Is it possible that these recommendations will resolve the problem of missed fractures, and particularly missed scaphoid fractures, resulting in less litigation? (The litigation cost of missed scaphoid fractures was £41,680 per case in 2015).
Unfortunately I think not. Although there are many publications on missed fractures, there are none that provide a detailed analysis of those that go on to litigation, and so I analyzed my own medico-legal reports on missed fractures. I had 85 cases over a 9-year period.
As you will be aware, successful litigation for a missed fracture would require both liability (someone whose actions were below an acceptable standard – i.e. missing the fracture when its presence was evident) and causation (i.e that a significantly poorer outcome resulted, which would have been avoided with earlier diagnosis).