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Missed Fracture And Missed Fractures Compensation Claims Guide – How Much Can I Claim – What To Do Next?

You might assume that if you’d fractured a bone somewhere within the body that you would instantly know it. However, you would still usually go to the doctor or the hospital to have this confirmed. If you are taken into hospital after an accident where you were not sure of your injuries, you could expect that the medical staff would check you for injuries and confirm what injuries you have sustained. But what happens if they miss a fracture?

If you have had a missed fracture or missed fractures, you might be wondering whether you could look into making a missed fracture claim. Within the guide below, we cover many different aspects of making personal injury claims for missed fractures, as well as going through commonly missed fractures, what would happen if you went about your daily life with a missed fracture, such as a missed fracture in the foot, a missed monteggia fracture, or a missed elbow fracture for example. We’ll also explain how you could make a personal injury claim with a personal injury solicitor for missed fracture compensation. If you need any assistance while reading this guide in terms of understanding how the information relates to your specific injuries, you could call us anytime on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, read on to find out all you could need to know about making a missed broken bone claim.

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A Guide To Missed Fracture Compensation Claims

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Missed fracture

When discussing medical negligence, one aspect that could be considered a common occurrence would be the failure to correctly diagnose fractures. Missed fractures or missed broken bones could lead to long-term damage in some cases. This is because in some cases there is only a short window of time for correct diagnosis and treatment to take place in order that proper healing can happen. Whether you have had missed scaphoid fracture symptoms that have been ignored by a doctor or have suffered one of the most commonly missed fractures with imaging, here at Legal Expert, we aim to provide all the information you could need to claim for missed broken bones. Within the sections below, you’ll find details of different missed broken bone types, from commonly missed ankle fractures to commonly missed pediatric fractures, and information about the type of service our experienced and knowledgeable personal injury solicitors could provide. We hope you find this guide informative and useful.

What Is A Missed Bone Fracture?

A missed fracture could be classed as medical negligence. Any healthcare provider has a duty of care towards their patients and if they fail a patient by way of negligence, a claim could be made against them. A missed broken bone could happen for a number of reasons, but it is up to healthcare providers to be able to correctly diagnose and treat you, and if they do not and your broken bone is not spotted, which leads to more pain and suffering for you, or more serious intervention to fix the damage, then you could look into making a missed fracture claim.

Examples Of Bone Fractures

The human body contains a huge number of different bones, over 200 in fact, and a fracture to those bones could cause anything from minor pain to severe issues, especially when it comes to open fractures, as there could be more of a risk of infection with a missed open fracture.

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a crack or a break to a bone. It could be only partial, or it could be a complete break. The bone has the ability to heal itself, but it could be very important to get the right treatment to allow the bone to be kept in the right position to heal correctly.

Causes of fractures

Fractures could be caused by any number of incidents, from car crashes to falling down, to stress on the area or being struck by something. Basically, anything that puts a certain amount of pressure on a bone could cause it to fracture or break.

Types of fractures

A fracture could be open – where there is an open wound – or closed, where the skin covers the break or fracture.

A fracture could also be displaced – where the bone is out of position – or non-displaced where the bone is not out of position.

There are also different descriptions to different types of bone fracture that could include:

Transverse fracture – A fracture which is right across the bone

Spiral fracture – The break line is twisted around the bone

Oblique fracture – A fracture is angled across the bone

Greenstick fracture – A crack just on one side – these are most commonly seen in children

Impacted fracture – fragments of the bone are driven together

Comminuted fracture – Shattered bone into more than 2 pieces

Fracture names

Different fractures have different names. A missed scaphoid fracture would be one that was in the wrist. A missed monteggia fracture would also be in the forearm, as well as a missed Colles’ fracture, which would also be one in the forearm. A missed maisonneuve fracture would be one in the fibula, while a missed orbital fracture would be the bone in the eye socket. Missed occult fractures are those that are said to be hidden. Others might be referred to by the part of the body they occur in, such as:

  • Missed navicular fracture
  • Missed metacarpal fracture
  • Missed femoral neck fracture
  • Missed rib fractures
  • Missed elbow fracture
  • Missed patella fracture
  • Missed pelvic fracture
  • Missed fracture in ankle
  • Missed neck fracture

What Could Cause A Missed Fracture?

There are certain ways in which fractures could be missed, whether these are missed fractures at the emergency department or commonly missed pediatric fractures that could be seen in a children’s unit. Whether the reason for your missed fracture claim is listed here or not, we could still be able to assist with your missed broken bone claim.

