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£90,000 compensation for missed diagnosis of hip fracture

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    A client, represented by Simon Elliman recovered damages of £90,000 for a claim involving a missed diagnosis of a hip fracture. J, a young male client, suffered a fractured hip when he fell 12 feet from a bridge at the age …

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A client, represented by Simon Elliman recovered damages of £90,000 for a claim involving a missed diagnosis of a hip fracture. J, a young male client, suffered a fractured hip when he fell 12 feet from a bridge at the age of 13. The following day he was unable to weight-bear, and attended a local Minor Injuries Unit. No x-ray was performed, and he was discharged with painkillers. Four months later, an x-ray revealed a fracture of the hip, but further investigations showed that J had now developed avascular necrosis, a condition where the blood supply to the femoral head had failed, and eventually he required a total hip replacement at the age of 16. It was admitted by the NHS Trust involved that it was negligent to have failed to take an x-ray, but they denied initially that the extensive damage suffered by J was due to the delay in diagnosis. However, medical experts instructed on behalf of J  prevailed, and the case settled out of Court.

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