It is usually the responsibility of a hospital’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) department to diagnose a patient’s fractures. However, one of the most frequent complaints against hospitals is that they have failed to do just that. If you have suffered a fracture which a hospital has failed to diagnose you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Usually if there is a chance of a fracture an A&E department will do tests and sometimes take x-rays to show whether a fracture has occurred. Sometimes a fracture will not be seen by the doctor and the patient will be sent home diagnosed with a sprain injury and given pain killers.
At other times a patient may not even be x-rayed as their description of the accident and the symptoms they are suffering from do not automatically suggest this is what has been caused. A medical professional has the responsibility of diagnosing you with the correct problem. If they have failed to do so, it is possible you could claim compensation for being a victim of medical negligence.
Effects of Undiagnosed Fractures
Failing to diagnose a fracture can lead to severe, unnecessary pain and can cause incorrect healing to the affected area. This may result in long-term damage to the part of the body where the fracture has occurred.
In more serious case a serious fracture left undiagnosed can result in permanent disability. This is usually because the bones re-grow in the wrong way and cause difficulties for mobility. Other times the patient may need to undergo a more serious operation, which can cause further pain and suffering, as well as anxiety and stress beforehand.
Making a Undiagnosed Fracture Claim for Compensation
If you are suffering from a personal injury after an undiagnosed fracture we may be able to help you make a compensation claim. Undiagnosed fractures claims are extremely complex, as there are a variety of reasons why a hospital may not have picked up the fact that a fracture had occurred. Therefore, obtaining the services of a top medical negligence claims solicitor is the best way of maximising your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
We can offer you free, experienced, professional advice from the moment you call, and there is no obligation to use our service after your initial call. Many of our solicitors also offer a no win no fee agreement for medical negligence cases, meaning you don’t have a penny to pay.