Neck fractures, many people assume, are easy to diagnose. After all, an x-ray can clearly indicate whether a fracture has occurred. In most cases, neck fractures also involve serious pain and mobility issues. Despite all of this, however, medical negligence in Miami and across Florida does occur and in some cases does mean that patients with serious neck fractures are not diagnosed properly.
Incorrect diagnoses in neck fracture cases can cause mobility and pain issues for patients and can also cause complications and additional fractures. If you have suffered a serious injury due to misdiagnosis in Miami or Florida, you can always contact the Flaxman Law Group legal team for a free case evaluation. Your free consultation comes with no obligation and allows you to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney so that you understand your options and your rights.Why Does Neck Fracture Misdiagnosis Occur in Miami and Florida?
Neck fractures can be diagnosed through x-rays and other imaging equipment. However, some doctors misread x-rays, which leads them to misdiagnose a neck fracture, while in other cases physicians fail to order x-rays and other diagnostic tests because they mistakenly assume that a neck fracture is another, less serious injury. Incorrect use of diagnosis equipment and x-rays can also mean that an image or x-ray is taken incorrectly, which can hide a fracture.
Neck fractures that are not treated can lead to serious complications. Femoral neck stress fractures, for example, can result in avascular necrosis if left untreated. This serious condition causes bone tissue to die. Most untreated neck fractures can also easily re-fracture or can heal imperfectly or incompletely, causing permanent mobility issues for the patient.Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Miami or Florida
If you have suffered a serious injury due to misdiagnosis of a neck fracture, you may face considerable pain and suffering as well as considerable expenses and issues, including:
- lost income
- prolonged treatment
- necessary visits to specialists
- additional fractures
- mobility issues
- additional medication and pain management
- home care
The longer a neck fracture goes untreated, the more serious the complications can be. The cost of a misdiagnosed neck fracture can be significant if complications or injuries occur. If the misdiagnosis was caused by medical negligence, you should not have to pay these costs out-of-pocket. Florida law does allow you to pursue a legal claim in order to recover damages for the pain and costs you have suffered.
In order to determine whether you have a misdiagnosis claim in Miami or South Florida, you will need to contact a personal injury attorney in Miami or your community. If you're looking for an attorney, you can always contact the Flaxman Law Group legal team for free legal advice. Your initial consultation is free and comes with no obligation and the Flaxman Law Group legal team has a person available via the phone lines 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it easy to reach someone when you need to.