Medical Negligence: Sports Injury Claims

Was your Sports Injury Mis-diagnosed or not Fixed Properly?

These are Negligent Acts with Lasting Effects

If you play sports often, it goes without saying that you are more susceptible to injury, this will also apply to you if you are generally more active or enjoy outdoor holidays etc. In the majority of cases a common sports injury is treatable, and has no ongoing effects.

Injury Example: The Knee

Knee Joint - Sports Injury Claims

The knee joint is particularly susceptible to injury, especially when participating in sport. Whether it's just inflammation, or a fully blown tear, sports injuries to the knee can have a significant effect on your life.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

The ACL is a ligament in your knee, which prevents the shin from sliding out in front of the thigh bone. This explains how it can easily be injured if you overextend your knee (ie if you kick the air expecting to hit something). It can also be injured if the side of your knee is hit, or you quickly stop and change direction.

These are all things that can occur while playing sports, symptoms of an ACL injury include:

  • A popping sound coming from your knee at the time of the injury
  • Inflammation and swelling within the first 6 hours of the injury
  • Pain that occurs or gets worse when you try to put weight on the leg that's injured

Treatment

An ACL injury is usually treated by way of a very straight-forward procedure which involves constructing a new ACL with a graft taken from the patient’s hamstring or patella tendon, or an allograft (a graft taken from a dead person). This is a procedure with a very high success rate.

Case Examples

Unfortunately, we experience cases where these procedures have been conducted negligently. This has led to patients failing to recover and requiring further surgeries. Each time further surgery is needed the procedure becomes more difficult, due to a build-up of scar tissue.

The Risks

  • Higher risk of tearing a meniscus - part of the knee cartilage
  • A meniscus tear can result in further damage to the cartilage
  • Future arthricic conditions
  • Risk of a Knee Replacement

It is important that any knee problems are reported to your GP, and in the case of serious pain, to accident and emergency.

Early action is vital to reduce the risk of permanent damage to the knee, and thereby reducing the risk of mobility problems.

More Than Just Sportsmen and Women

Many people with an ACL injury will play sports, and you may even be lucky enough to do that for a living. An injury to your knee would obviously severely impact upon your career and future earnings. It must be stressed however, that many people do active or physical jobs, including:

  • Nurses
  • Logistics Operators
  • Mechanics

If you injured your cruciate ligament whilst on an active holiday it could have much the same impact on your job, therefore a loss of earnings claim would still be possible.

Earnings and Mobility

In personal injury and medical negligence claims, you're able to value your claim based upon, among other things, future loss of earnings. If your career has been ruined by a medical misdiagnosis, this can be considered as part of your medical negligence claim.

As well as a hit to your career prospects you may also be left with a loss of or reduced mobility. If you end up losing some degree of independence you could possibly need care and help in the future. In this instance you should pursue a claim so you can be compensated accordingly.

Whether you play sports professionally or just as a hobby, the result of any injury is the same.

Call our medical negligence solicitors today on Freephone: 0808 129 3320 or use our free, no obligation, online enquiry form to discuss your medical negligence compensation claim.


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