If you’ve suffered due to a missed fracture, we can help
Suffering from a fracture can be very painful and can leave you unable to get on with your day-to-day life. After an injury, the least you deserve is a high standard of medical treatment and care to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
Most doctors and medical professionals provide an excellent service. Unfortunately, negligence and mistakes do sometimes happen, and this can lead to long-lasting injuries.
If you’ve fractured a bone but it’s been missed by your doctor, then this can cause your fracture to become worse. In some cases, delayed or incorrect treatment for a fracture can even cause osteoarthritis or infections.
At the very least, a missed fracture is likely to have caused you unnecessary pain. But it may also have had an impact on your finances, especially if you’ve had to pay for treatment or medication to put it right.
We’re here to help – you can get in touch with us for free, impartial advice on 0800 376 0150. We’ll be able to answer your questions and let you know whether you can claim, with no rush or pressure to take the next steps.
Can you make a missed fracture claim?
We know how difficult it can be to know whether you could claim for a missed fracture. The best way to find out is to get in touch with us, or arrange a call back.
Our advisors are legally trained – they’ll listen to everything you say about your injury and can then let you know if you’re able to claim.
Generally, we’re able to help you make a claim if the negligent treatment caused your fracture or symptoms to get worse. All medical staff have a ‘duty of care’ to treat you to the best of their ability, and without causing you further harm.
You can usually claim within three years of your injury, or within three years of realising your injury was made worse by the treatment you were given.
Causes of missed fractures
There are many ways fractures can be missed. We’ve listed some examples below, but please don’t worry if your experience isn’t mentioned here – we may still be able to help you.
- Doctors failing to recognise your injury as a fracture
- Misinterpretation of x-ray results
- An x-ray being carried out incorrectly – for example, taking the x-ray from the wrong angle can make it difficult to notice a fracture
- A fracture diagnosed as a strain or sprain instead
How compensation can help
If your fracture has been missed, you may have had to undergo more medical treatment to put it right. This can be expensive, especially if you payed for private treatment.
Other costs, such as travel to and from hospital, and accommodation for friends and family, can add to the financial pressure.
Our specialist solicitors will take all the costs and impacts of your injury into consideration when putting together your claim, and they’ll work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you need to get things back to how they were.
For example, they’ll consider:
- Lost earnings from time taken off work
- The effect your injury has had on your family
- Any social activities or hobbies you missed out on because of your injury
- Any medication costs, private medical treatment or adaptations to your home
- Travel and accommodation costs
In some cases, missed fractures can cause long-lasting complications – your range of movement may be affected or a bone may heal in the wrong position if not treated correctly. Your compensation can also help to cover the future impacts of your injury.
To find out whether you can make a claim, get in touch with us for free impartial advice on 0800 376 0150.