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Misdiagnosed Fractures

A&E departments deal with fractures everyday, and are well-equipped to both diagnose and treat a fracture in a timely fashion. The last thing anyone would consider is that they leave hospital with an undetected (and untreated) fracture. Unfortunately, however, this does happen. This article explores why a fracture may go undetected, the possible consequences, and whether or not this amounts to medical negligence.

How Can A Fracture Go Undetected?

Fractures are a common injury which medical professionals can readily diagnose. Indeed, doctors must simply note whether a patient has recently experienced some form of physical trauma (such as a fall or a sporting accident) before performing a physical examination. If a fracture has occurred, the following symptoms will be evident:-

  • Localised pain;
  • Swelling;
  • Bleeding;
  • Dislocation;
  • Numbness;
  • Paralysis.

If a fracture is suspected, then a firm diagnosis can be made with an x-ray.

However, there are times when a fracture goes undetected. This often happens for one of two reasons:-

1. The hospital fails to carry out an x-ray;

2. An x-ray is performed but the fracture is still not spotted, even after the image is examined by medical professionals.

Untreated Fractures What Are The Consequences?

If someone sustains a fracture but it is left untreated, then there are likely to be a number of serious consequences. Not only will there be a continued period of pain and suffering, but it is possible the fracture will heal incorrectly. If this happens, it may be necessary for the patient to have an operation to reposition the bone.

It is important to note, however, that occasionally fractures are deliberately left untreated. For example, fractures to small bones (such as toes) do not need medical intervention, as they will heal on their own. Nevertheless, there are cases in which a hospital has taken the decision to leave a fracture untreated, only for a patient to suffer further complications.

Making A Medical Negligence Claim

If you have suffered due to a misdiagnosed fracture, you could be entitled to make a medical negligence claim. This may happen because the fracture was undetected or misdiagnosed. Or it may be that a fracture was deliberately left untreated, when in fact action should have been taken.

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