Fracture Misdiagnosis Negligence Claims
In a busy hospital’s A&E department it is possible to miss a fracture by mistaking it for simple bruising or treating it as a sprain. In exceptionally busy times patients may not even have an x- ray before being sent home with the advice to rest and take painkillers. Even with an x-ray, fractures are not always immediately visible and can be overlooked due to inexperience taking or analysing x-rays.
Fracture misdiagnosis can cause excessive pain, while delays in treatment may mean the fracture does not heal correctly and lead to pain and mobility issues throughout a patient’s life. Not all cases of missed fractures are due to negligence, but where negligence can be proven and shown to have had an adverse impact on a patient’s health, it may be possible to make a claim.
What is Fracture Misdiagnosis Negligence?
Fracture negligence can occur by not identifying a fracture, or diagnosing it but treating it incorrectly. Bones do not have to be completely snapped to be fractured. They can also include bones that are cracked but not broken all the way through. The cracks can run in any direction, and the severity of them will depend on the force and the angle of the trauma which caused the fracture.
For a fracture misdiagnosis negligence claim to be credible, it needs to prove that negligence occurred – that the fracture was un-diagnosed when the patient sought medical advice – as well as showing that this negligence led to delayed recovery or further injury. Not all negligent care will have an effect on the patient’s treatment and recovery.
Examples of fracture misdiagnosis can include:
- Failure to take an x-ray.
- Misreading an x-ray and not detecting a fracture.
- Incorrect treatment due to misdiagnosis.
For example, a patient went to the accident and emergency department with a suspected fracture in his hand. The staff did not diagnose the fracture from the x-ray, and the patient received no referral to the fracture clinic. These errors led to a delay the patient receiving appropriate treatment which caused an extended recovery period and ongoing weakness – both of which were due to the misreading of the x-ray.
How Can We Help?
The Medical Negligence Experts will talk to you about your situation to initially ascertain whether your claim is viable. As well as showing you were a victim of medical negligence, you need to demonstrate the negligence had a detrimental effect on your treatment and recovery.
If you choose to proceed with a claim, our lawyers will help collate the necessary evidence and present it to your care provider in writing, asking that they compensate you accordingly taking into account expenses you have incurred and loss of earnings.
We will guide you through the process, supporting you and regularly updating you so you know what is going on. Your claim needs to start within three years of the date of your injury, or the date your condition was officially linked to your injury – whichever is the most recent.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and make your initial enquiry to find out how we can help.
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Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
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How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
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