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  • Overview

    Contact one of our specialist lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    When can you make a compensation claim for orthopaedic and spinal injury?

    Spinal cord injury cases usually arise out of medical negligence during spinal surgery and can have serious consequences such as paralysis including tetraplegia.

    Medical negligence cases involving more general orthopaedic treatment often relate to negligent interpretation of x-rays either by a surgeon or radiologist.

    Orthopaedic and spinal injury claims can arise for many reasons including:

    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Negligent shoulder surgery
    • Negligent hip surgery
    • Negligent arthroscopy
    • Negligent ankle surgery
    • Negligent ligament surgery
    • Misdiagnosed fracture claims
    • Negligent diagnosis of slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE) claims
    • Use of defective artificial hip claims
    • Use of the wrong artificial hip claims
    • Failure to diagnose spinal meningitis
    • Failure to diagnose and treat lower limb compartment syndrome
    • Errors of x-ray interpretation
    • Failures relating to prosthesis safety
    • Failures in post-operative care including monitoring of blood pressure and infection management
    • Increasing infection risk through unnecessary treatment.
       

    You can also bring a clinical negligence claim for spinal injury on behalf of a child.

    How our solicitors can help with orthopaedic and spinal injury claims

    • The size of our clinical negligence team and the breadth of our knowledge in orthopaedic and spinal injury claims means it is likely that we have already succeeded in recovering compensation in similar circumstances to yours
    • Our overriding aim is to protect your interests and achieve the most advantageous outcome for the long term. This means the need to implement ongoing rehabilitation and support structures (for you and your family) to improve your quality of life, as well as monetary compensation
    • We make sure your case is fully investigated and guide you carefully through each step of the claim process
    • Providing a personal service and acting with sensitivity is important to us
    • We can help you find out why the system has failed you and what went wrong. Or prevent the same thing happening to somebody else.
    • We ensure the right team is in place to support you and your family as the case progresses including:
      • the best independent case managers and consultants in the country
      • barristers known for their expertise in orthopaedic and spinal injury clinical negligence work
      • clinical negligence lawyers with experience in orthopaedic and spinal injury claims.
    • Our lawyers are specialists in medical negligence cases and our clinical negligence team is one of the most established teams in the country. 
    • We are highly ranked by two of the most prestigious, independent guides to the legal profession 'Chambers and Partners' and 'The Legal 500'

    Free initial consultation

    Contact our team of specialist lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your medical treatment, and give you clear advice on the chances of you receiving compensation in a clinical negligence claim. If we think you have a claim, we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    Call us on 01892 510 000 or fill in our short enquiry form and we will assess your orthopaedic or spinal injury compensation claim.

     

     

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    Our client, Mrs D, suffered an injury to her ankle after a fall. The A&E department at Tunbridge Wells Hospital failed to recognise a fracture and misdiagnosed the injury as a dislocation, causing additional pain and suffering for Mrs D. Dominique Parker, specialist clinical negligence lawyer at Thomson Snell & Passmore was able to secure a £1,500 out of court settlement for Mrs D.

    Negligent post operative care causes ankle damage

    Our client, Miss S received negligent post operative care following ankle surgery, which lead to various wound complications. As a result, Miss S had a further 3 surgical procedures which she otherwise would not have had and suffered with numerous symptoms while her ankle slowly recovered.

    Broken femur took over a year to unite after negligent surgery

    Mr E was 40 years old when he was involved in a road traffic accident.  Following the accident he was taken to the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, with multiple injuries including a closed fracture to the right femoral shaft.

    Index finger amputated following negligent treatment

    Jonathan Herbert, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £33,000 for a client who ended up having an index finger amputated following a failure to prescribe antibiotics in accordance with the hospital’s own guidelines combined with failures to diagnose infection.

    Unnecessary amputation of toe causing on-going pain

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £34,000 for a young man who had his 2nd toe amputated unnecessarily causing on-going pain.

    8 month delay in hip replacement revision surgery

    Jennifer Waight, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £25,000 for a woman who suffered pain and infection in her right hip after an eight month delay in undertaking a right hip replacement revision surgery.

    GP failure to diagnose slipped upper femoral epiphysis

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £145,000 compensation for a young man whose GP failed to properly examine him when he presented with the classic symptoms of a slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE) leading to a more significant slip of the fracture and the necessity of having hip replacement surgery at age 22 and every 12 -15 years thereafter.

    Failure to diagnose fracture leads to knee replacement

    Jennifer Waight, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £10,000 compensation for a women who required a total knee replacement after the fracture to her tibia, which had been undiagnosed, displaced.

    Epidural needle causes paraplegia and spinal damage

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    GP failure leads to slip of femoral hip epiphysis

    Fiona Mills, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured over £84,000 for a claimant who suffered a massive slip of her femoral hip epiphysis.

    Permanent deterioration after negligent discharge

    Oliver Chapman, specialist clinical negligence lawyer, based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices has secured compensation for the estate of an elderly patient who suffered a permanent deterioration in health after she was discharged from hospital prematurely.

    Lack of informed consent for spinal fusion surgery

    Jonathan Herbert, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured £75,000 for a patient after Medway Hospital failed to fully inform him of the risks and benefits of spinal fusion surgery leading to severe disability.

    Award for fractured ankle following fall in hospital

    Oliver Chapman, specialist personal injury lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £11,800 for a claimant who suffered a bimalleolar fracture of her right ankle, having fallen in hospital.

    Claimant awarded £2m after requiring leg amputation following negligent knee replacement surgery

    Fiona Mills, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells Office, has secured over £2 million for a client who required an above the knee leg amputation following negligence during her total knee replacement surgery.

