Congenital Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is also referred to as Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH).
Congenital Hip Dysplasia is a condition which is present from birth and is an abnormality of the hip-joint that causes the top of the thigh bone to be unstable in the hip socket. The severity of this condition varies from person to person.
In some babies the presence of Congenital Hip Dysplasia is obvious as they will be born with a dislocated hip or one leg longer than the other, but in others there are no obvious symptoms at all. In order to diagnose the condition, every new-born baby should be given a physical examination and if a diagnosis is made soon after the birth, treatment is far easier and safer.
If Congenital Hip Dysplasia is not detected in these early stages, the problem could go undetected until the child starts to walk and it is noticed that they have a limp. By this time the condition may have caused irreparable damage such as pain, problems walking, the risk of developing osteoarthritis and the risk that surgery may be necessary.
If you believe that a diagnosis of Congenital Hip Dysplasia was delayed due to the negligence of medical practitioners you may be able to make a claim for damages.
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