What are the symptoms of fractures and how might they be missed?
Normal symptoms of fractures are swelling and bruising in and around the effected area and obvious deformity of the broken / fractured limb, however sometimes a fracture might be misdiagnosed or there may be a complete failure to diagnose.
Below are some ways this could happen
- A lack of swelling and lack of more common symptoms leading to a doctor identifying a fracture as a pulled muscle.
- Doctors failing to investigate
- Incorrect procedures during X-Rays leading to fractures being missed.
- X-Ray results being misread / misinterpreted
- Results from your x-ray not being dealt with in good time or failure to communicate the results for further action / treatment
Missed Fracture Consequences & Complications
- Compartment Syndrome – is a medical emergency caused by bleeding or swelling within a bundle (compartment) of muscles. This can result in permanent damage or amputation if not treated quickly.
- Fat Embolism – can also result in death if not diagnosed and treated promptly
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Nonunion (permanent failure of bone healing) or mal-union (when the bone has heals in a twisted, bent or other abnormal position) as a delayed fracture complication
- Oestomyelitis (bone infection) or vascular necrosis (death of the bone)
- Joint stiffness and tenderness long term
Making A Missed Fracture Diagnosis Claim
If you have fallen victim and might be due compensation please contact one of our specialists solicitors on 0844 484 7774 to discuss your claim for negligence. We guarantee that, if you claim is unsuccessful, you will pay nothing. All missed fracture claims are on a no win, no fee basis.