Hip Replacement Negligence Claim Liverpool



Mr Barry Hood was a Head Mechanic at Hyundai – a job he enjoyed and thrived in prior to him undergoing a routine left hip replacement in November 2008. Barry enjoyed long walks and was a very active person before he underwent surgery on his left hip. 

Barry had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his hips prior to surgery and he consented to undergo a left hip replacement in order to alleviate the pain which he experienced in his left hip, and to improve the mobility in his hip. 

Barry had been referred by his GP to the orthopaedic team at Salford Royal Hospital in 2003, due to him experiencing pain in his left hip. In the first instance, Barry’s pain was managed by taking chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine, in order to see whether they gave him any pain relief. These medications did not provide adequate relief. 

Barry was then referred to undergo physiotherapy to see whether the pain in his left hip improved. Physiotherapy did not improve the pain; therefore, Barry underwent an injection to his hip in 2007. This injection did not provide any pain relief. 

Barry was then referred via the NHS to the Spire Hospital, Liverpool to undergo a total left hip replacement, which was performed in November 2008. After a 12-week period of rehabilitation, which included physiotherapy, Barry was initially happy with the result of the operation. 

However, whilst holidaying in Turkey in June 2012, Barry fell and dislocated his hip. Barry was unable to mobilise himself during the holiday and he was to remain in a wheelchair until he reattended Salford Royal Hospital on his return to the UK. 

Barry had to undergo a relocation to his left hip under general anaesthetic, however his hip continued to dislocate. Despite further relocations and an application of skin traction and a cricket pad splint, Barry’s left hip continued to dislocate. As a result, Barry was forced to undergo revision surgery to his left hip in July 2012. 

Despite surgery, Barry’s left hip continued to restrict his mobility and he developed symptoms of iliopsoas tendinopathy. As a result, Barry underwent an iliopsoas injection in April 2014. 

Barry thereafter suffered from a fall at work, and thereafter he developed a loud squeak and pain in his left hip. Barry was thereafter listed to undergo another revision of his left hip which he underwent on the 16 December 2014, at Salford Royal Hospital. The findings found at the operation were that the cup placed during the surgery which Barry underwent in November 2008, was very retroverted. 

Despite the revision surgery performed in December 2014 being successful, Barry still suffers from pain around his left hip and his left hip is now less mobile, due to the additional surgeries which he was forced to undergo. Barry had great difficulty in bending down and twisting his body when working with vehicles, therefore he was forced to change jobs to work in a less physically demanding role. This had a great impact on Barry, as he thrived in his role as the Head Mechanic at Hyundai. 

After Barry fell over in 2014, he contacted us to help; we discovered during investigations the surgeon had placed the acetabular component in an unusual degree of retroversion during his original surgery in November 2008. This led to the socket being placed in an unacceptable position, which predisposed Barry to subsequent instability. 

NHS Resolution, who indemnified the surgeon who performed Barry’s initial surgery in November 2008, accepted liability that the surgery had been negligently performed due to the acetabular component having been placed in a negligent level of retroversion. NHS Resolution also admitted that due to the November 2008 surgery having been negligently performed, he would not have required the several manipulations due to the dislocations he suffered from, he would have avoided the revision in July 2012 and he would not have required a revision of his hip until 2023. 

Mr Hood received a total of £44,000 in compensation for his injuries. 

Yunesh Yeeranah said, “The NHS failed to perform the first total hip replacement to an acceptable standard and as a result, Mr Hood has been forced to undergo unnecessary operations with all its attendant risks and period of recovery, due to the instability of the hip. Mr Hood has also suffered from the pain associated with his dislocations and relocations in addition to the emotional distress caused by the unnecessary operations and instability of his hip. We are pleased that we have held the surgeon accountable for the negligent surgery performed and that Barry’s compensation can support him through his thoroughly deserved retirement”. 

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