to comment on the injury, both in terms of its immediate treatment and the long term effects.
If you have suffered an Orthopaedic injury, and our Personal Injury Solicitors are dealing with your claim, we can arrange for the nearest and most appropriate Orthopaedic surgeon to see you - at no cost to you.
Treating orthopaedic injuries
For less serious Orthopaedic injuries, treatment usually takes the form of medication and rehabilitative exercise including physiotherapy. Where a patient does not respond to treatments, or where the injury is more significant, then sometimes surgery is required.
Keyhole (arthroscopic) surgery is increasingly used - typically for injuries to shoulders and knees where there might be a suspected issue with tendons, muscles, bursitis, torn cartilage, torn ligaments, etc.
Open surgery is therefore normally reserved for the more serious Orthopaedic injuries, and can include internal fixation of broken bones by metal plates, pins, screws, bone fusion/welding by grafts and metal rods, artificial joint replacements, osteotomy bone repositioning, etc.
The first step in an Orthopaedic injury claim is get independent legal advice from specialist Solicitors who may be able to deal with your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
It is part of the Co-op’s ethos and values to provide help and support in enforcing legal rights so as to prevent injustice. We will always strive to secure the best possible compensation and rehabilitation support for our clients.