Being rushed into a hospital’s accident and emergency department following a road traffic accident or a slip, trip or fall is meant to ensure any injuries sustained during such accidents are diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. Occasionally, however, inadequate examinations result in missed fractures, which could have long-lasting effects on your injury.
Reasons for inadequate examinations
A & E departments are busy at the best of times, but there are times when an increased influx of people requiring emergency treatment puts medical personnel under immense pressure. Trying to help every patient as quickly as possible can all too easily result in inadequate examinations and missed or wrongly diagnosed problems. The risk of this happening is increased near the end of a long, busy shift, when staff members are fatigued.
Consequences of missed fractures
Unless a fracture is blatantly obvious, it could be missed because of inadequate examinations. Consequences of missed fractures can range from minor inconvenience and pain to severe long-term problems, chronic functional limitation and/or the need for complex surgery that may not have been required had the fracture been diagnosed straight away. Undiagnosed skull, neck or spinal fractures could lead to paralysis or even death.
Affected by an inadequate examination?
As mentioned above, hospitals have emergency departments to ensure accident victims can be treated quickly and effectively as soon after their injury as possible. If you were injured by a slipping or a car accident and a fracture was missed due to inadequate examinations, you could be entitled to claim for compensation.
When to claim
Claims for compensation must be initiated within three years of an injury being sustained or diagnosed. In the case of someone suffering from the consequences of a missed fracture, this would be from the date the fracture was diagnosed and linked to the original accident causing it. Evidence to show that the fracture was sustained during an earlier accident and was missed to begin with must be provided to support such a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our nationwide legal team has over 16 years’ experience in helping people get compensation for inadequate or wrongly performed examinations. This enables us to quickly gather all necessary evidence to support your claim and bring your claim to a conclusion in a fast, efficient and hassle-free manner. If you believe you may be eligible to claim, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 (from a UK landline) or 0333 500 0993 (from a mobile) now.
Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice