Hip Dysplasia Malpractice Lawyer
A common condition that affects the hip joints of infants is known as hip dysplasia. This condition can affect the hip joint, socket or both. Doctors often refer to this issue as DDH, or developmental dysplasia of the hip, or congenital dysplasia of the hip.
Hip Dysplacia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Our medical malpractice lawyers handle a variety of cases, including those that have to do with hip dysplasia. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers handle many different types of case where children have sustained injuries because of the negligence of a physician. If you or someone you know has been harmed from a failure to make a positive diagnosis of hip dysplasia at an early stage, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers handles a variety of personal injury cases, of which, many relate to the ongoing complications of hip dysplasia. If you would like a free, no obligation consultation, please contact us today for more information. A medical malpractice lawyer will handle personal injury compensation claim settlements and deal with the issues of hip dysplasia arising when a physician has not administered proper care or treatment. If you would like to talk to one of our medical malpractice lawyers who deals with negligence issues relating to hip dysplasia, please use the contact form on this website or email our offices. We offer free advice with no further obligation in order to protect your legal right to claim compensation for personal injury caused by negligence. There are time limits to medical malpractice lawsuits and you should take legal advice from a specialist medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after the negligent event that caused your injury.
Hip Dysplasia Overview
While it is not completely clear what exactly leads to hip dysplasia, there are certain factors that can increase the risk. The condition is found in nearly 0.4 percent of all newborns, and is less common in boys. Family history of hip dysplasia, breech births, or a birth that takes place under oligohydramnios can also increase the risk.
Following birth, all babies need to be tested for hip dysplasia. The test for the condition is quite simple and involves the knees being flexed or the hips being abducted, and a click being felt. These tests, the Ortolani and Barlow tests, determine dysplasia by pushing the hips out from their normal positions. When a click is felt, follow up tests need to be conducted, such an ultrasound, to verify the hip joint positioning. Ultrasounds are quite handy to show the socket, the ball, and to judge the depth of the socket and its ability to hold the joint in place.
Hip dysplasia can be treated; however the type of treatment depends on the child’s age. The most common type of treatment involves repositioning the hip joint and holding it in place permanently. Younger children are easier to treat than those who are older. A simple device known as the Pavlik Harness can be worn from birth to six months of age to remedy the problem. This harness keeps the hips in place and allows the child to recover fully. Roughly ninety percent of children who use the harness require no further medical treatment. It can take a number of weeks for the hips to completely heal.
If for some reason the child is not diagnosed with hip dysplasia until after six months of age, the Pavlik Harness will not be the best form of treatment. Surgery will usually be required at this stage to reposition the hips. Following surgery, a specialized cast, referred to as a spica cast, is needed to keep the joints in place. The child will be immobile so healing is uninterrupted.
In the event the child is not diagnosed until after one year of age, the hips will need to be surgically repaired. Scar tissue will be formed, and will need to be managed, as this will prove detrimental to proper hip position.
It is critical that the hip joint be properly secured within the socket in order for recovery to be successful. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the greater the chances of success. Older children still can recover fully, however recovery times are longer, and the treatment is more involved.
Children who experience a delayed diagnosis, or are completely misdiagnosed can develop serious arthritis. If this occurs, a major surgical procedure known as an osteotomy will be required. An osteotomy involves cutting and realigning the bones, or may require a complete replacement of the hip.
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If you have experienced any type of complication because of the negligence of a medical professional, please contact us today. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers can help you with every aspect of your case and help you receive the compensation you deserve. For free no obligation advice on how to handle your case regarding hip dysplasia, please email or use the contact form on this website.