Birth Injury Claims

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia Medical Negligence

Hip Dysplasia is an abnormal growth of the hip. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. Normally, the ball (femoral head) at the top of the thigh bone fits into the hip socket (acetabulum). It occurs when the hip joint has not developed properly and the socket is too shallow. This results in the ball (femoral head) slipping partially or completely out of the hip socket. Hip dysplasia ranges from a mild abnormality to a complete dislocation of the hip. The condition can develop before the baby is born or after birth, as the child grows.

If your baby has suffered an injury from a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of hip dysplasia, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation on their behalf.

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Hip Dysplasia Medical Negligence

How is Hip Dysplasia Diagnosed?

Where hip dysplasia is present at birth or develops shortly after birth, it should be detected early, either in Hospital at birth or by the GP at the 8 week check up. Where hip dysplasia has developed later in the child’s life, the parents are usually the first to notice the symptoms and report them to their GP. 

The symptoms are: 

  1. The baby’s hips make a popping or clicking that is heard or felt;
  2. The baby’s legs are not the same length;
  3. One hip or leg does not move the same as the other side;
  4. The skin folds under the buttocks or on the thighs do not line up;
  5. The child has a limp when starting to walk. 

Hip dysplasia can be diagnosed in a baby using ultrasound. For babies older than 4-6 months their bones have sufficiently formed that an x-ray can be used to make the diagnosis. 

Is Hip Dysplasia a Treatable Condition?

Hip Dysplasia is a treatable condition if diagnosed early. However, if left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage. If diagnosed early, it can usually be treated with simple, non-invasive treatment. Unfortunately, where there is a delay in making the diagnosis, it may result in unnecessary surgery and disability. Therefore, monitoring and early intervention are important to reduce a child’s risk of pain and disability.

How Can Croke Medical Law Help?

Croke Medical Law are well experienced in Birth Injury Claims and will provide expert legal advice in an empathetic manner. 

We can: 

  1. Investigate the cause of injury and provide answers that you and your family deserve to know to allow you to better understand what happened and to determine if a medical error was made. 
  2. Provide advice in relation to the legal process and represent you throughout your legal journey. 
  3. Seek financial compensation for your child. 
  4. Seek an explanation and an apology from the wrongdoer(s).

Hip dysplasia medical negligence