Complications from Delayed Diagnosis of Fractures

Lateral_neck_X-ray_of_whiplash

Complications from Delayed Diagnosis of Fractures

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Injury Lawyer. When people suffer a bone fracture, it is important to identify this fracture quickly so that patients can receive treatment as quickly as possible. When the diagnosis of bone fractures is delayed, this can lead to several dangerous complications that could compromise the recovery process.

A Delayed Diagnosis Leads to a Longer Recovery Time

If it takes longer to diagnose the fracture after a traumatic injury, the bone will not be able to heal. Those who have had summer humerus shaft fractures or wrist fractures before will remember having their arm placed in a cast. The arm is placed in a cast to immobilize the broken bones. If the bones are still moving, they cannot reattach to the rest of the limb. This means that the bone isn’t healing. By placing the bone in a cast, the fracture is immobilized giving the fracture time to heal over the course of the next several weeks.

A Delay in Diagnosis Could Lead to Malunion

Those who have broken bones before in an auto accident, such as in hand fractures or femur fractures, will remember physician taking x-rays, CT scans, or an MRI to figure out whether or not the fracture has been displaced. This is important because a fracture that has been displaced will require surgery to be put back together. If the fracture isn’t diagnosed quickly, the patient will not receive the proper treatment for a displaced fracture. If a displaced fracture is allowed to heal without being properly placed (or “reduced’), the fracture will heal incorrectly. This is called malunion, or the solidification of bones in an improper alignment. This could lead to a reduced range of motion and a reduced utility of the bone. Fractures should be diagnosed quickly to prevent malunion.

A Delay in Fracture Diagnosis Leads to a Delay in the Diagnosis of Complications

Many fractures have multiple complications and comorbidities that develop with them. For example, a patient could have suffered polytrauma and broken multiple bones. Other bone fractures, such as pediatric hip injuries and fractures, could compromise the blood supply and lead to avascular necrosis. Radius and ulna shaft fractures could damage nerves and lead to compromised motor and sensory function. If there is a delay in diagnosis of the fracture, there is also a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of these complications. Some of these complications could have chronic impacts that damage a patient’s quality of life. It is important for fractures and their complications to be diagnosed quickly.

Contact an Experienced Bone Fracture Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Injury Lawyer. It is important for fractures to be diagnosed quickly. Anyone who has suffered a bone fracture in a traumatic accident should contact me at (916) 921-6400 for friendly, free advice. For those calling from outside of the local area, I have a toll-free line available at (800) 404-5400.

I am proud to be a California member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This is a group that includes many of the top-rated trial attorneys in the country. Members of the forum have won million and/or multiple million-dollar case settlements or case verdicts for past clients.

I encourage my visitors to view my past verdicts and settlements here.

Many of my past clients have left helpful reviews on Avvo (the attorney rating service), Yelp, and Google Plus.

Image Source: By Jmarchn (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

:dr

Posted In:
Updated:

Client Reviews

  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
    Sincerely,
    ★★★★★
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation.
    ★★★★★
  • Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything.
    ★★★★★
  • Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime.
    ★★★★★
  • I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone.
    ★★★★★
  • Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury.
    ★★★★★