Experiencing a fracture is traumatic enough, but when it's missed or wrongly diagnosed, the pain, suffering and long-term impact can be made much worse. Medical professionals have a duty of care to correctly diagnose and treat your injuries. When they fall short, you may be able to claim compensation.
At Switalskis, we understand the stresses you're going through and we're here to help you. Our expert team of solicitors specialises in missed fracture compensation claims. We'll help you navigate the entire legal process from the initial claim through to the final settlement, acting as a trusted partner by your side.
If you've suffered unnecessary pain due to an improperly diagnosed bone fracture, we're committed to making sure that your voice is heard and that the responsible parties are held to account. Through this process, you'll be able to get the support you need to rebuild and move forward.
If you experienced harm due to a missed or misdiagnosed fracture, don't let the opportunity for justice pass you by. Reach out to Switalskis today for a free initial consultation. Our dedicated missed fracture solicitors are ready to listen, advise and fight for the compensation you deserve.
At Switalskis, we bring more than just legal expertise to the table. Our dedicated solicitors have extensive experience in missed fracture compensation claims and are passionate about helping you secure the recognition and resources you deserve. We understand that navigating the legal landscape can be daunting, particularly when you're already dealing with the fallout of a missed or misdiagnosed fracture. That's why we're committed to making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you.
Here's what you can expect from working with Switalskis:
Our team consists of experienced solicitors who specialise in medical negligence claims. Several of our lawyers hold prestigious accreditations from the Law Society and the patients’ charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). We’re also recognised as being among the top clinical negligence teams in England by The Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.
At Switalskis, we're more than just your solicitors - we're your partners in your fight for justice. Let us shoulder the legal burden so you can focus on what's truly important - your recovery and wellbeing.
Missed fractures represent a common yet significant issue in healthcare. They happen for various reasons; for example, they may be due to simple human error or system-level failures within healthcare institutions. These include:
Despite these challenges, medical professionals have a duty of care to their patients. If a fracture is missed due to negligence or a failure to provide an adequate standard of care, it may be grounds for a missed fracture compensation claim.
A missed fracture can lead to serious physical and emotional consequences. At the most basic level, it causes delays in your treatment, which can lead to ongoing pain and discomfort, and stop you from performing regular activities, going to work or enjoying your hobbies.
Untreated fractures can also cause several serious health complications, including situations in which:
The seriousness of these potential consequences underlines the importance of speaking to a medical negligence solicitor if you've suffered from a missed fracture due to medical errors.
Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, occurs when a healthcare professional's standard of care falls below what is expected and consequently causes harm to a patient. In the context of missed fractures, this can happen in various ways:
The key element in any medical negligence claim, including missed fracture claims, is proving that the healthcare provider's breach of duty directly caused your injury, or made it worse. As such, not every missed fracture will qualify as negligence. For example, if a fracture was not visible on initial X-rays but showed up in later examinations, it might not be seen as negligence, especially if the fracture was treated promptly once it was discovered.
In order to make a medical negligence compensation claim, you must prove that the quality of care you received fell below the necessary standard, and that you suffered harm as a direct consequence of that negligent treatment. Speak to the specialist solicitors at Switalskis and we will be able to help you prove this by gathering evidence and building the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Starting a missed fracture compensation claim might seem like a daunting task, but we’ll always aim to simplify each step so that you feel properly supported throughout. Here's a broad overview of what the missed fracture claims process involves:
Throughout this process, we make regular communication a priority, keeping you informed and providing guidance at every stage. Our dedicated team of legal specialists is committed to making the process as smooth and worry-free as possible, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery.
When it comes to making a missed fracture claim, it's vital to be aware of the statutory time limit, also known as the limitation period. The general rule in England and Wales is that you have three years from the date of the negligence, or from the date when you first became aware of the negligence (known as the date of knowledge), to bring a claim. This date of knowledge is not necessarily the date the injury happened, but instead when you realised that the injury was caused by someone else's error.
For instance, if a fracture was missed at the time of an accident and only identified several months later, the three-year countdown would start from the date you became aware the fracture was missed.
There are a few exceptions to this rule:
Given the complexity of limitation periods and the potential consequences of missing these critical deadlines, we strongly recommend seeking legal advice as soon as you think you may have a claim.
The amount of compensation you could claim for a missed or undiagnosed fracture varies greatly depending on several factors. These include the severity of the injury, the impact it has had on your quality of life, and any financial losses you've suffered due to the injury. It's difficult to provide an exact figure without understanding the individual details of your case, but we can give you an idea of how these claims are evaluated.
Compensation for missed fracture claims is divided into two main categories:
In some cases, particularly severe or complicated fractures that were missed or undiagnosed can result in long-term health complications or disability. If this applies to you, the value of your missed fracture compensation claim could be considerably higher to reflect the severity of your situation and the long-term impact on your life.
Potential costs are among the biggest concerns our clients have about claiming compensation. At Switalskis, we're committed to making the process as accessible as possible by offering various funding options to meet your needs:
Remember, your first consultation with our clinical negligence solicitors is free and without obligation. We'll discuss the funding options available to you and help you choose the best one for your situation.
If negligent treatment caused you to suffer negative health consequences due to a misdiagnosed fracture, call Switalskis today for tailored legal advice. We're here to help you make your compensation claim and provide the support you need during your recovery.
Call us on 0800 1380 458 , or contact us through our website to find out more about how to make a missed fracture compensation claim.