    £50,000 awarded in clinical negligence case following a failure to listen to the patients wishes

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells Office, has secured £50,000 for a client who had expressly wished for ‘no foreign materials’ to be left in his body following surgery.

    Compensation recovered following a failure to diagnose a broken leg

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered compensation for a lady who required a knee replacement operation following a failure to diagnose a broken leg after being admitted to the accident and emergency department of Worthing Hospital. The case settled for an undisclosed award plus legal costs.

    Compensation recovered for the oldest ever patient to sue to the NHS

    The clinical negligence team demonstrated their expertise when they recently recovered damages for the oldest ever patient to sue to the NHS; a lady who suffered a variety of complications following a failure by a hospital A&E department to assess her properly or to advise her residential home properly prior to discharging her back to her residential home with a fractured pubic ramus after a fall. 

    Compensation for loss of wife following failure to diagnose and treat fractured ribs

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    Damages recovered following a delayed diagnosis of a fractured neck

    This case study of J v Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust [2011] demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered an undisclosed sum for a lady who suffered extended pain and suffering and anxiety as a result of a failure to diagnose a fractured neck.

    Failure by doctors to diagnose knee injury causes muscle wastage injury

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    Damages recovered following a delayed diagnosis of a knee injury

    This case study of C v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [2011] demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered an undisclosed sum for a young patient who suffered extended pain and suffering as a result of a failure to diagnose a displaced sleeve avulsion fracture of his inferior patella pole.

    Compensation obtained for leg injury caused by nurse

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    Accident and emergency department fails to diagnose severed hand tendon

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    Damages recovered following a failure to treat a broken leg properly

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    Patient suffers acute heart failure following negligent management of post operative complications

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who obtained £15,000 compensation for a woman when her husband died from post operative complications following a right total hip replacement.

    Damages recovered following a failure to diagnose and treat infection

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £26,000 for a young man who suffered injury to his knee after a failure to manage an infection.

    A patient's dislocated elbow is left undiagnosed for nine weeks

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    Compensation recovered for delayed diagnosis of Achilles tendon injury

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recovered £15,000 for a lady who suffered avoidable pain and suffering following a failure to diagnose and treat a partially ruptured Achilles tendon.

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    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £145,000 for a client who suffered frequent falls, pain and depression as a result of an inappropriate surgical procedure, leaving him with significant care and equipment needs.

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    Patient disbelieved

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  • Latest Updates

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    Often when patients are unhappy with the treatment they have received from an NHS hospital they will make a formal complaint to the Trust. Formal complaints are a useful way of getting essential information about the treatment a patient has received and may sometimes result in that Trust apologising to the aggrieved patient.

    Unnecessary operations

    We have been instructed by a number of clients to investigate their concerns about surgical treatment carried out by  orthopedic  surgeon Mr Sahaib Mohammed Sait at the BMI Fawkham Manor Hospital, near Dartford in 2016.

    Is your NHS complaint response worth the paper it is written on?

    Jessica Hanrahan, a Paralegal in our Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team shares her views on the news that the NHS Complaints Service has been found it to be most inadequate following a review by the Health Service Ombudsman. 

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Tom was really helpful he explained very clearly and what would happen. Thank you

Client

Thomson Snell & Passmore's 'consistently professional and accessible' team is led by Fiona Mills. Graham Bell is noted for his 'excellent eye for detail'

The Legal 500 2014

In a meeting with Patricia Fearnley I was struck by her immediate understanding of the situation, and also by her warmth and sympathy, which reassured me that I had made the right choice of solicitors to deal with our case

Client

I have used various departments of TS&P and have ALWAYS been VERY happy with all advice correspondence, help and professionalism that I have received

Client

I always feel listened to and have been treated very well

Client

Overall a very good and responsive service - I wasn't anticipating this. The process of claiming under this area of law is more complicated than I thought it would be but it was translated very efficiently to me.

Client

You have helped make a difficult situation bearable.

Client

Jenny was very good at thinking of all the options and sought good experts in supporting my case; I was pleased with the outcome

Client

I would like to express my extreme gratitude to you for all your hard work.  

Client

Any time I needed to ask a question or needed any explanation about the case, James Cahan was there at the end of the phone. He answers his own phone so I felt as though I was getting a very personal service. I was never made to feel uncomfortable or a nuisance as I had felt with an earlier solicitor. Communication was excellent throughout, using emails, telephone and letters.  

Client

My case was earlier rejected by another firm of solicitors yet Mr Cahan could see that there was a case to answer. With the expert medical witnesses which he sourced, good communication and sound advice, I felt very confident in his hands that we would get a successful outcome.

Client

Very nice people. Really made the case a lot easier to understand; they were always there to help.

Client

James Cahan's approach was exemplary, he was both approachable and understanding at all times.  

Client

As mentioned, I was very impressed at the start! As the case grew and went on, I felt completely safe, and trusted Jonathan to act in my best interests, though everything was always run by me before going ahead with anything, without the experience and knowledge.

Client

They worked as hard as possible to get me a result that I did not think I would end up with. The communication with my lawyer and his staff was excellent, and I felt at ease discussing such private matters with my lawyer, which is a rarity for me as I am a very private person.

Client

My lawyer was very friendly and easy to talk to, and I always felt he was working his hardest on my case.

Client

Oliver was very helpful and friendly, and settled the case within a short space of time.

Client

Kept me up to date with all stages of the claim. Fees were good, and Oliver was a very helpful and friendly.

Client

I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.

Client

I cannot thank Jenny and her team enough and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend TS&P, Debbie, Jenny and Patricia highly enough. Many thanks again for your professional conduct throughout.

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I am so grateful to TS&P for all their work and help with my mother's case; it was a very complicated and time-consuming case.

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