If a fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis has set you back, we'll help you move forward

A misdiagnosed fractured scaphoid can lead to improper healing and loss of wrist function, with compensation claims typically including the cost of reconstructive surgery and long-term rehabilitation.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis, we can help. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, midwife or other medical professional, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.

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    You are not alone

    Bone fractures are 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 376 1001 or alternatively start a claim online.

    Do I have a fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis claim?

    To claim compensation for medical negligence, your solicitor must prove that:

    • the care provided to you was below the acceptable standard, and
    • this inadequate care resulted in your harm.

    Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.

    How long do I have to claim fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis compensation?

    For a fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis claim, you usually have 3 years to make a claim from the date you became aware of the negligent treatment (date of knowledge).

    If you are under 18, a parent, guardian or adult 'litigation friend' can make a claim on your behalf. Once you turn 18, you have until your 21st birthday to start a clinical negligence claim.

    How much compensation can I claim for a fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis?

    The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

    • the seriousness of your injury, and
    • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

    At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

    Fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis compensation calculator

    Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

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    General damages

    General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

    Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

    How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

    Special damages

    Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred because of your accident. In addition to paying for loss of earnings (including future earnings loss and retraining costs), special damages can cover any care costs and medical procedures you need, such as surgical repair, pain medication and physical therapy.

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    A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

    Clinical negligence claims

    Fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis is usually categorised as clinical negligence. Click on the icon below for more information.

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    With no win, no fee, you can claim fractured scaphoid misdiagnosis compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

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