Missed Fracture Claims

Missed Fracture Claims

Missed fracture claims are made when patients are let down by medical professionals. Missed fracture claims are often caused by a medical professional failing to diagnose fractures  negligently.

A fracture is also referred to as a broken bone. It is a very common injury which if left untreated can leave serious consequences. Most fractures are diagnosed quickly and the fracture can heal without any problems. However, if the fracture has been missed and there has been a delay in diagnosing the fracture then there could be a missed fracture claim.

Medical practitioners have a duty of care. If you have suffered with a fracture the doctor treating you has a duty to ensure it is diagnosed and treated properly. If he or she fails to do so they have breached their duty of care. This may have led to pain which could have been avoided, early onset of osteoarthritis or a permanent disability such as amputation.

It is so important to seek legal advice if this has happened. Our team of solicitors are specialists in dealing with claims for missed fractures. They can provide advice and support throughout this process.

If you have a claim for missed fracture compensation you need to act quickly. There are strict time limits with bringing a claim.

Our solicitors are experts in Missed Fracture Claims. You can contact one of our solicitors today by completing our quick Free Claim Assessment or call us on 0800 999 3372.

 

What is a Fracture?

Fractures can happen to different parts of the body and there can be different types and sizes of fractures. Different parts of the body include:

  • Hip fractures
  • Scaphoid (wrist) fractures
  • Heel fractures
  • Ankle fractures
  • Spinal fractures
  • Elbow fractures

 

There are four main categories of fractures. These are:

  • A Displaced Fracture

 

This is where the bone snaps into two or more parts and moves so that two ends are not lined up straight. If the bone breaks into many pieces this is called a comminuted fracture.

  • A Non-Displaced Fracture

 

This is where the bone cracks either part way or all the way through but has not been moved out of alignment.

  • A Closed Fracture

 

This is where the bone breaks but there is no open wound in the skin.

  • An Open Fracture

 

This is where the bone breaks and pierces the skin. With an open fracture there is a risk of deep bone infection.

If a medical professional misdiagnoses the kind of fracture you have, they have been negligent resulting in missed fracture claims.

How Can Missed Fractures Claims Occur?

There are many headline stories we hear that A&E departments are extremely busy and understaffed. Sadly in these circumstances mistakes are likely to happen more resulting in missed fracture claims. It may be that a patient has fallen landing on their wrist and fracturing the same, or a patient has fractured their ankle whilst playing football. When attending hospital, the doctor should carry out a physical examination, and carry out an x-ray to identify if a fracture is available.

Sometimes an x-ray cannot always detect a fracture. This is common with certain types of fractures, for example wrist fractures, hip fractures, and stress fractures. If the x-ray cannot detect a fracture then an MRI scan or a bone scan should be performed.

An MRI scan stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It involves using strong magnetic fields and radio waves to take pictures of the bones. It shows more detail than a standard x-ray and can differentiate more clearly between normal and abnormal tissue.

A bone scan is nuclear imaging where tiny amounts of radioactive material is injected into the veins and they are taken up at various sites in the body. Areas of the body where cells and tissues are repairing themselves will take up the largest tracer.

If a medical professional fails to identify a fracture it can often lead to missed fracture claims. Medical professionals must be vigilant when assessing patients, if they are not, negligent mistakes are made.

 

Examples of Missed Fractures

Examples of missed fractures leading to missed fracture claims can include:

  • Fracture missed on x-ray
  • Misinterpreting symptoms of a fracture for a sprain
  • Failing to treat the fracture properly using a splint or bandage

 

Once the fracture is identified the appropriate treatment should be given as soon as possible. Treatment is usually in the form of a bandage, or splint, physiotherapy treatment, or even surgery. Fractured bones have to be put in their proper place in order to heal properly. This can be some in some circumstances without the need for surgery. This is known as closed reduction. However, serious fractures may have to be treated with surgery. This is known as open reduction. Surgery can include using pins, screws, plates and rods to keep the bones in place. Medication should also be prescribed for pain relief, and if surgery has occurred to prevent infection.

If the appropriate treatment described above is not given this can result in serious consequences. This can include increased pain, deformity of the bone, vascular trauma, amputation, and osteoarthritis.

It can also result in the need for more invasive surgery such as an arthrodesis. This is where the bones are artificially fused together through surgery. Whilst this can reduce the pain, it can still result in long term immobility.

Our solicitors are experts in Missed Fracture Claims. You can contact one of our solicitors today by completing our quick Free Claim Assessment or call us on 0800 999 3372.

 

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. It occurs when there is damage in and around the joint that the body cannot fully repair. Osteoarthritis usually develops in people over the age of 45, although there are younger people who can develop it as well.

If a fracture has been missed and there is a delay in treating the fracture, this can result in the early onset of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a long term condition which cannot be cured. Symptoms of osteoarthritis includes joint pain and tenderness, increased stiffness, a crackling sensation on the joints, limited range of movement in the joints, and a weakness and muscle wasting. If osteoarthritis is caused by a missed fracture it can often lead to missed fracture claims.

Although there is no cure for the condition, there are a number of treatments which can help ease the condition and relieve symptoms. The different forms of treatment are pain medication, physiotherapy exercises, water therapy, a TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine, and hot or cold packs. Missed fracture claims are commonly associated with the development of osteoarthritis. This is unacceptable.

What Are Missed Fracture Claim?

The effects of a missed fracture can be devastating. It can result in long term mobility problems, permanent pain, reduced weakness, and even psychological symptoms. If you have been treated negligently following a fracture, missed fracture claims allow you to obtain justice and compensation for your suffering.

A missed fracture may prevent a return to work especially if that work involves driving, manual handling, or using tools. This can result in loss of earnings. There may also be an increased dependency on family and friends for care with things like chores and hygiene needs. These features can be assessed as part of a claim for missed fracture compensation.

The law in the UK allows victims of missed fractures to obtain justice for their suffering. Often, our clients are not concerned with just monetary compensation, what they really want is an explanation for why things went wrong and an apology. Unfortunately, victims often find that without making a missed fracture claim a proper explanation may never be given.

 

I am unsure whether I want to claim!

Bringing a claim for missed fracture negligence can help to avoid the same mistake being made again. Lessons can be learnt. Our solicitors often find that NHS guidelines will change following a medical negligence claim. If the medical mistakes that were made are identified and investigated, improvements can be made.

It is also important that you are able to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering. At the very least, you may incurred additional expenses and costs for extra care due to the injury. You may have had to take time of work, or give up your job altogether. In these circumstances, it is only fair that you as the victim are able to receive the correct amount of compensation for your suffering.

 

No Win No Fee Missed Fracture Claims

Our medical negligence solicitors will represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. There is no cost to you if the claim is unsuccessful. You will obtain the maximum compensation available to you.

Our solicitors will also discuss any other options that are available regarding you case.

How Much Compensation For Missed Fracture Claims?

The amount of compensation you could receive for missed fracture claims varies depending on the impact of the medical mistake. The amount of compensation you are awarded will depend on the extent of your suffering and the details of your case. It will also depend on your personal circumstances.

Our solicitors will be able to guide you through the levels of compensation available based on your own circumstances. Contact them today for a Free Case Assessment.

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