Living with diabetes can be difficult and frustrating at times. Fortunately, as a condition, diabetes is well understood and very treatable, allowing sufferers to lead relatively normal lives. Unfortunately, under some circumstances, despite presenting with clear symptoms of diabetes, a patient may not always be treated correctly, which can result in a wide variety of complications.
If you have been subject to misdiagnosis or medical malpractice in relation to diabetes, then you may be able to make a medical claim for compensation.
How Does Diabetic Negligence Happen?
Diabetic Negligence is prevalent within two scenarios-
- During the original diagnosis.
- During the monitoring and treatment of the disease.
Under the first scenario, the diagnosis of diabetes may be delayed. Despite exhibiting the signs of diabetes, the symptoms may be dismissed, or misdiagnosed.
Common diabetes symptoms include:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Weight loss
- Fatigue and irritability
- Blurred vision
If a medical professional fails to investigate, despite the patient presenting to them with obvious signs of diabetes, then the condition may be allowed to escalate. Advanced diabetes is associated with numerous complications, such as blindness, kidney failure and neuropathy, all of which pose a huge risk to the patient.
If you have been subject to clinical negligence, through a delay in diagnosing your diabetes, it is suggested that you make a medical negligence claim for compensation. Any damages awarded will help you to recover your quality of life, covering the cost of future treatment needs and any loss of earnings.
Under the second scenario, issues can be prevented through appropriate monitoring and pre-emptive treatment. Depending on the type of diabetes the patient suffers, guidelines are in place to ensure the condition is cared for correctly.
Those who suffer from type 2 diabetes should receive 9 tests from their doctor each year. These tests should include weight measurement, blood pressure testing and a check of smoking status. Shockingly, almost half the people in England with diabetes are not getting all nine tests, and some 96% of children (who are mostly afflicted with Type 1 diabetes) are not receiving their routine tests.
If untreated or poorly managed, as above, diabetes can cause a full range of life threatening conditions. With that in mind, there is no excuse for negligent care.
Our Diabetes Negligence Experience
As expert medical negligence solicitors, we’ve dealt with a number of cases where victims of diabetes have suffered due to clinical negligence. Routine tests and checks can sometimes be forgotten or refused, causing a victim’s health to deteriorate, sometimes to the point where an amputation or serious surgical intervention is required to save their life.
In a substantial number of cases, complications are often found to have been preventable. Where this can be proven, there may be grounds for the patient to file a medical negligence claim for diabetes compensation.
Due to the years of extensive legal service provided by our clinical negligence solicitors, it is likely that they will have already overseen a case similar to your own; allowing them to focus on the most critical medical and evidential points of your case from the outset. This means that the most pertinent issues will be thoroughly covered whilst we investigate your medical claim; resulting in the greatest possible outcome.
The physical costs of negligent diabetic treatment are clear, and on their own, are enough to contend with. But we also recognise the financial and psychological costs of dealing with such life changing consequences; so we do our utmost to provide the greatest possible support outside of the boundaries of legal advice. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have, providing information and links to other support groups where required as well as providing a friendly point of contact should you have anything else that you wish to discuss.
If you feel that the complications you suffered could have been avoided, it is critical that you contact us as quickly as possible to begin making a claim. The resulting compensation can grant you access to the greatest rehabilitation, whilst also providing a means to acquire the equipment and aids you require to live your life to the full.
Some victims do worry about the potential costs involved when pursuing a diabetic compensation claim; which is why we have specialist teams in place who can help you to secure all of the support and aid you are entitled to. So whatever your situation, we should be able to help.
We pride ourselves on our provision of first-class legal advice and support. Our team of medical negligence solicitors have a wealth of expertise and knowledge, which you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.