Bone breaks and fractures are a common injury and should be diagnosed promptly if the correct investigations are carried out. It is therefore even more frustrating when these types of injuries are not correctly diagnosed or worse if they are missed altogether.
Compensation claims normally arise from a GP or Accident & Emergency doctor failing to refer a patient for a scan. Negligence can also arise when a scan, x-ray or radiograph is carried out but an injury is missed by the radiologist or professional reading the scan.
A missed diagnosis of a break or a fracture can have serious long term consequences for a patient and can cause ongoing problems such as:
- reduced mobility, strength and ability to weight bear
- bone deformity upon healing
- chronic pain
- osteoporosis and/or arthritis
- the need for corrective surgery which wouldn’t have been needed in the first instance.
If you would like to discuss making a Orthopaedic negligence compensation claim please call a member of our Clinical and Medical Negligence team on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.