You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have suffered because your fracture was missed or misdiagnosed by a medical professional. Our expert solicitors can provide the help and support you need to give you the very best chance of securing a successful outcome and making a positive difference to your life.
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Missed or Undiagnosed Fractures
When a person suffers a fracture it is imperative that this is diagnosed promptly and correctly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and it is not unknown for a fracture to be missed by a medical professional. A failure to identify such an injury can have very serious consequences for the patient, including additional pain and incorrect healing, which can cause more problems further down the line.
A fracture that isn't diagnosed quickly enough can become extremely serious if, for example, a bone begins to heal in the wrong position or if it means treatment to fix the problem becomes much more complicated than it would have been had the correct analysis been made much earlier.
If you have suffered because a medical professional failed to spot a fracture at the earliest opportunity, it is therefore imperative you seek legal assistance from a qualified, experienced team of solicitors who can give you every chance of making a successful claim.
Types of Negligence
There are many reasons why a fracture may be missed by a medical professional. These can include:
- An X-ray was not requested because the medical professional was inexperienced on such matters
- The fracture was difficult to see on the X-ray
- The view taken on the X-ray was incorrect
- An X-ray was not requested because the medical professional believed the symptoms did not indicate a fracture had occurred
- Results of the X-ray were not passed on as intended, and so no further action was taken
Types of Fracture
The type of fracture suffered may make it difficult for a medical professional to diagnose the issue correctly. There are many different types of fracture, each with their own typical causes and symptoms. Examples include:
- Simple fractures - Easy to visibly diagnose as they do not break the skin
- Compound fractures - Also known as open fractures, these break the skin
- Greenstick fractures - More common in children and looks like the 'splintering' of the bone
- Pathological fractures - Caused by underlying diseases, as opposed to trauma
- Stress fractures - Caused by repeated stress to the bone, such as that caused by running
Another common fracture that is often missed and can cause considerable discomfort for the sufferer is a scaphoid fracture. This affects wrist movement and can be very painful if not properly treated. You can read more about scaphoid fractures here.
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Our solicitors are here to help you secure the compensation you deserve and to which you are entitled. We are hugely experienced in medical negligence of all types and can provide the guidance and legal knowledge you need in order to ensure your missed fracture claim is successful.