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Home > Personal Injury > Medical Negligence > Birth Injury > Congenital Hip Dysplasia

Congenital Hip Dysplasia

Congenital Hip Dysplasia is a condition in which there is an abnormal development of the hip; this can result in the instability of the hip joint which in turn can lead to an increased risk of the hip socket being dislocated from the thigh bone.

The condition is usually developed at birth and as it progresses pain can be caused by the wearing away of the joint or ligaments; sometimes the only solution is to have a hip replacement. The condition is more prominent in females than in males.

Causes of Congenital Hip Dysplasia

It is estimated that 1 or 2 out of every 1000 child born may have a hip that is dislocated at birth. The causes are widely unknown and difficult to pin down however it is thought that those most likely to contract the condition include:

  • Those with a family history of Congenital Hip Dysplasia
  • Babies born in the breech position
  • Babies born with other conditions that affect their position in the uterus i.e. clubfoot
  • Babies born to women with low levels of amniotic fluid (Oligohydramnios)

New born babies are routinely checked for the condition by midwives and are monitored throughout their early years. Instances where previous compensation claims have arisen involve cases in which health visitors have not carried out sufficient checks and the condition has not been noticed until the child has started to walk and it was noted that they were limping.

Why take legal action?

If medical negligence is suspected as a possible cause of Congenital Hip Dysplasia then a medical negligence compensation claim can be made to cover the costs of care and to ensure an improved quality of life. It is also possible to obtain damages on a provisional basis so that additional compensation is often awarded if further operations are needed as a result of the condition or if osteoarthritis is developed as a result of the disease.

Important things to remember before initiating a claim include time limits: there is a strict three year time limit for this type of claim as is the case with all personal injury claims. It is also important to find the right solicitors who possess the necessary experience to obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Clear Answers' lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors have an impressive track record when it comes to these types of claims. No matter how complex the case seems to you we will be able to provide you with expert advice that is uncomplicated and in terms that you can understand. A lawyer will be there every step of the way throughout your claim and we are committed to keeping you informed throughout the whole of the claim process.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Compensation claims for Congenital Hip Dysplasia

Have you or a member of your family suffered as a result of medical negligence? For more information about our service or for advice about whether we can assist you with a medical negligence compensation claim contact us today on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms. One of our representatives will contact you (without obligation) to discuss the matter further within 24 hours (48 hours at weekends).

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