Case study: failure to diagnose wrist fracture
Simon, 28, suffered pain and discomfort and was left with restricted movement after hospital doctors failed to diagnose a fracture in his wrist. Nicholas Young, one of the specialist solicitors at Hospital Negligence secured him £4,000 in compensation.
Fracture missed during an x-ray
Simon’s problems began when he injured himself in an accident which resulted in him being taken to hospital by ambulance. Once there X-Rays were undertaken to check for broken and fractured bones. These revealed that he had suffered several fractures in his hands and his right leg.
Simon underwent surgery to address the fracture in his leg and screws were put in place to hold it together. One of his thumbs was heavily strapped and monitored and other fractures were treated more conservatively.
Simon was discharged a couple of weeks later and a plan was made for outpatient reviews and for further X-Rays to be taken to monitor how the fractures were healing. These were said to show that all the fractures were healing in a satisfactory position.
Wrist issues lead to a further x-ray
However almost a month later a further X-Ray revealed some abnormalities in his left wrist and Simon appeared to have restricted movement. He was readmitted to hospital for a procedure to address the problem and his wrist was put in a split. Simon continued to need the splint for support for the next few months and he struggled to grip items with his left hand.
Letter to the hospital confirms negligence
Simon wrote a letter to the hospital to complain about the treatment he had received as he felt doctors had failed to properly diagnose the injury to his wrist at the time of the accident meaning he was not treated appropriately.
The hospital’s complaint response confirmed Simon’s suspicions. It stated that the seriousness of a fracture to his left wrist was not identified at the time of his injury and that is was now unlikely that he would ever regain full movement due to the severity of the initial injury and the delay in treatment.
On hearing this Simon contacted the team at Hospital Negligence to help him to ensure that he was compensated for this failure. His case was handled by Nicholas Young, a solicitor specialising in medical negligence, who was successful in obtaining him £4,000 in compensation for the failure to diagnose his wrist injury.
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