Closed claim studies involving the diagnosis and treatment of fractures
Failure to diagnose fracture
An eight-year-old boy came with his mother to a local emergency department (ED). He reported pain in his lower left leg (“hamstring pain”) from a fall earlier that day.
Failure to timely diagnose femur fracture
A 28-year-old man was involved in a motorcycle collision, sustaining multiple injuries. The EMS records reflect that the patient’s chief complaint at the scene was leg pain.
Failure to properly manage warfarin dose
An 89-year-old woman suffered a fractured right femur requiring surgical repair.
Failure to diagnose and treat complications
A 16-year-old girl was brought to the emergency department after sustaining a leg injury while playing soccer. X-rays revealed a right bimalleolar ankle fracture dislocation.
Failure to diagnose mandible fracture
On June 1, a 35-year-old woman fell while stepping off a boat, injuring her chin, jaw, wrist, and hand. She went to an urgent-care clinic for treatment.
Delay in diagnosis of hip fracture
A 90-year-old woman fell at the assisted living facility where she resided. Following the fall, she began to report severe right hip pain.