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Living with a condition such as diabetes can often be testing and difficult, but thanks to advances in medicine, the illness is treatable and most people affected can lead a relatively normal life. However, unfortunately, some patients are not treated correctly for the condition.
Diabetic negligence usually occurs in one of two situations:
In the first scenario, the diagnosis of treatment may be delayed. Despite a patient showing the signs of diabetes, the symptoms may be dismissed or misdiagnosed. Early symptoms include:
In cases where a medical professional fails to investigate these symptoms, the condition is likely to worsen. Advanced cases of diabetes are associated with numerous complications, such as blindness, neuropathy and kidney failure, which pose a significant risk to the patient’s overall health.
If you or a loved one has been subjected to clinical negligence as a result of a delay in your diagnosis, you could be entitled to claim compensation. The damages awarded would help to improve your quality of life, and cover the cost of any future treatment needs, or loss of earnings.
In the second scenario, such issues can be avoided through appropriate monitoring and pre-emptive treatment. Depending on the type of diabetes you are diagnosed with, guidelines are in place to make sure the condition is properly treated.
Individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes should receive nine tests from their doctor every year. These should include:
Unfortunately, a significant number of patients in England do not receive their routine tests each year, which puts their health at risk. If untreated or poorly managed, diabetes can cause a full range of dangerous conditions.
Patients with type 1 diabetes take insulin as part of their treatment in order to ensure their blood sugar levels stay healthy. The only way to get insulin into the body is through an injection, or with a specially-designed pump.
In a considerable number of cases, complications to diabetes are often found to have been preventable, and, where this can be proven, there are grounds for the patient to make a claim for compensation.
At Ramsdens Solicitors, we have a great deal of experience in dealing with medical negligence claims, and we are best placed to provide the best legal advice in this area. Our team of specialists is on hand to help you every step of the way through your claim, and we are happy to provide support at what we know is a difficult time for you and your family.