Failure to diagnose an ankle fracture

Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Ed Harper

The failure to diagnose an injury and thus the worsening of the condition as the pre-requisite to bring a medical malpractice case is very difficult. You should seek the services of an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice in your area. The problem with these cases is the fact you have the condition, which was not the fault of the health care provider. Thus, you have a claim for the worsening of the condition due to their mistake. And that assumes you can prove fault. Thus, it’s the chicken or the egg question – how bad would the condition have been if they had treated you appropriately? If the treatment and the results are about the same, then you don’t have the damages necessary to bring a costly medical malpractice claim. However, in certain types of fractures, there is a requirement to treat them quickly, or the results go downhill real fast. I know this to be true from my own experience. In one part of the wrist, and presumably the ankle, a fracture must be treated appropriately within the first 20-30 days, or else the damage is permanent. So, get your medical records and bring them in to so see a med mal lawyer ASAP.

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