Misdiagnosis of Fractures

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Misdiagnosis or Delayed Treatment of Fractures

The law surrounding Medical Negligence is extremely complex, and most people assume that to claim compensation for medical negligence, a patient must have been left with life-changing injuries or illnesses. This is 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. An undiagnosed fracture is a break in a patient’s 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. However, fractures in areas such as the skull, ribs, legs and arms are far more serious, and if left untreated can lead to serious complications such as bones healing in the wrong position, or bones breaking and rupturing internal organs.

How do I make an undiagnosed fracture claim?

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’s important to bear that in mind before beginning legal proceedings. Like all personal injury claims, to make sure you 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.

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, but obtaining these documents can be difficult.

The amount of compensation you receive from a successful claim will also depend on the severity of the fracture, and the complications that arose as a result of it not being diagnosed. If you had to take time off work, or your quality of life was seriously affected, then you are likely to be awarded a bigger compensation package.

If you have suffered as a result of clinical negligence, contact Treadstone Law today on 0161 685 0070, email: info@treadstonelaw.co.uk or fill out our online enquiry form.

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