Delayed diagnosis of development displasia of the hip (DDH) – £355,000

DDH is a condition in which a baby’s hips fail to form properly. Sarah’s hips were tested at birth and a few weeks later but were wrongly assessed as normal. When Sarah began walking at 14 months, she appeared to have difficulties but her parents were reassured that there was no cause for concern. Sarah’s problems continued and one year later she was diagnosed as suffering from bilateral DDH. She had to undergo extensive corrective surgery and was left severely disabled.

We pursued a claim for Sarah on the basis that DDH could and should have been diagnosed and treated within a few weeks of Sarah’s birth and that this early treatment would have allowed her hips to develop normally. The Hospital denied liability and eventually the claim went to trial where the Judge found in Sarah’s favour and awarded compensation.

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