Undiagnosed Fracture Claims
Fractures can be a significantly painful and debilitating condition which can quickly impact on a patient’s ability to function in normal daily tasks and their work duties. If left undiagnosed and untreated, a fracture can cause severe damage to bones and surrounding skin, whilst also inflicting a great deal of additional pain and suffering on a patient.
If you have been the victim of an undiagnosed fracture, a solicitor would be pleased to support you in attaining the compensation that is rightfully owed to you. Knowledgeable and experienced clinical negligence solicitors are skilled in securing the maximum possible compensation awards in the swiftest and most professional manner.
What are the most common symptoms of a fracture?
Bone fractures cause severe pain to patients and are often accompanied by a host of other symptoms. If the fracture remains undiagnosed or untreated, the symptoms are likely to increase in severity. Some of the most common symptoms include the following:
- Swelling and bruising over the bone and surrounding area
- Pain that increases when the affected area is moved or touched
- Loss of function and mobility in the affected area
- A deformed appearance in the affected area, such as a lump
If a doctor fails to recognise the above symptoms or does not organise the necessary tests required to correctly diagnose a fractured bone, it may be possible to hold them accountable for your suffering and make a claim for compensation.
How does an undiagnosed fracture occur?
Unfortunately, despite benefitting from one of the best medical services in the world, our national health system is currently more stretched than ever due to an increasing population and budgetary restrictions. Many doctors highlight that resources are becoming increasingly stretched and working hours and pressure on medical staff is increasing. When striving to meet heavy demand, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals can make errors, the results of which can be devastating.
Bone fractures are most often misdiagnosed when inadequate investigations are carried out. This includes a doctor’s failure to organise an x-ray, which would typically be used to confirm a patient’s condition. Sometimes doctors misinterpret the symptoms of a fracture as those of a sprain or a pulled muscle. When this happens, the fracture will be inadequately treated, and the patient is likely to suffer from worsening symptoms and greater levels of pain.
What are the effects of an undiagnosed fracture?
A fracture which is not promptly or correctly diagnosed is likely to cause a significant amount of pain to the patient. Moreover, the symptoms of a fracture are likely to be heightened, and there is an increased risk of additional health problems and complaints. Some of the related or resulting conditions that can be suffered due to an undiagnosed fracture includes:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Compartment Syndrome – a potentially dangerous condition which can lead to the necessity for amputation if not addressed appropriately and swiftly.
- Tenderness and stiffness for a lengthened period of time
- Fat Embolism – another potentially fatal condition if not diagnosed and treated quickly.
- Osteomyelitis – a condition which causes inflamed bones and bone marrow as the result of an infection which can be extremely painful.
Victims of undiagnosed fractures who have subsequently developed additional conditions and extra suffering are encouraged to contact a solicitor in order to initiate a claim for compensation that they are legally entitled to.
How can I prove liability?
For your solicitor to determine who is liable for your suffering, they must fully assess the treatment that you received from the doctors who examined you and misdiagnosed your fracture. Some of the most important considerations that will be made include:
- Did the doctor ask about your symptoms?
- Did the doctor ask about any incidents which might have caused your symptoms such as a fall or accident?
- Did the doctor perform a thorough examination, checking for swelling and tenderness?
- Was an x-ray offered and organised?
- Did the doctor ask you about your medical history and discuss previous accidents that you have suffered?
- Was an MRI or CT scan offered and organised?
- Were you misdiagnosed with an incorrect condition or was no diagnosis provided at all?
Once the solicitor has established the level of care that was offered to you by the medical professional, they will begin to establish whether a breach of the doctor’s duty of care to you had occurred. Once this has been confirmed, the solicitor will be in a strong position to begin negotiating the highest level of compensation they can on your behalf.
How much compensation can I claim for an undiagnosed fracture?
The amount of compensation that is awarded to you will be a reflection of the level of suffering inflicted on you through the negligent action of the doctor. The more severe your symptoms and the greater the negative impact that they have on your life, the more compensation that will be paid to you.
Your injury solicitor will be able to pursue compensation for:
- General damages – the pain and suffering inflicted on you through the medical negligence
- Special damages – the recovery of financial loss through a victim’s inability to work, treatment costs and the impact on overall quality of life.
How can a solicitor help me make a claim?
Your solicitor will be highly experienced in undiagnosed fracture claims, and will have specialist knowledge in this field. Other benefits of using a specialist solicitor to process your claim include:
- No win, no fee service
- A free initial consultation
- Local solicitor available throughout the UK
- Excellent reputation and feedback from previous clients
- Supportive, friendly and welcoming staff
- Home visits if required
If you would like to discuss your case with a friendly and fully trained legal adviser, call free on 0800 678 1410.