Missed Scaphoid Fracture Negligence
The wrist is made up of eight small bones, with the scaphoid bone being located nearest to the thumb. Due to its location and size, scaphoid fractures are the most commonly fractured bone.
A scaphoid fracture is usually sustained by falling onto an outstretched hand, landing directly onto the palm but it can also be caused by a sporting accident or by being involved in a road traffic accident.
- swelling and localised tenderness
- pain on dorsiflexion of wrist
- pain and weakness of grip
- pain over the anatomical snuff box
However, unfortunately scaphoid fractures are often missed and this can have lasting and serious physical consequences.
If a scaphoid fracture is diagnosed within four weeks, it should be treated by immobilisation in plaster for 6-12 weeks. If diagnosis is delayed, surgery is needed such as screw fixation, scaphoid debridement and bone grafting, and, even then, there is a risk that the fracture will not reunite.
If a doctor negligently fails to diagnose a scaphoid injury at the first attendance, and does not request that the patient return within four weeks of the injury, then damages awarded in any medical negligence claim can be substantial.
At DSM Legal Solicitors we can assist you on a 'no win, no fee' basis meaning that if your case did not succeed we would not charge a fee. We handle claims quickly and efficiently and we keep you fully informed at all times.
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