What is a Missed Fracture Claim?
The fracturing of bones such as leg, foot or wrist fractures are very common injuries sustained, and due to the volume of these injuries, in many cases 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, and when they do can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering.
The most common ways a medical professional may miss a fracture are:
- 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
The most common types of fractures are:
- Clavicle fracture (collarbone)
- Forearm fracture (radius and ulna)
- Ankle fracture
- Wrist fracture
- Hip fracture
Am I Entitled To Missed Fracture Compensation?
Fractures in general can be difficult for medical professionals to diagnose, however if your doctor has failed to catch it at the first instance, this can lead to a delay in you receiving the necessary treatment to get on the road to 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 can claim for medical negligence.
Our team of missed fracture compensation experts at Medical Negligence Solutions have over 25 years experience in winning compensation on claims of this nature for our clients.
For your free consultation about making a missed fracture claim, speak to us today, a member of a friendly legal team will be more than happy to help.
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.
Will I need to go to court?
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.