Misdiagnosis or Delayed Treatment of Fracture
An undiagnosed or a misdiagnosed fracture is a break in your bone that isn’t picked up by a doctor during an examination.
Broken fingers and toes are especially common, but these tend to heal on their own, with very little need for medical assistance.
Fractures in areas such as the skull, ribs, legs and arms, however, are far more serious.
If left untreated, they can lead to serious complications. These can include bones healing in the wrong position or bones breaking and rupturing internal organs.
If a doctor or hospital misdiagnosed your fractures, you may be able to claim compensation.
How can I be sure if I can claim compensation?
The law surrounding Medical Negligence is extremely complex.
Most people assume that to claim compensation for medical negligence, a patient must have been left with life-changing injuries or illnesses.
This is certainly not the case. You can actually claim compensation for all injuries and illnesses that were a result of a doctor’s negligence.
A common error made in cases of medical negligence is misdiagnosis of fractured bones.
How do I make a compensation claim for misdiagnosis of fracture?
Due to the large number of reasons that could lead to fractures being missed or misdiagnosed, not all missed fracture cases will give rise to a claim.
It is important to bear that in mind before beginning legal proceedings.
Like all personal injury claims, to give yourself the best chance of success, you will need to provide proof that your injuries were due to a fault committed by the other party.
In other words, to make a successful undiagnosed fracture claim, you must prove that the fracture was incorrectly treated or undiagnosed.
In either case, you must prove that you were provided with treatment that didn’t reach the standards expected of a competent medical professional.
If you have a copy of your x-ray which shows the fracture, this will greatly enhance your chances of success.
How much could I claim?
The amount of compensation you receive from a successful misdiagnosed fracture claim will also depend on the severity of the fracture.
Furthermore, it will depend on the complications that arose as a result of it not being diagnosed.
If, for example, you had to take time off work, or your quality of life was seriously affected, you are likely to be awarded a bigger compensation package.
If you have suffered as a result of clinical negligence, contact our experienced team of medical negligence solicitors. Call us on 0161 685 0070 or fill out our medical negligence enquiry form. We are here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.