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A bone fracture is a severe injury that should not be left untreated in medical care, it must be treated with priority. Fracture misdiagnosis is a major cause of missed fracture claims against the emergency unit of hospitals across the UK. If not correctly treated, fractures can result in severe permanent damage. Fracture misdiagnosis can lead to other bone complications like osteoarthritis and infection.
It is expected that a broken bone be properly treated by the accident & emergency unit when a patient visits the hospital. Extra care should be taken because a missed bone fracture can result in excruciating pain and further complications that can lead to missed fracture claims.
If a hospital missed your bone fracture and this has caused you unbearable pains, our medical negligence solicitors can help. We are aware of the consequences of prolonged pains and will get you all the advice you need to know if you are eligible to make a hospital missed fracture claim. If a hospital negligence led to complications of fracture, our misdiagnosis solicitors can help you with missed fracture claims.
Missed Fracture Explained?
A missed fracture is an undiagnosed broken bone that is left untreated in a patient’s body by the hospital. We all expect the best from every medical professional or hospital. Medical negligence in treatment makes a patient’s situation worse than before. When a fractured bone is not identified and a patient’s condition gets worse, it can lead to claiming compensation for misdiagnosis of fracture.
A patient who comes with a broken leg in hospital believes they will be cured without experiencing untreated foot fracture. The severity of a bone fracture should make it very important for accident and emergency doctors to identify and prescribe proper treatment. An appropriate method of treatment must be employed to limit misdiagnosis of fracture and issues with broken humerus compensation or missed fracture claims.
What Are The Various Types Of Missed Fractures?
Research shows that fracture is mostly misdiagnosed due to poor x-ray scans and interpretation of radiographs. According to the British Medical Journal, most types of missed fracture happen to the hands, foot, hip, wrist, knee, ankle, shoulder and other parts of the body where bones are located. If a doctor missed a scaphoid fracture or failed to diagnose broken knee symptoms nhs, our medical negligence experts can help you make missed fracture claims.
With over 200 bones in the human body, fracture can occur in any part. Missed fractures can happen in the leg and foot, like the patella, fibula, knee, metatarsal or toe area. It can also occur in the hand or arms area, like fingers, elbow, growth plate or radius. Others include:
- Missed fractures in the Pelvic.
- Missed fractures in the Ribs.
- Missed fractures in the Clavicle.
- Missed fractures in the Neck.
- Missed fractures in the Hips.
What Are The Known Causes Of A Missed Fracture?
Sometimes it can be hard to notice fractured or broken metatarsal symptoms in nhs or private hospitals. Other times, your fracture may be misdiagnosed because the symptoms were not visible during an initial medical examination. Victims may have other experiences not mentioned below, so we advise you speak with one of our medical misdiagnosis claims lawyers to help you investigate your unique fracture claim. Health care providers or GPs can miss a patient’s fracture in so many ways.
- When a hospital fails to identify an injury as a fracture.
- When a radiologist performs a scan incorrectly from the wrong angle. A bone fracture can be missed on an x-ray because of a tiny line that could not be detected. This can occur when the hospital uses a low standard scanning machine that makes results difficult to read.
- When a doctor misinterprets an x-ray result. When a negligent hospital misinterprets x-ray results it can lead to further complications and compensation claims by the victim.
- When a missed elbow fracture or other types of fractures are misdiagnosed as sprains.
- When a negligent GP fails to share scan results with his medical team for further medical action.
Common Complications That May Result From Missed Fracture?
Serious complications can arise when a fractured bone goes unnoticed by the A&E unit of a hospital. These complications may lead to temporary or permanent damage in worse cases and some others can be life threatening. Missed fracture complications include:
- Bleeding or swelling.
- Need for amputation due to infection.
- Blood clotting.
- Damaged Veins and nerves.
- Fat embolism or blockage.
- Lack of blood supply to the bone.
- Infection of the bone structure.
- Joint stiffness.
- Long Term Deformity.
What Are Missed Fracture Claims?
Missed fracture claims happen when a patient files a lawsuit against a negligent doctor, usually in an accident & emergency unit of a hospital, as a result of a failed broken metatarsal treatment uk or failure of a doctor to notice a bone fracture. Signs of missed bone fracture may include, slight deformity, pains, dizziness, swelling, numbness, bruises, nausea etc.
If not correctly treated, fractures can result in severe permanent damage. Fracture misdiagnosis can lead to other bone complications like osteoarthritis and infection. If you experienced any of these signs and think you may be a victim of missed fracture, get in touch with us for specialist advice.
Usually, we can help our clients with missed fracture claims if we can establish that a negligent treatment caused a broken bone to worsen. This is because every hospital and all medical professionals have an obligation to care for their patients at all times when they visit without causing more harm to their condition.
