What is Congenital hip dysplasia?

Congenital hip dysplasia (also known as development hip displacement) is a malformation of the hip joint, whereby the femoral head (the upper end of the thigh bone) does not sit securely in the socket (called the acetabulum).

The condition is a birth defect and tends to run in families and is more common in girls and first born children. The severity of the condition varies, in that in some cases the ball is held loosely in the socket, whereas in others the hip may be dislocated altogether at birth. Without prompt, correct treatment the condition invariably becomes worse over time as the child becomes more active.

If congenital hip dysplasia is not detected and treated in a timely fashion it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim if this has been caused by failure to correctly to carry out the required checks.

An examination of all new born babies is carried out to assess whether or not they have congenital hip dysplasia. The range of movement of the hips is tested and this should be repeated at check up appointments during a child’s early years. Failure to carry out the appropriate tests and checks may amount to medical negligence.

Moloney & Co. Solicitors have extensive experience in recovering compensation for victims of medical negligence including claims for congenital hip dysplasia. Moloney & Co. Solicitors can provide expert claim advice on all areas of making a claim and offer the assistance and guidance that you need.

To get further information in relation to your congenital hip claim please contact Moloney & Co. Solicitors today at 045 898000 or simply complete an online contact form to speak to a member of our medical negligence team.