Missed Scaphoid Fracture Compensation Solicitors
The scaphoid is a small bone in the wrist that is located near the thumb. It is one of the eight bones that make up the carpal bones in the wrist. The scaphoid bone is an important weight-bearing bone that helps to stabilise the wrist and facilitate movement. As the smallest carpal bone, the scaphoid bone is also the most fragile and may shatter easily, causing what medical experts refer to as a ‘scaphoid fracture’.
Scaphoid fractures are typically caused by a fall onto an outstretched hand, and they can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be similar to those of other wrist injuries.
Symptoms of a scaphoid fracture may include pain in the wrist, swelling, tenderness, and difficulty moving the wrist. Scaphoid fractures can be treated with immobilisation in a cast or splint, or they may require surgery to stabilise the bone. It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect that you may have a scaphoid fracture, as untreated fractures can lead to long-term problems such as arthritis or chronic pain.
Occasionally, a scaphoid bone fracture can be misdiagnosed as a sprain by medical professionals. This can have an enormous impact on the patient’s healing process because it often leads to the patient receiving the wrong treatment for their injury, enabling their condition to worsen.
Unfortunately, a scaphoid injury misdiagnosis can therefore have serious consequences. If you, or someone close to you, have suffered - whether financially, physically, or even psychologically- as a result of delayed treatment or misdiagnosis, then you may have experienced negligence and could be entitled to compensation.
Nobody deserves to suffer harm as a result of scaphoid injury negligence. With the right solicitor at your side, you could make a claim for compensation that reflects the harm you or your loved ones have experienced, and that can offer you the financial support you rightly deserve.
Why choose us?
At SDS Solicitors, we put you first.
For more than 25 years, we have been dedicated to supporting victims of medical negligence, including scaphoid injury negligence, to claim the compensation they are entitled to.
We are based in Manchester, England, but we are able to offer our industry leading services to clients from all over England and Wales.
If you believe that you, or someone close to you, have experienced avoidable harm during your scaphoid injury treatment, then you could be entitled to compensation.
Contact our scaphoid injury negligence specialists by calling the number at the top of this page or completing the contact form, and one of our specialists will contact you to talk about your prospective case.
What is a scaphoid injury?
The scaphoid bone is located between the wrist and the thumb’s base (more specifically, between the lunate and trapezium bones).
Frequently, a scaphoid fracture is caused by falling onto an outstretched hand. As you instinctively attempt to protect yourself, a significant portion of your weight can fall on the palm of your hand. The resulting injury can also be caused by repeated stress (for example, when playing certain sports repeatedly over a long period of time) or a direct blow to the palm of the hand.
If you have a fractured scaphoid bone, you will typically experience pain and swelling at the base of your thumb, which may worsen when you grasp or pick up an object. When this pain persists weeks later and full range of motion has not returned, it may be possible to diagnose a fracture.
Complications are more likely to arise the more that scaphoid injury treatment is delayed. Therefore, it is important to diagnose and treat a scaphoid fracture as soon as possible.
Scaphoid fractures can also be missed on an x-ray, which can increase the likelihood of the patient receiving a misdiagnosis for their condition.
How can scaphoid injuries be misdiagnosed?
Scaphoid injuries can be notoriously difficult to diagnose, and their most common symptoms (which include wrist pain, stiffness and/or swelling) can be caused by a number of conditions.
To complicate the diagnosis procedure even further, patients frequently do not present with any observable injury, deformity, or swelling. This is why scaphoid fractures can be missed on an x-ray.
In the days and weeks after a scaphoid fracture, the pain may subside, and the injury may be misdiagnosed as a sprain. The diagnosis of a scaphoid injury frequently necessitates more intricate imaging techniques.
So, while scaphoid fractures can often be misdiagnosed as scaphoid sprains or other lesser conditions, this can be considered negligent in certain situations.
If your doctor or medical team failed to correctly notice any symptoms or signs of a scaphoid fracture that would have been obvious, had they followed procedures correctly, and would have been obvious to other medical professionals, then you could have experienced scaphoid injury negligence.
Sometimes, a misdiagnosis cannot be helped. But in cases where clear symptoms were missed, you could be entitled to compensation.
To find out for sure, get in touch with one of our experts via the number at the top of this page, or simply fill out our contact form.
I experienced scaphoid injury misdiagnosis. Do I have a claim?
Unfortunately, a scaphoid injury misdiagnosis can result in a myriad of conditions, including reduced wrist mobility, decreased grip strength and wrist instability.
With prompt diagnosis and treatment, patients can anticipate a full recovery and suffer minimally from diminished wrist function or strength. That is why it is so important that patients receive the correct diagnosis as soon as possible.
Other conditions which can be brought on because a scaphoid injury was misdiagnosed (and therefore not treated properly) include:
Unfortunately, another possible condition that can be caused as a result of a scaphoid misdiagnosis is avascular necrosis.
This occurs when the bone's blood supply is interrupted. If one of the fractured pieces lacks a sufficient blood supply, it will die from a lack of nutrients. This is visible on an X-ray and is treatable with a graft.
If your scaphoid bone has been fractured, you may be at risk of developing arthritis in the future, which causes pain and a restricted range of motion in the wrist. This can happen if you experience complications, such as non-union or avascular necrosis, because of a delay in your scaphoid injury diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
And many more…
If you have experienced any of the above ailments, or other harm (psychological, physical or financial) as a result of your scaphoid injury misdiagnosis - and you believe that your medical team missed obvious signs of a scaphoid fracture, you could have experienced medical negligence and may be entitled to compensation.
What are my next steps?
The good news is: there is help available.
If you, or someone close to you, have experienced scaphoid injury negligence, then seeking out legal advice from an experienced medical negligence solicitor is the essential next step.
All patients deserve to be treated with the highest level of care by their medical team. This not only includes the standard of treatment they receive, but also the attention to detail when their symptoms are observed. Nobody deserves to suffer through unnecessary harm or injuries as a result of their medical team not following the correct protocols.
That’s why we make supporting victims of scaphoid injury negligence our business.
At SDS, our experts have handled many cases and successfully obtained several compensation claims for our clients. We can position you to proceed with your claims in the best way possible and support you through the process.
If you believe that you or someone close to you may have experienced scaphoid injury negligence, take advantage of our experience and get in touch with one of our experts today. We will be able to advise you, including determining whether you could have a claim and then helping you through the process.
Established in Manchester in 1997, we are a leading specialist personal injury, accident and medical negligence law firm acting for victims of non-fault incidents, such as misdiagnosis negligence.
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors, act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham and Whitefield.
The team of Scaphoid Fracture Misdiagnosis Claims Solicitors at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors can support your needs wherever you live in Northern Ireland or England and Wales.
We specialise in no win no fee injury claims, which means if you don't win, you won't have to pay.
Call us for free now using the number at the top of the page or complete the online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you.
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With Sheldon Davidson Solicitors in Whitefield, Manchester you can be confident that your Scaphoid Fracture Misdiagnosis Claim is in safe hands.