Legal advice from Ison Harrison

The scaphoid is a small bone located between the thumb and wrist. It is prone to damage often following a fall when the hands are used to break the impact of hitting the floor or because of repetitive action placing strain on the bone.

Unfortunately because the scaphoid is quiet small fractures often get missed with those working in the front line services such as like GP’s and Accident and Emergency most at risk of providing negligent treatment.

The main symptoms of scaphoid fracture may include:

Scaphoid Fracture

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Lack of Grip
  • Tenderness
  • If a scaphoid fracture remains undiagnosed there are a number of complications that may include:
  • Bone non- union
  • Problems with blood supply


Missed diagnosis of a scaphoid fracture can have significant impact on the victim causing pain, suffering and in severe cases result in problems working or perhaps force early retirement.

Scaphoid fractures should not be missed. If you have suffered a misdiagnosed scaphoid fracture you may be able to claim compensation for medical negligence.

Although the range of movement in the finger was noted to be limited, this was attributed to pain and the possibility of a severed tendon was not considered.

The correct diagnosis was not made until almost 3 months later, by which time the tendon had retracted. The claimant required two operations to reconstruct it using a graft, followed by a lengthy course of rehabilitation.

For confidential advice on how we can help with making a medical negligence claim for this condition contact us on 0113 284 5000 or