Successful hip claim following delay in diagnosis

23 March 2018

We successfully acted for a client where there was delay in diagnosis of her right-sided slipped upper femoral epiphysis. This is a hip condition that occurs in teens and pre-teens who are still growing, where the ball at the head of the femur (thigh bone) slips off the neck of the bone in a backwards direction.

Our client’s GP failed to adequately examine our client and refer her for an x-ray of her hip and the Defendant GP admitted liability.

Our client was just a minor at the time of the negligence and a settlement was ready to be approved by the Judge given the lack of impact of the negligence long-term. However, our client’s condition suddenly deteriorated and it was ascertained that the negligence had in fact resulted in a significantly poorer long-term outcome including an earlier hip replacement as well as an ongoing painful hip, back, groin and knee.

Our expertise in carefully analysing the expert evidence and extracting the likely long-term implications resulted in us obtaining a settlement in the end which was 15 times higher than the original settlement.

By Victoria Ellen Jones

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