I went to an emergency room in Houston and they failed to diagnose my cervical neck fracture. Can I seek damages from the emergency room?

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I’m sorry to hear about your neck fracture. A neck fracture is a very dangerous condition that can often have life-altering consequences. The neck is very vulnerable to breaking, especially in high-speed collisions or accidents with severe impacts. If you break certain neck vertebrae, you could end up paralyzed.

In most cases, serious neck injuries and fractures are the result of severe impacts and accidents, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, accidents in the workplace, slip and fall accidents, and sports accidents. If you suffer from a neck fracture, you may experience severe pain, tenderness, swelling, numbness, muscle spasms, and a lack of mobility. If the fracture is not diagnosed and properly treated, it can cause severe symptoms such as weakness and numbness in the arms and legs and the ability to walk or stay balanced. Ultimately, the fracture can even cause paralysis.

It may seem that a neck fracture would be easy to diagnose. However, that’s not always the case. The doctor may fail to order x-rays, or the x-ray may not be properly taken. The neck fracture may be mistaken for a less serious injury. Any failure to diagnose a cervical fracture can make the doctor liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you have been harmed by a failure to diagnose a neck injury, you should speak with an attorney. The doctor’s failure to diagnose the fracture could lead to permanent health problems. A skilled medical malpractice attorney can help you obtain financial compensation from the responsible parties. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about the firm on our LinkedIn page.

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