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Failure to diagnose scaphoid fracture


The Facts

Our client fell awkwardly on her hand when playing sports. She attended her GP who referred her to hospital for x-rays to be undertaken to rule out an injury to the scaphoid bone. X-rays were taken; she was diagnosed with a sprain and sent home.

Our client’s symptoms of pain in her wrist continued, and she therefore attended hospital again some weeks later. This time she was diagnosed with a fracture of her left scaphoid. Her wrist was put in a cast for 6 weeks and the fracture healed well. 


The hospital admitted liability in respect of the delay in diagnosis of the scaphoid fracture and subsequent treatment, and the case was settled out-of-court for £2,500.