There are two hurdles to proving a medical negligence case. The first is breach of duty, so did a doctor breach their duty of care to you, and the second is causation of injury, so as a result of the breach of duty have you suffered a injury.
A common negligence claim is a missed scaphoid fracture. The scaphoid bone is a small bone is in your wrist and it is often fractured by falling on an outstretched hand. The test for that fracture is quite simple, and if it is positive, then the wrist would be immobilised in plaster and you should have a full and good recovery.
We often have clients coming to us where that test hasn’t been done, and they haven’t had treatment at that point, which has resulted in painful surgery, bone grafting, and ongoing pain and suffering that can go on indefinitely.
If you think you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, for example a missed scaphoid fracture, what we do is request your medical records and review them. We then get an expert in that area, for example an orthopaedic surgeon, to prepare a report on breach of duty and causation and then your current condition and future prognosis.
So, if you think you’ve suffered sub-standard care, then please do give us a call and we can discuss it further.