Why Do I Need To Make Missed Fracture Claims?
Claiming compensation for medical negligence can help victims with the financial support they need through their recovery process especially if the misdiagnosis of fracture led to any form of deformity. If a claim is left unreported, medical mistakes can reoccur but this can be avoided when you seek compensation to prevent injustice from happening again.
To make a misdiagnosis of a fracture claim, or be successful in your claim certain factors must be established in a lawsuit. First, there must have been a neglect in duty on the part of a hospital or medical professional. In a nutshell you must be able to:
- Demonstrate there was a duty of care.
- Establish that there was a breach in this duty of care.
- Establishing that missed diagnosis led to a patient’s pain and suffering.
- Establish that the medical error could have been avoided if a competent medical professional handled the case.
- Prove all medical reports that will form the basis of your claim.
No Win No Fee, How Does It Work For Missed Fracture Claims?
No win no fee is a conditional funding option where a claimant is given an opportunity to pursue a compensation claim even if they don’t have any financial means to do so. This means that you have a one hundred percent chance of starting your claim with no financial obligation to you. Victims often worry about legal costs of medical negligence claims but no need to worry with this type of funding option.
If you are still unsure you suffered a missed fracture due to a misdiagnosis, you speak to our experts to know if you can make a missed fracture compensation claim based on a no win no fee agreement.
Our medical negligence claims solicitors can help you through the medical negligence complaints procedure if you reach out today.
How Much Is My Missed Fracture Compensation Claim Worth?
Before you make a claim, you must have grounds to sue for medical negligence. Compensation awards vary for all types of medical negligence claims. Get in touch with one of our medical negligence team or use our medical negligence claim calculator to find out how much your claim may be worth. We know how hard it can be to claim for a missed fracture, so we are here to help you through the entire process.
The easiest way to find out if you have a claim is to contact our well trained solicitors. They will offer you the best advice to enable you to make a claim once they think you may have a strong case for missed fracture.
What Can I Recover In A Missed Fracture Compensation Claim?
A negligent action or inaction of a medical professional can lead to permanent damage to patients. When they make a claim, victims can get financial support they need through their recovery process. In a missed fracture claim, you can recover compensation for any harm sustained as a direct cause of negligent treatment received. There are two categories of damages you can receive, special and general damages. These include:
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
- Compensation for Loss Of Amenity.
- Compensation for Loss Of Earnings.
- Compensation for ongoing cost of medical treatment.
- Compensation cost for any psychological damage.
- Compensation cost for acquiring needed equipment.
Why Trust Medical Negligence Direct To Assist With Your Missed Fracture Claims?
Our experienced solicitors specialise in missed Fracture Claims. You can contact one of them to begin your compensation claim.
If a hospital missed your bone fracture and this has caused you unbearable pain, you may be eligible to make a missed fracture claim if you call our medical negligence solicitors on 0800 644 4240
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Frequently Asked Questions About Missed Fracture Claims
Can I Make Missed Fracture Claims If A Hospital Missed My Fracture In The UK?
Yes, It is expected that a broken be properly treated by the accident & emergency unit when a patient visits the hospital. Extra care should be taken because a missed bone fracture can result in excruciating pain and result in further complications and suing a hospital. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are available to give answers to all your questions concerning your missed fracture claims today.
How Can I Make A Missed Fracture Claim?
We know how hard it can be to claim for a missed fracture, so we are here to help you through the entire process. Claiming compensation for medical negligence can help victims with the financial support they need through their recovery process especially if the misdiagnosis of fracture led to any form of deformity. If a claim is left unreported, medical mistakes can reoccur but this can be avoided when you seek compensation to prevent injustice from happening again.
Are All Cases Of Missed Fracture Successful?
Unfortunately, not all claimants of fracture misdiagnosis claims will be entitled to compensation awards. For instance, if the medical error was identified long before a claimant suffered more complications as a result of the misdiagnosis, then they are unlikely to make a claim. Our solicitors can access your case to know whether or not you have a possible negligence claim.
What Is The Time Limit For Making A Missed Fracture Claims?
Time limit for making most medical negligence claims is three years. You should make a claim within three years of becoming aware that your fracture worsened due to a treatment you were given. If you suffered a fractured vertebrae in nhs hospital or any other type of missed fracture in the hands of other healthcare providers, you may still have time to make a claim.
Can I Miss Court If I Am In Hospital While My Missed Fracture Is On Trial?
Most medical negligence claims end in settlement if the guilty party admits their error on time, so yours may probably not reach trial. In few cases that don’t get settled, a lawsuit will be filed in court with dates of court appearances which both parties must be present. The only exception is when the plaintiff has an emergency in the hospital, depending on the judge handling the case. Get more information or advice from our Medical Negligence solicitors, please call us directly on 0800 644 4240.