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Failure to Diagnose Fractures & Broken Bones in Emergency Rooms

Our medical malpractice lawyers in Michigan file cases against hospitals for the failure to diagnose bone fractures and broken bones in the hospital emergency room.   When a patient presents to a hospital emergency department with an injury or after an accident, the emergency room physicians must fully and properly evaluate their medical condition.  This includes diagnosing a bone fracture.

The failure to diagnose a bone fracture is much more common that one would expect.  After all, a simple plain x-ray should normally diagnose the broken bone.  However, many times an x-ray is never ordered because the emergency room doctor or nurse fails to order a radiology study.  Other times, the x-ray film is not properly interpreted by the doctor or a radiologist and a fractured bone is not identified.

The failure to diagnose a bone fracture can result in significant injury and complications to the patient.  When a fracture is not properly identified, it becomes untreated.  This absence in treatment or a delay in treatment can later result in irreparable damage to the bone once it begins to heal on its own without proper alignment, also called a nonunion.  A nonunion that does go on to heal is called a delayed union.  Quite often, the only way to repair this problem is through a surgical procedure and this does not always fix the problem.

The failure to timely diagnose a bone fracture and treat that condition can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.  If the emergency room doctor fails to make the diagnosis or a radiologist misreads an x-ray film, the delay in treatment can cause significant injury to the patient.  Further, the failure to refer a patient with a broken bone to an orthopedic surgeon can also be considered negligent medical care.

Contact Your Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyer

To determine whether you or someone you know has the legal basis to file a fractured bone  lawsuit for Michigan emergency room medical malpractice, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case.  There are strict time deadlines for filing cases and if you miss that deadline your case will be barred forever.  Fill out our contact form or call our medical malpractice lawyers at (800) 606-1717 to get started on your case.