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Home > News > Medical negligence compensation for missed fracture

11th July 2011

Medical negligence compensation for missed fracture

Our client suffered a fracture to her foot and when examined by medical staff on arrival at hospital, she was x-rayed and advised that she had not suffered a fracture. She was advised to keep her leg elevated but also to undertake gentle walking exercise.

When this diagnosis was subsequently found to be incorrect, and our client suffered considerable life-changing circumstances, she asked our specialist medical negligence lawyers about making a claim for medical negligence compensation. They were able to secure over £100,000 in compensation for her negligent treatment.

The Trust admitted liability, and we were able to secure an interim payment for our client, which alleviated some of her financial hardship caused by the consequences of the misdiagnosis.

However, they refused to agree an acceptable sum in medical negligence compensation and our medical negligence lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings in an effort to bring the claim to a successful conclusion. They were able to secure an acceptable settlement before the date of the trial.

Negligent treatment following missed Lisfranc fracture

Despite our client returning to the hospital several days after her initial visit, complaining that the symptoms had not subsided, a further review of her x-ray by the Radiologist failed to correctly diagnose the fracture for a second time. She was suffering from considerable pain caused by the swelling in her foot, which had begun to discolour. She was having difficulty weight bearing and her foot was extremely tender to the touch.

It was only when, some months later, our client saw a physiotherapist for an unrelated condition, that concern was raised about the condition of her foot and further x-rays and an MRI scan were carried out. By this time, our client was also showing degenerative changes to the bones of her foot which had led to the development of arthritis.

Result of negligent treatment caused permanent injury

Our client was later advised that had she received the correct treatment for a Lisfranc fracture at the time of her first attendance at the hospital, it was more than likely she would have made a complete recovery within a short time, and with no ongoing symptoms.

As a result of the failure of medical staff and subsequent delay in appropriate treatment, she will permanently suffer considerable discomfort and inconvenience. She may also require surgery in the future, with no guarantee of success. Indeed, there is every chance that the surgery would leave her in a worse condition than she currently experiences.

Impact of medical negligence on our client’s life

A working professional, our client had intended to work for many more years before considering retirement. She has been advised that depending on the development of her condition, and the possible negative results of surgery should this be necessary, she may be forced to retire several years before she had planned, causing considerable financial hardship.

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Have you or a member of your family suffered as a result of medical negligence? For more information about our service or for advice about whether we can assist you with a medical negligence compensation claim contact us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms. One of our representatives will contact you (without obligation) to discuss the matter further within 24 hours (48 hours at weekends).

Please go to our Costs and Risks section for more detailed information on these and how Clear Answers specialist medical negligence lawyers will handle your claim and funding.

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