Professional, specialist legal advice in the event of a missed fracture
A missed fracture can cause further complications, increase recovery time and leave you needing further treatment. If you've experienced complications as a result of a missed fracture and feel that it should have been avoided, you may be able to claim for compensation. Contact us for impartial, specialist advice to help you determine whether or not you have a valid claim.
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How do fractures get overlooked by medical professionals?
When bones are fractured, they need to be treated so that the injury can heal properly and as quickly as possible. More pain can occur if the fracture is not properly diagnosed, and further damage can occur. Your GP or healthcare professional has a responsibility for your diagnosis and treatment.
A fracture may be misdiagnosed due to incorrect x-ray readings, miscommunication about the x-ray results, failure to pass the information on to a doctor or even failing to request an x-ray altogether. A mistake such as these could mean you have grounds for a medical negligence claim.
How do I know if I have experienced a missed fracture?
There are various symptoms of a missed fracture which you may have experienced, such as:
- Bruising of the fractured area
- Significant swelling
- A numb sensation or pain
These are some of the common indications that you may have a missed fracture and need to see another medical professional.
When can I make a missed fracture claim?
In most cases, missed fracture claims need to be made within three years from when you either suffered negligent care, or three years from when you first discovered your injury. However, this time restriction can vary depending on the circumstances of your case. For example, when making a claim for a child, the three year time restriction begins after the child turn 18 years old. Likewise, someone who lacks mental capacity and cannot make a claim on their own may also be exempt from the restriction.
A successful compensation claim can help you to pay for any ongoing or further treatment that may be required to rectify the mistakes that were made. It can also fund any other kind of rehabilitation or recovery that you need.
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How are missed fracture claims funded?
There are various options for funding missed fracture claims. Many of our cases are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements, (also called a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement). In a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will only pay for our solicitors’ work if we win the case for you. In very limited cases we can offer advice for free thanks to Legal Aid funding. Our solicitors can review and discuss your funding options and help you decide the best route to take.
How can Switalskis help me?
Our experienced medical negligence solicitors are at hand to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the whole process. No matter where the misdiagnosed fracture is on the body, it can cause serious problems, so it is important to get in touch with our lawyers as soon as possible.
Our team includes solicitors who are accredited as specialists by both The Law Society and the patients’ charity, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). We are also recognised as being among the top Clinical Negligence teams in England by the Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.