What is a Missed Fracture Claim?

Missed fractures can have serious, long-term repercussions for the patient, which can be due to medical negligence.

The fracturing of bones such as leg, foot or wrist fractures are very common injuries and due to the volume of these injuries, your doctor or medical professional may overlook them or misdiagnose them as something else entirely.

Of course, medical professionals will strive to ensure fractures are correctly diagnosed, but mistakes still happen, leading to unnecessary pain and suffering.

What are the most common missed fractures?

There are some types of fractures which, due to their nature, are more commonly missed my medical professionals.

The most common fractures are:

  • Clavicle fractures (collarbone)
  • Forearm fractures (radius and ulna)
  • Ankle fractures
  • Wrist fractures / Scaphoid fractures
  • Hip fractures

When may a fracture get missed?

There are some more common reasons a fracture may get missed.

Fractures are most commonly missed due to:

  • Failure to spot the fracture on an X-ray
  • An X-ray not being offered due to the symptoms of the injury
  • Inexperience leading to the medical professional not requesting an X-ray
  • The results of the X-ray were not passed on to the doctor

If your medical professional acted in any of the above ways, you may be entitled to compensation.

The impact of a missed fracture

Generally, fractures can be difficult for medical professionals to identify and diagnose and this may not always be considered negligent.

However, if your doctor has failed to spot it in the first instance, this can lead to delayed treatment and impede your recovery.

You may be required to receive further invasive treatment that would not have been necessary if the missed fracture was correctly identified upon your initial examination. 

Because of this, you will likely have to take more time to recover, meaning you may have suffered from more pain, and had your work and home life unnecessarily disturbed.

If you believe your doctor or a medical professional has missed a fracture, such as a scaphoid fracture, wrist fracture or ankle fracture, which has led to further suffering and avoidable treatment, you could claim for medical negligence.

Medical negligence experts

Our team are missed fracture compensation experts with over 25 years of experience in winning claims of this nature.

If you believe you have been the victim to medical negligence, we encourage you to get in touch to find out more about your options and how Medical Negligence Solutions can assist you.

We offer a free 30-minute consultation where a member of our friendly legal team can advise you on your best course of action.

Call us on 0300 303 3634, fill in our simple online form, or email enquiries@medicalnegligencesolutions.co.uk.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a time limit for bringing a compensation claim?

Yes, there is. In general, the time limit is 3 years from the date of the negligent treatment. If you were initially unaware that there was negligence at play, the 3 year time limit will apply from the date you first became aware that you suffered a significant injury and that injury was due to the defendant’s negligence. In practice, this means a claim form must be issued at Court to commence proceedings within 3 years of the negligent act or knowledge of the negligence.

In 97% of cases, medical negligence claims are settled before going to trial. However, in the unlikely event that you are required to go to court, we will be there to support you every step of the way.