Almost all orthopaedic treatment and orthopaedic surgery is performed by highly-skilled medical professionals and results in no complications for the patient.

Where medical errors do occur however, they can cause significant and often long term pain and mobility issues.

If you believe that a medical error during orthopaedic surgery or in your post-operative treatment has caused complications contact us to enquire about making a medical negligence compensation claim.

Thompsons Solicitors has vast experience in supporting clients who have suffered injuries ranging from pain and suffering for months to substantial and life-changing injuries as a result of errors during orthopaedic surgery or care after surgery. Our specialist lawyers are ready to support you with free initial advice and information about whether you may have a claim.

Our specialist team will investigate your case to establish if your treatment fell below the expected standard and if there is a claim we will fight to secure the greatest amount of compensation for your injury. Thompsons Solicitors can also sign-post you to rehabilitation and medical negligence support groups who can offer you advice and further peace of mind while your case is ongoing.

We helped a delivery driver who fell from the back of a lorry and sustained a serious injury to his wrist that was misdiagnosed by his local hospital.

Call us today on 0800 0 224 224 for a free orthopaedic surgery error claim consultation. Alternatively, complete our Start a Claim form and one of our orthopaedic negligence claims specialists will be in touch at a time that is convenient for you.



1. What is orthopaedic surgery?

Orthopaedic surgery is the treatment for musculoskeletal injuries, including damage to bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and the nervous system.

2. How might I suffer a musculoskeletal injury?

A musculoskeletal injury can be caused by trauma from a slip, trip or fall, crush injury or spinal injury, at work, on the roads or elsewhere.

It can also be a caused by degenerative conditions, such as osteoarthritis, as well as infections and tumours.

3. What is orthopaedic negligence?

Orthopaedic negligence can occur due to :

Surgical error: You may be able to make an orthopaedic claim for compensation if the surgeon made a mistake while operating, causing you an injury.

Misdiagnosis: If a medical professional diagnoses you with the wrong condition or illness, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.

Delayed diagnosis: Similarly, if your musculoskeletal injuries go undetected for a substantial period of time despite doctors investigating your symptoms, you may develop avoidable complications and further pain.

If any of these are the case, you could be able to make an orthopaedic negligence compensation claim. We can advise whether you may have a claim if you contact us with information about your specific circumstances or concerns – contacting us doesn’t mean you have any obligation to claim.

4. Can Thompsons Solicitors help me with my orthopaedic claim?

Yes. Thompsons Solicitors has decades of experience supporting clients who have suffered medical negligence, including for complications around orthopaedic surgery.

Our experts have supported people who have been affected by metal-on-metal hip implants, which have deteriorated and caused significant damage and inflammation of the bone and muscle tissue surrounding the hip. Find out more information about metal-on-metal implants and how we can help you.

We have also supported clients with orthopaedic claims for complications around knee implants, as well as wider claims around doctor negligence, surgical error and other hospital complaints.

We supported almost 500 patients who were treated negligently by disgraced breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson.

5. Is there a time limit for making an orthopaedic negligence claim?

Yes. To make a compensation claim for orthopaedic negligence you need to start a court claim within three years of you reasonably knowing your injury or illness was caused by medical negligence.

For more details, contact our orthopaedic negligence specialists today. Exceptions can apply but we always advise that you do not delay starting a claim, we may have a lot of work to do to help you!

6. How do I pay for an orthopaedic compensation claim?

Thompsons Solicitors’ medical negligence specialists can discuss various ways to fund an orthopaedic compensation claim, but we will usually recommend a conditional fee agreement. This means that if the case is successful, the bulk of the legal costs are covered by the guilty party’s insurer. The only charge to you would be a success fee, which is never more than 25 per cent of the total damages. Trade union members (and in some instances their families) benefit from reduced rate or free medical negligence claim advice.

7. Will you charge me if the claim is unsuccessful?

No. Conditional fee agreements are often known as ‘no win, no fee’ agreements which means that you will not be charged a penny if the compensation claim is unsuccessful.

8. How long will I have to wait for my claim to be completed?

We cannot give a set time that it takes to settle a compensation claim, as many medical negligence and orthopaedic claims are complex and can take years to complete.

However, even if the case is complex, our legal team has the expertise and the experience to settle claims successfully and as swiftly as possible.

9. How do I make an orthopaedic injury compensation claim?

Starting an orthopaedic negligence compensation claim is simple. Speak to our friendly legal experts today on 0800 0 224 224 or fill in a Start a Claim form online.