Failure to diagnose fractures
Where a fracture that should have been treated is left undiagnosed, the patient can suffer a prolonged period of pain and discomfort and in some cases, irreparable damage.
Missed or incorrectly treated fractures
It is estimated that over 300,000 people are treated for fractures by the NHS every year. Tests within hospitals these days are very good at identifying fractures as the equipment and procedures in place usually rule in or rule out a fracture very quickly. But sometimes things can go wrong.
Time constraints, poor processes, failure to order the correct tests and misreading x-rays can all lead to a missed fracture diagnosis.
It is vitally important that a patient gets the right treatment for the fracture they have suffered. Complications resulting from missed fractures or incorrectly treated fractures can result in injury to the patient including nerve injury, infections such as osteomylelitis, or even avascular necrosis (where the bone dies due to lack of blood supply).
If you have suffered as a result of an undiagnosed or negligently treated fracture, then you may be able to make a claim.
Making a missed fracture diagnosis claim
If your fracture was not diagnosed properly, you may be feeling upset and let down. We can advise you on whether the care you received was negligent as well as whether or not you may be entitled to missed fracture compensation.
We will explain each stage of the missed fracture claims process in a jargon-free manner and you will be under no obligation to take things further if you do not wish to. Our initial consultation is always free.