Fractures, or broken bones, are a common medical issue. Most patients suffering from a fracture in the UK receive an excellent level of care, with a quick diagnosis and treatment delivery. However, some of those affected are misdiagnosed when they visit their GP or A&E, resulting in vital treatment being postponed.
Often, factors such as insufficient access to a patient’s scans or inadequate interpretation of x-rays are to blame for undiagnosed or misdiagnosed fractures. The circumstances surrounding the injury can also cause issues. For instance, if an older person suffers a spinal fracture during a fall at home, their symptoms might be misinterpreted as evidence of a stroke or other head injury, which would prevent them from receiving proper treatment.
An undiagnosed fracture doesn’t only prolong the pain experienced but can also lead to complications being more likely and progressing further. While rare, delay in fracture diagnosis complications can be severe and lead to life-changing effects and, in some case, can lead to amputations or even be fatal. If you’ve been affected by medical negligence when you had broken a bone it’s right that you should be able to hold those at fault to account. The legal system can provide you with a route to not only get the answers that you deserve but receive financial compensation too.
If you’re interested in taking your fracture misdiagnosis claim further, we’re here to offer you the support and guidance you need. We have experience investigating medical negligence cases and representing those affected, including when cases have gone to court. We work on the behalf of all our clients to ensure the best outcome possible in each of their cases.