The scaphoid bone is situated around the wrist area and is one of the most common bones to fracture. The injury is usually caused when someone falls and outstretches the hand to save themselves and it can be a very painful injury. It is also quite difficult to diagnose, but the first step is to take an X-ray of the hand to ensure that the hand is not simply sprained. It may be difficult to see the injury with an X-ray, so further examination is often needed.
Treatment for the injury depends on the type of fracture and its location, but a cast is usually applied. In some cases, surgery may be necessary if the fracture is more serious. As it is possible to miss the fracture depending on its location, patients may have to go through a series of tests and X-rays in order to rule out any strains or sprains on the wrist. This could mean that a patient is left undiagnosed for a while, but it is not normally a case for negligence. If you are left undiagnosed because you feel that you have not been examined thoroughly enough, then you may have a case for compensation.
Complications of scaphoid fractures
The fracture may progress and cause complications for a patient if undiagnosed. This may cause the sufferer more pain and discomfort than necessary. Your physician should take a series of X-rays to ensure that a scaphoid fracture is diagnosed as soon as possible to prevent these complications.
A patient could suffer from tissue death (also known as necrosis) if the fracture is left undiagnosed, or the bone may fail to heal properly if there is no treatment administered. If you feel that someone has been negligent and you have a scaphoid fracture that has been left undiagnosed, you could make a claim for compensation.
Making a medical negligence claim
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a medical negligence claim and with obtaining any evidence that negligence occurred. If you have suffered a misdiagnosis, were treated for another condition or were left without a diagnosis or treatment, you could be injured as a result. Where there is evidence that negligence took place, you may be able to win a cash payout. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to a solicitor regarding your case and we will be able to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. We also operate under a no win no fee* policy, so there is no need to worry about paying upfront for our advice.