Undiagnosed Bone Fractures
Undiagnosed fractures are the most commonly missed injuries in A&E in England and Wales. In 2002 the British Medical journal published a study that showed junior doctors can miss up to 39% of fractures on x-rays every year. Failure to recognise a fracture and treat it properly can lead to pain, further surgery and in some cases, disabilities.
You may have suffered negligence if:
- You weren't diagnosed with a fracture
- You weren't referred to an orthopaedic specialist
- You have had to have further surgery on a bone that has healed in the wrong position
- Your x-ray was read incorrectly
What are the symptoms of a missed fracture?
- Weak pulse below the fracture
Most likely to be missed?
- Hairline fracture – this appears as a fine line on an x-ray and is easily overlooked
- A hidden bone – fractures to the small bone in the wrist near the thumb is commonly missed.
How can we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. The treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
However, when someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
Find out more about negligence in our Advice Centre
If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210 where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.