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Scaphoid Fracture Compensation Claims
At JMW, our legal experts have years of experience successfully recovering compensation in scaphoid fracture clinical negligence cases. If you have suffered because diagnosis of your scaphoid injury was either missed or delayed, we can help you secure compensation to help get your life back on track.
To find out whether you may be entitled to make a scaphoid fracture misdiagnosis claim and to discuss your options with specialists highly experienced in dealing legal issues of this type, call us on 0800 054 6512 or leave your details via our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
The scaphoid bone is a small carpal bone located in the thumb side of the wrist. A scaphoid fracture is most typical when there is a fall with hyperextension, with the hand being forced backwards as you fall to the ground. Most people will put their hands out instinctively to protect them as they fall forward. This is often referred to as a Fall On an Out Stretched Hand (FOOSH).
Fractures of this nature can also occur if you receive a direct blow to your hand or because this part of your hand is used frequently in an activity such as gymnastics.
There are two types of scaphoid fracture:
- Non-displaced - This is when the fragments of the broken bone have not moved out of position
- Displaced - This is when there is still some movement of the bone fragments
If you suffer such an injury, you may experience:
- Pain in the part of the hand between the base of the thumb and the wrist
- Swelling in this part of the hand
- Pain when moving the wrist or thumb
- Pain when attempting to grip hold of an object
It is not uncommon for a scaphoid fracture to be mistaken for a sprained wrist. However, sprained wrists are far less common than many people assume, and anyone who experiences persistent pain of this nature should make sure they have the injury assessed by a medical professional.
This type of fracture is difficult to locate on X-ray. However, a scaphoid fracture should be suspected when there is pain and tenderness, especially in the hollow space between the base of the thumb and the wrist (known as the anatomical snuff box).
Failure to immobilise the wrist or undertake surgery within a few days can often lead to a poor outcome for the injury as the fracture can displace.
Although the majority of scaphoid fractures are diagnosed successfully, in an unfortunate minority of cases diagnosis is missed because of errors by medical professionals.
At JMW our legal experts have dealt with a wide variety of cases of this type, with patients suffering from a range of different problems.
Sometimes mistakes made at the time of injury or during surgery can lead to:
- Poor mobility in the wrist
- Stiffness of the wrist
- Pain in the wrist
- Development of arthritis in the wrist
Another serious result of a missed scaphoid fracture can be avascular necrosis (death of the bone due to a lack of bloody supply).
Failure to diagnose a fracture of this type can have a huge impact on the life of the victim, potentially leading to long-term disability that can affect their ability to work.
This is why expert legal advice and - if the case is ultimately successful - compensation is so important, as it increases the chance of your quality of life improving considerably.
Our professional and friendly team provides comprehensive advice that is easy to understand and we will guide you through the entire process, providing support at every stage. We take a proactive approach to every case we take on and will keep you updated throughout.
Our team is highly regarded throughout the UK and we are headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones. The team is also comprised of members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.