Scaphoid fracture - failure to diagnose
Defendants: West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
The claimant, a man of 23 years old, had an injury playing football. He fell and hurt his wrist and went to hospital. X-rays were taken but a fracture to the scaphoid bone was missed on the films and he was sent home without treatment.
When he was later diagnosed with a fractured scaphoid, he had suffered permanent damage and now has some problems with use of his hand.
- Failure to interpret the X-rays correctly and to diagnose a scaphoid fracture.
- Failure to immobilise the scaphoid fracture and prevent permanent damage.
Court proceedings were issued and served. After the hospital had the chance to examine the original X-ray (which the claimant had in his possession) liability was admitted.
The defendants then opened negotiations and terms of settlement were finally agreed in the sum of £60,000.