Knee replacement claims

If your knee replacement surgery was negligent, we could help you make a claim for the compensation you’re entitled to.


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What is knee replacement negligence?

The knee joint is one of the most complex joints in the human body. Sometimes the knee can wear away, be damaged or become diseased, which can then mean surgery is required to replace all or part of it.

This procedure is known as knee replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, and can help with your ability to walk and reduce the pain caused by your damaged knee joint.

Unfortunately, though, there are sometimes complications with knee replacement surgery, and this can cause you a lot of issues – often with serious consequences.

You may have suffered from knee surgery negligence if you:

  • Contracted a hospital infection
  • Suffered ligament, nerve or muscle damage
  • Were injured during the surgery

If your knee replacement implant was faulty, you could also be entitled to make a compensation claim.

How can a knee replacement go wrong?

A knee replacement is a relatively common procedure, with 237,924 carried out between 2019 and 2021, according to the National Joint Registry.

However, because it is a complex joint, there can be complications involved during and after knee replacement surgery. According to the NHS, around one in 20 patients experience complications after having knee replacement surgery.

These may be minor and successfully treated. However, if a medical professional has failed to uphold their duty of care, you could suffer serious consequences.

You may have suffered from the following complications after your knee surgery:

  • Allergic reaction to metal implants
  • Allergic reaction to the bone cement
  • Blood clots
  • Change in leg length
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Implants failing early
  • Infection in the knee
  • Ligament, artery or nerve injury
  • Persistent pain
  • Restricted movement or stiffness in joints

For some people, these complications could have life-altering effects.

It is down to medical professionals to provide you with the best care possible, so if you believe that your complications are a result of medical negligence then you are entitled to claim.

Types of knee implant

If a knee implant has failed or has caused you complications, then this could be down to the manufacturer. It is their responsibility to test the implant to ensure it is safe for use. When this is not done effectively, you could end up having a defective device implanted in your knee.

Some implants have been recalled or have had complaints raised, including:

  • Stryker’s Scorpio implants
  • Zimmer’s Natural Knee System implants
  • Zimmer’s NexGen

If you believe that your knee replacement could be from one of these manufacturers, then this could be the reason for your complications.

First4Lawyers is here to help, so give us a call if you believe you have suffered from knee surgery negligence. 

How to begin a knee replacement claim

You could make a medical negligence claim if your knee implant or knee replacement surgery has caused you complications.

If your medical team was negligent and provided substandard care, then we could help you get justice for what you’ve been through.

We recommend that you give us a call at First4Lawyers if you believe you have a claim. Our compassionate advisors are happy to help.

Is there a time limit for a knee replacement claim?

As with most medical negligence cases, there is a three-year time limit to begin your claim from the moment you discovered that negligence was to blame for your injuries.

If you’re unsure about anything then we recommend that you get in touch with us at First4Lawyers. We can explain whether you can make a claim and how we can help you.

How much knee surgery compensation can I claim?

The amount you receive depends on how severe your injury is.

Your claim will usually cover general damages, which covers compensation for the pain and discomfort you will have experienced due to knee operation negligence.

For a moderate knee injury, you could claim up to £13,740 in compensation. If your injury is more severe, then you could be awarded compensation of up to £96,210.

However, that isn’t all you could claim. You may also be able to claim special damages to cover the financial impact your experience of negligence has caused, including a loss of earnings and medical expenses.

Of course, we understand that no amount of money will reverse the pain and discomfort you have been through. However, compensation can help you pay for any extra medical care or surgery you may need.

If you want to work out an average of what you may receive in general damages, then you can use our handy compensation calculator.

The best thing to do if you’re unsure is to give us a call at First4Lawyers and we’ll be able to advise you.

How can I pay for my knee replacement claim?

At First4Lawyers, we offer a No Win No Fee service – which means if your case is unsuccessful you won’t have to pay anything. This makes it risk-free.

There is nothing to pay upfront, which means you can focus on your health and recovery instead of worrying about how to pay for your claim.

We will explain all costs before you agree to go ahead. This way, there are no nasty surprises further down the road.

We want you to be able to get the best legal help and advice you can.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How can First4Lawyers help?

When you get in touch with the First4Lawyers team, our caring and compassionate advisors will be there to help and reassure you.

They will listen carefully to the information you provide, and explain how we can help you.

If you have a potential claim, we will match you to one of our experienced solicitors to handle the process from there. They will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you feel ready then just give us a call, start your claim online, or request a callback.

We can be that helping hand when you need it the most.


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