Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia Claims

Hip dysplasia occurs in infants and it is a developmental disorder that must be diagnosed and treated appropriately to prevent long term disabilities developing. This is due to treatment becoming more complex and less effective the longer the condition goes undiagnosed. If your child was suffering the symptoms of hip dysplasia and doctors failed to diagnose the condition, or did diagnose the condition but failed to treat it appropriately or accurately, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim on behalf of your child.

What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Development hip dysplasia affects the hip joints. It is an abnormality which effects the way the femur meets the socket joint in the hip leaving the child with either a partial dislocation, a milder abnormality called subluxation - meaning there is some contact between the head of the femur and the socket - or with dislocated hips, a more serious abnormality meaning there is no contact between the head of the femur and the socket joint. The problem can affect either the ball or the socket of this joint, with an abnormality occurring in the shape of the hip joint's socket (acetabulum) or in the shape of the head of the femur or both.

Why Does Hip Dysplasia Occur?

There is not a consensus as to my hip dysplasia occurs. However, there a few risk factors which have been proposed by the medical community.

  • Breech birth
  • Family history
  • Oligohydramnios - deficiency of amniotic fluid
  • First pregnancy
  • Females are more likely to suffer from the condition
  • If the child is suffering from other abnormalities it heightens the risk of hip dysplasia
  • What Are The Symptoms Of Hip Dysplasia?

    The main symptom of hip dysplasia is clicking hip joints. This indicates the joint is not in the right position. Other symptoms are visual, the femur may look shorter on one side or the way the skin folds may look asymmetric. At walking age the child may limp if they are suffering from hip dysplasia or they may walk on their toes. The condition should be diagnosed by the doctor following tests after birth - 1 day after birth or during the regular checkups which occur in the months following birth up to walking age. If a timely diagnosis is not made, treatment of the disorder will become less effective and more difficult to conduct.

    How Is Hip Dysplasia Treated?

    Depending on the severity of the condition, different methods of treatment will be used. Essentially the treatment method chosen will differ with age as the condition worsens with time. For hip dysplasia in babies, where the diagnosis is made at less than 6 months of age, a Pavlik Harness will be used to treat the condition. This harness holds the hips in the correct position and ultrasound scans will be regularly conducted to ensure the hips remain in the correct location. This treatment works extremely well and after 12 weeks of treatment most children will be treated effectively. The treatment works for 90% of babies suffering from hip subluxation and for 80% of babies suffering from hip dislocation.

    In babies over 6 months the Pavlik Harness method is unlikely to work effectively. For children who are over 6 months of age or for whom the Pavlik Harness is not effective, your child will be anesthetised whilst their hip is manoeuvred into the correct position and a cast will be worn to hold the joint in place.

    Finally if your child is older than a year, surgery will be required.

    What are the Costs?

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    Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

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    Making A Hip Dysplasia Claim

    If you feel that your child has suffered from their hip dysplasia unnecessarily due to the negligence of a medical professional. The following circumstances may mean you have a valid basis for a medical negligence claim:

    • Doctors failed to diagnose the hip dysplasia
    • Your child suffered avascular necrosis
    • Surgery was poorly performed
    • Appropriate treatment was not administered
    • Diagnosis of hip dysplasia was late, leading the condition to worsen


    Hip Dysplasia Legal Experts Are Ready And Waiting To Help You.

    Contact 1st Claims today to receive a completely free, no obligation initial consultation with one of our specialist hip dysplasia team. We will talk through your situation with you in detail as we understand that you will be concerned, you will want advice and every case is different. We will then be able to offer you an opinion as to whether you have basis for a successful claim and how best to pursue it. All 1stClaims hip dysplasia lawyers focus on putting the interests of you and your baby first and foremost - we will hand selected the best solicitor for your cae.

    If you would like 1stClaims' expert Hip Dysplasia Solicitors on your side please call us free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630 720) or complete our Free Claim Enquiry form now and we will be in touch with you very soon.

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