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Fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis claims - Introduction

Bone fractures are extremely serious injuries, and should be treated as a major trauma. Despite this, the medical profession is frequently negligent in bone fracture diagnosis

Anyone who has experienced a break will know just how painful they can be. If not dealt with correctly, fractures can worsen and painful complication can occur such as arthritis and infections

A&E departments have state of the art X-ray technology at their disposal to help them identify breaks and fractures. Once diagnosed doctors will then stabilise the injury so that the bones can heal.

Why are scaphoid injuries so frequently missed and what can be done when they are?

The scaphoid is one of your hand's smaller bones, located just under the thumb and forming part of your wrist. This little piece of bone is protected by surrounding tissues, but a high impact injury such as a fall can cause a fracture. Goalkeepers are especially prone to this injury.

Scaphoid fractures are often unidentifiable on an X-ray until a week or so after the injury, due to swelling around the bone. As a result, they can go undetected if proper A&E procedures are not followed.

If a scaphoid break is suspected, medical staff should take the following action:

  • Give the wrist a full examination and locate the pain site
  • X-ray the injury from all angles
  • Place the wrist and thumb in a secure splint
  • Repeat X-rays within two weeks of the injury

It is critical that the above procedure is followed in the event of a scaphoid break to avoid further complications like persistent pain and arthritis.

Scaphoid injuries can affect your ability to work

Time off work might be required, and some may even find themselves unable to continue in their job due to an untreated scaphoid injury. There might also be a need for surgery to correct the problem. Not taking the above action to identify a scaphoid break could well amount to medical negligence.

If you feel that your own scaphoid injury was treated in the wrong way and if you've experienced problems because of it, you need to speak with an experienced solicitor and get advice. You could be entitled to compensation to cover your loss of earnings and other incurred costs.

For more information or discuss a medical negligence claim, call Quittance on 0800 612 7456 or alternatively start a claim online.

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