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Hospital Misdiagnosis of Fracture Can Lead to Clinical Negligence Claims.
Fracture can occur in any part of the body. Medical negligence or clinical negligence occurs when a doctor or any other medical specialist handles the case carelessly of the injury too complex to be recognized at an early stage. Most commonly overlooked fractures include spine, shoulder, skull, jaw, legs, arms, ribs, ankles, foot, humerus, wrist, elbow and hip. This misdiagnosis can lead to clinical negligence claims.
Misdiagnosis may include wrong diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to recognize symptoms of the problem at early stage. Patient’s negligence and carelessness can also become cause of injury or it may lead to critical situation.
Minor fractures may heal with time without special treatment but for major fractures need proper examination and might lead to surgeries.
Causes of Misdiagnosis:
Lack of skill of medical professional
Patient unable to explain the symptoms or injury
Doctor unable to witness symptoms of injury or it was not clearly evident
Patient overlooked pain after diagnosis and it led the injury to aggravate
Improper angle of scanning
Misinterpretation of scan results
Doctors missed to ask for required Scans
Doctor asked for wrong type of scanning
Scan was not properly examined
Inexperienced scanning technician
Less training and poor supervision of junior doctors and technicians
Error in test results
Results of misdiagnosed Fractures:
Permanent or temporary disability
Less mobility of body
Claims for misdiagnosis/ clinical negligence claims :
Time limits of claims:
Every negligence claim has a time limit associated with it and one cannot make a claim after that. For most of the injuries the time limit is of 3 years after the treatment. So, it is important to contact medical malpractice lawyer/ medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible.
Nature and extent of injury:
Medical negligence claims can vary according to the nature of Injuries. some are severe, some moderate and some minor. Injury may be temporary which sometimes heals with time or it may be permanent which will affect patient’s life forever. To make a claim you must think of the damages occurred from a financial point of view. A person may not be able to continue his job. Victim may have to pay travel expenses, medical expenses, house adjustments, equipment expenses and so on. All these factors are considered while making a claim.
If you are not familiar to lawsuit and are confused whether you are eligible to make a claim or not, you should take an expert’s help. Many of them offer “NO WIN NO FEE” agreements. Which is best suited for you if you want to avoid any financial risks. In no win no fee rule, if you win the case you will have to pay fee to your solicitor. If you lose you will not have to pay any fee to your solicitor.