A delay in diagnosing developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) can rob a baby of the opportunity to get an effective treatment that almost always corrects the condition without surgery. After a child is four months old, the non-invasive approach is no longer an option. DDH can be corrected at this stage, but: Surgery is required.
Multiple surgeries may be necessary, including those that reshape the bones. After the surgeries, the patient must spend weeks or months in a hard body cast that keeps the legs far apart. Not only uncomfortable, the prolonged casting can lead to skin infections. Young DDH patients who receive surgical treatment may need hip replacement surgery in middle age. All of this pain, suffering, and expense may have been avoided if the doctor had correctly diagnosed developmental dysplasia of the hip immediately after birth or during a well-baby check. When a child suffers because a doctor made a mistake, the child’s parents can pursue financial compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim on their child’s behalf.
The medical malpractice attorneys of Team Law are experienced in cases involving a delayed diagnosis of developmental dysplasia of the hip. Our law firm has won millions of dollars in financial compensation for clients harmed by medical malpractice. We can help you, too. Did your child’s doctor fail to diagnose DDH before your baby was four months old? Please contact Team Law online or call (732) 388-5454. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and advise you of your legal options.
Medical malpractice attorney Roy J. Konray has experience representing clients in cases involving a delayed diagnosis of developmental dysplasia of the hip. He understands the legal and medical issues involved.
A diagnosis of DDH means that the bones of the hip joint are not aligned correctly. The joint is so loose that the ball of the joint (femoral head) can easily come out of the socket (the acetabulum). The condition is not painful in infants but must be corrected or the hip joint will later become painful and wear out quickly. One or two out of every 1,000 infants must be treated for DDH.
Doctors screen for hip dysplasia after a baby is born and at well-baby visits using the following two maneuvers:
Delayed diagnosis can happen when doctors misinterpret hip clicks and clunks. In addition to the clunk of the ball sliding back into the hip socket, the hip joint can make clicking sounds. Hip clicks are benign — like knuckle cracking — but they can be mistaken for clunks and vice versa. Doctors may encounter a clunk, misinterpret it as a harmless click and fail to take further action. This can lead to an extended delay in diagnosis.
When a doctor fails to diagnose developmental dysplasia of the hip in an infant, the problem may not be detected for months or sometimes years. DDH can be a “silent condition that often does not cause pain or other obvious symptoms in babies and young children. Sometimes DDH is not diagnosed until adolescence or early adulthood when pain or limping develops.
Treatment varies depending on the age of the patient, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
The medical malpractice attorneys of Team Law understand what you are going through and know how to help. We will pursue financial compensation for the full extent of damages, including pain and suffering, disability, current and future medical expenses and more. Treatment for DDH requires a great deal of support from parents. It can be a long and trying journey. You can trust the attorneys at Team Law to pursue your legal claim so that you can focus on your child’s treatment and recovery. To arrange a free initial consultation, please contact us online or call (732) 388-5454.
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