Suffering from a broken bone is painful but also inconvenient as there is a real chance you will face a long wait in Accident and Emergency to have an X-ray, be assessed and then attend the fracture clinic to have your plaster fitted.
However, if your fracture is missed, you may be faced with more complicated issues and possibly even long terms effects. But how can fractures be missed?
If a doctor examines you and tells you that you have a sprain or a soft tissue injury they may not request an X-ray. You will be sent home and told that your injury will improve over the next few days. However, if you have a fracture, this will not get better without medical intervention.
You may actually have an x-ray where no fracture is spotted, but when your injury does not improve and you are x-rayed again, the fracture is visible.
It is difficult to understand how this type of diagnosis can be missed, especially since x-rays are fantastic diagnostic tool, but we all know that NHS staff are expected to do more for less and are under a great deal of pressure because of financial constraints and staff shortages.
So what can you do if your fracture has been missed and what does the delay in treatment mean for your recovery?
There is a real possibility that your fracture will need extra attention as a result of being left untreated for a number of days. You may require a full length cast for a longer length of time and perhaps even surgery to pin the fracture in place. You may also suffer from long term chronic pain or osteoarthritis.
If your fracture was missed, you should talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor who will be able to offer you advice about whether you can claim compensation.
In order to prove medical negligence, you need to be able to show that you were given substandard care and as a result of that care, you were injured.
It is important that you take advice as soon as possible because there are time limits in place for medical negligence claims, and if missed, you will not be able to make a claim, even if the hospital was negligent.
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