22 December 2010
Snow Brings Risk of Hospital Misdiagnosis
With another cold snap looming and the promise of a white Christmas, Accident and Emergency departments across the country will undoubtedly face an increase in the number of patients walking through their doors.
I know from the adverse weather conditions we have experienced in the last few years that this means that hospitals are often unable to offer the level of care that their patients are entitled to expect.
I have a number of cases that involve patients attending A&E departments and not being the given correct treatment or referral. These cases usually consist of fractures and soft tissue injuries, which are a direct result of the snow and ice, being misdiagnosed, or mistreated. However in some cases the increase in patient numbers can lead to other more serious conditions being overlooked and handled inappropriately with serious consequences.
One of my clients suffered a nasty fall while doing her job as a Carer and hurt her shoulder. At the A&E department there was a failure to carry out an x-ray and so her fracture remained undiagnosed and without treatment for a number of weeks. Her long term prognosis is not known.
Let’s hope that hospitals are prepared for the difficult weather that will sweep the nation in the coming days. Nisha Sharma is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.
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