  • A doctor has not recognized the injury you have as a fracture
  • The doctor has misinterpreted the imaging. Call us to find out what the most commonly missed fractures with imaging could be – this could include a fracture missed on an MRI or a missed fracture on X-ray.
  • A broken bone that was misdiagnosed as some kind of sprain
  • An X ray that was not carried out correctly – this could lead to a missed ankle fracture on Xray or a missed wrist fracture on Xray because, for example, the wrong angle was x rayed.

What Are The Symptoms Of Commonly Missed Fractures?

Common symptoms for missed fractures include swelling, pain, deformity, and immobility. These could present differently depending on where the broken bone is.

  • Commonly missed foot fractures could lead to symptoms such as being unable to walk or put your foot down properly.
  • Commonly missed fractures to the hand could lead to an inability to make a fist, for example.
  • Commonly missed ankle fractures could lead you not to be able to bear weight, for example.
  • A missed fracture on the neck of the femur could lead to stiffness, pain and the inability to bear weight

If your pain and swelling and immobility or deformity fails to respond to rest, if you have been told that you only have a sprain, you could be wise to get a second opinion as to whether you might have suffered missed fracture negligence.

How Often Are Fractures Misdiagnosed Or Undiagnosed?

The British Medical Journal revealed in the early 2000s that 80 percent of the diagnostic errors in the participating emergency departments in their study were because of missed broken bones. The main reasons for the error were failure to perform an X-ray (13%), and that fractures were missed on Xrays (78%).

Examples Of Commonly Missed Fractures

If you’re interested in finding out which are the most common broken bones leading missed fractures, we have listed these below:

  • Missed hand fractures – 23 percent
  • Missed wrist fractures – 17 percent
  • Missed ankle fractures – 17 percent
  • Missed foot fractures – 10 percent
  • Missed elbow fractures – 8 percent
  • Missed hip fractures – 5 percent
  • Missed knee fractures – 5 percent
  • Missed shoulder fractures – 4 percent
  • Other missed fractures – 12 percent

Complications Which Could Be Caused By A Fracture Being Misdiagnosed

If a broken bone was not diagnosed or treated correctly, it could lead to some complications. Some of these are more serious than others which could lead to a larger missed fracture compensation amount, but all could potentially lead to missed broken bone compensation if negligence were involved:

  • DVT – Clots that form within deeper veins within the body. This could be formed because of a broken bone. This could be a life-threatening condition if it is not caught and treated accordingly.
  • Compartment syndrome (acute) – This is described as swelling or bleeding within muscles in an enclosed group. It requires quick treatment to avoid muscle damage (permanent) or even an amputation should an infection develop.
  • Necrosis (Acvascular) – If there is not enough blood supply to the bone, because blood vessels have been damaged because of the fracture, the bone can ‘die’ and this could also destroy surrounding joints.
  • Osteomyelitis – This is a bone infection that could be caused by bacteria at the site of the broken bone. It could in extreme cases lead to amputation, especially if gangrene occurs.
  • Embolism of fat – If the body releases bone fat particles and they get into the bloodsteam, this could restrict the oxygen supply to vital organs.
  • If a bone is misaligned during healing, then arthritis, disability or long-term stiffness of a joint could also occur.

Treating A Break Or Fracture

There are various ways a fracture could be treated. Depending on the location and severity of the break, treatment could range from painkillers, a splint or a plaster cast, to more complex treatments involving plates and pins, which would require surgery.

NHS Patient Rights

If you are seeing your GP about an injury, then you have the right to see a competent doctor who can deal with your case. If your GP refers you to someone for a second opinion, you are not allowed to insist on a particular person. But, you could ask not to be referred to someone that you don’t wish to see. If your GP isn’t sure about what your diagnosis is and does not refer you to someone else who could help, and your condition worsens, then it could be found that they are negligent.

If you are visiting accident and emergency because of a potential fracture, you also have rights:

  • You should have an immediate assessment
  • You should be examined and treated, discharged or admitted within 4 hours
  • Your treatment should meet government standards of care
  • You have the right to complain

If you have had a missed fracture, this could render your medical provider negligent, whether they have x rayed incorrectly, or missed a clear sign on an Xray, or failed to x-ray at all. Should you have suffered in this manner, then why not get in contact with us here at Legal Expert, where we could provide you with the assistance you need to make a missed broken bone compensation claim.

What Compensation Could I Claim If My Fracture Was Misdiagnosed?

If you have suffered a missed broken bone, you could be compensated for the physical suffering and pain you have endured, as well as the toll that this missed fracture has had on your mental health. But, you could also claim for special damages too, which could include costs such as medical expenses, travel expenses and loss of earnings, as well as care costs if you had to have someone care for you, helping with day to day tasks such as getting dressed etc.

