Missed Scaphoid Fracture Claims

Missed scaphoid fractures should not happen if proven medical processes are followed correctly. Unfortunately, fracture misdiagnosis remains a common occurrence and injured patients are often discharged, leading to long-term complications.

If you have suffered because of a misdiagnosis, get in touch or call 0191 5666 500 and start your missed scaphoid fracture compensation claim today!

Do you suffer from pain, tenderness or stiffness in your wrist? Is it sometimes swollen? Do you have a reduced grip?

In the majority of missed Scaphoid fractures, the people in pain do not know their problems are being caused by a common complaint. They often think they have a sprained wrist. But unless it is diagnosed quickly, a fracture of the scaphoid can cause damaging long-term effects, including arthritis and lack of mobility.

If you have suffered because of a missed scaphoid fracture, or a fracture misdiagnosis, our medical negligence solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.

To discuss your concerns, get in touch or call 0191 5666 500 for a free initial consultation. There is no obligation to start a claim and any information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Common missed Scaphoid fracture symptoms

Located in the wrist, near the base of the thumb, the Scaphoid bone often fractures when people fall on to an outstretched hand, usually because the impact forces the hand and wrist back.

Unfortunately, because the bone is inside the joint, Scaphoid fractures are often missed or misdiagnosed as there is no visible injury or lack a tell-tale sign like swelling. That’s why medical professionals are meant to follow the X-ray guidelines which are in place, to prevent more serious difficulties from arising in future.

But the longer a missed scaphoid fracture goes undiagnosed, and without appropriate treatment, the more likely you are to suffer greater damage, possibly on a permanent basis.

Some common missed scaphoid fracture symptoms include:

  • Pain when using a backwards or sideways thumb movement
  • Pain on the thumb side of the wrist & around the base
  • Bruising or discoloration from base of the thumb
  • Limited range of motion in the wrist or thumb
  • Tenderness over the Scaphoid bone
  • Swelling around the wrist area
  • Weaker grip than usual

Why would a Scaphoid fracture be missed?

Scaphoid fractures are not hard to diagnose if an X-ray is carried out and correctly assessed, but they can be missed if the correct processes are not followed.

Sometimes when a Scaphoid fracture has occurred, a patient might be mistakenly diagnosed with a sprain. But there are many other reasons why a fracture can be missed.

  • Failure to X-Ray wrist at the time of initial presentation
  • X-ray not offered as symptoms not typical of a fracture
  • Report on X-ray not passed to doctor for further action
  • Inexperienced doctor may not request an X-ray
  • Radiologist may miss fracture on X-ray
  • Incorrect opinion formed after X-ray
  • Fracture difficult to see on X-ray

Our approach to Missed Scaphoid Fracture Claims

To successfully make a missed Scaphoid fracture claim, we need to prove the people responsible for your medical care failed to act reasonably when assessing the injury.

By adopting a hand-holding approach, we can compassionately guide you through the process and explain all the available options.

  • A free no-obligation case discussion with our expert Solicitors
  • Analyse case details and work out if you have a strong claim
  • Explain ways to fund case – including No Win, No Fee option
  • Gather evidence & ensure case is as strong as possible
  • Review medical records, witness statements & medical experts
  • Give you the best chance to secure maximum compensation
  • Negotiate and try to agree a settlement outside of court

No Win, No Fee Scaphoid Fracture Claims Explained

To provide affordable access to justice, many of the medical negligence cases we handle are funded by a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement.

Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA, this means you won’t have to pay a penny if you lose your case. If you win, your opponent will usually need to cover most of your legal costs, though you will need to pay a success fee from the compensation.

If your Missed Scaphoid Fracture Claim is not successful, you won’t pay a penny. In effect, it means we share the risk with you, as we only get paid if you win.

This isn’t the only way to fund a case and all other methods will be explained before you decide whether to pursue a claim.

Arrange a free consultation with our expert Solicitors – call 0191 5666500 today!

Based in Sunderland – trusted across the North East & UK

If you’d like to utilise the experience and expertise of our clinical negligence solicitors, we would love to help gain justice for the unnecessary pain and suffering your injury has caused.

From our head office in central Sunderland (a stone’s throw from the train station), we can quickly travel to anywhere in the North East. We also represent people from across the UK, many of whom have been referred by previously successful clients.

Assess the seriousness of your scaphoid fracture claim and get in touch for a free discussion, either in person or via a telephone conference or video call. You will not be obliged to start a claim and we will treat any information in the strictest confidence.

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