If you’ve incurred a cost directly because of the negligence you’ve faced in your missed fracture claim, you could speak to your personal injury lawyer to see if it would be possible to include it in your claim.

Missed Fracture Medical Negligence Personal Injury Claim Calculator

Are you looking for how much of a missed fracture compensation amount you could be looking to receive? If so, the below alternative to a personal injury claims calculator could be useful. We have taken some information from the Judicial College’s guidelines, to give you some potential compensation amounts for commonly missed fractures, and commonly missed broken bones.

Fractured ankleFractures Ð less serious disability. You may have difficulty walking on levels that are not even, or trouble standing for a long time£12,050 - £23,310
Colles fractureUncomplexAround £6,510
Fractures to fingersIf these lead to amputations (partial) and/or could result in grip impairment or deformityUp to £32,210
Index finger fractureQuickly mended but grip impaired Ð osteoarthritis could occur£7,990 - £10,730
Fractured LegIncomplete recovery, where metal implant has been required and limp remains£15,750 - £24,340
Fractured LegSimple fracture to femur. No articular surface damage£7,990 -£12,350
Fractured LegEntends to the knee joint. This could cause permanent limitation of movement and pain£45,700 - £61,140
Foot fracturePermanent deformity, symptoms would continue£12,050 - £21,910
Metatarsal fracturesSimple. Higher end of bracket would result in some continuing symptomsUp to £12,050
Fracture to facial bonesLeaving some permanent deformity£13,080 - £21,000
Displaced nasal fractureRequiring surgery to correct£3,460 - £4,470
Nasal fractureMultiple or serious. Leads to permanent damage to airway and/or function of nose and/or deformity£9,330 - £20,280

Please do keep in mind we would not be able to fit every broken bone compensation amount here, so if you’d like to know more about a specific injury, we could give you that information over the phone.

No Win No Fee Missed Fracture Compensation Claims

Whether you’ve suffered a missed orbital fracture, a missed patella fracture, a missed metatarsal fracture or a missed open fracture, you may have been required to take time off work in recovery. This could mean you don’t receive your full wage. This could put people off claiming for missed broken bone compensation as they may think they would have to find money to give to their medical negligence lawyer before their claim could begin. However, this is not the case with no win no fee claimants. They do not need money upfront as a no win no fee lawyer doesn’t require payment until missed fracture compensation has been paid out. Your missed broken bone claim could be started quickly and without any money changing hands to start with. You would agree the percentage of compensation your lawyer would get beforehand, and once the settlement is through, only then would they receive the percentage you’d agreed on. For more information on this type of claim, do get in touch – we’d be happy to talk you through it in more detail.

Why Choose Legal Expert To Handle Your Misdiagnosis Claim?

We believe we offer a service that truly puts the most important person – you – first. When it comes to making a missed broken bone compensation claim, we know you could want some or all of the legal jargon broken down into plain English. We could do that for you. Should you want telephone advice on the personal injury claims time limit for your claim, we could help with that too. If you want to know more about no win no fee we would be only too happy to go over the process with you, and if you want to make a claim we could provide you with an expert solicitor with years of experience to fight your claim for you. Whatever you want, we are listening and we are ready to help. This is your life, and your claim and here at Legal Expert, we keep this in mind at every step of your personal injury claim.

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Whether you had a fracture missed on MRI, or you suffered a missed fractures by the emergency department letting you go without checking you properly, you could find a personal injury lawyer through Legal Expert that has experience in fighting claims just like yours, whether you are claiming for a missed metatarsal fracture, or looking for missed scaphoid fracture compensation. A personal injury solicitor with experience in making a missed broken bone claim, whether one of the commonly missed broken bones, or an uncommon missed fracture on X-ray, could help you in gaining the maximum amount of missed fracture compensation possible for your missed fracture claim.

All you need to do to find out whether you have a claim would be to call our team. Here at Legal Expert, we will do all that we can to listen, reassure, support and advise you – all without obligation to use our service. Although we would be very glad to help you go ahead and take the first step towards claiming missed broken bone compensation, we would never push you into making a claim. Call 0800 073 8804 and speak to a Legal Expert advisor today and we are sure you will be glad you did.

References And Related Medical Claims Guides

What are your choices with the NHS – Here is the NHS guide to choices you have as a patient.

Have I broken a bone? – The NHS guide on broken bones.

Information about broken arms and wrists – Here you can see some information on broken arms or wrists.

Was your broken bone caused by a work accident? – If so, this guide could assist.

Broken femur case study – Here is some information regarding a broken femur claim.

Did you break a bone in a scaffolding accident – See this guide for information on claiming.

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