People with diabetes are much more likely to suffer from health complications than the general population. Diabetics are two and a half times more likely to have a heart attack and twice as likely to have a stroke than a non-diabetic. Therefore, it is crucial that their condition is handled swiftly and correctly, to avoid any further difficulties. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Complications surrounding diabetes can occur as a result of substandard care from a healthcare professional, which ultimately could have been prevented with better practice. Delays in diagnosis can be one of the main factors in diabetes claims. Research suggests that Type 2 diabetes patients often face a two-year delay before diagnosis.
We understand that when you put your trust in medical staff and a mistake is made, this can feel like a betrayal. If you have suffered from avoidable issues related to your diabetes, you may be entitled to make a claim.
At Fletchers Solicitors, our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors will make sure that you are fully supported throughout the claims process. We have over 400 years’ combined experience dealing with medical negligence and diabetes claims, so you can rest assured we’ll bring the best legal minds to your case.
What is a diabetes compensation claim?
Diabetes is a lifelong disease which occurs when a person’s blood sugar is too high, affecting 1 in 14 people in England. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can have significant consequences and so diabetics need to carefully manage and control their condition through medication and good care.
It is a medical professional’s duty to provide the care needed for a diabetic, but in many cases this duty not fulfilled.
Medical negligence can occur through the treatment of diabetes when a healthcare professional does not provide an appropriate quality of care towards the patient. This most commonly happens when diabetes is misdiagnosed, if there is a delay in diagnosis or if treatment and care following diagnosis is not properly carried out. If you or a loved one has suffered from complications of diabetes that could have been prevented, you may be entitled to make a diabetes compensation claim.
Fletchers Solicitors understand the distress that diabetes negligence can cause. That’s why we will do everything we can to take the stress out of the legal process, and fight your battle for you. We act on a No Win, No Fee basis to remove the financial burden of making a claim, so that you can focus on recovery during this difficult time.
Different types of diabetes compensation claims
Whether you suffer from type one or type two diabetes, you may have been affected by poor medical treatment for your condition. This can broadly be split into delay in diagnosis or poor care and management, which can lead to:
- Loss of sight/blindness
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Nerve disorders
Figures estimate that diabetes costs the NHS £10 billion each year.
Delay in diabetes diagnosis
Common cases of diabetes claims involve healthcare professionals failing to recognise the symptoms of diabetes, leading to the condition going unchecked and untreated. If you have suffered from any of the above symptoms which could have been prevented if correctly diagnosed, you deserve justice for your suffering.
Poor care and management
When left untreated, diabetes can lead to various complications such as hypoglycemia, heart disease, nerve damage and amputation, and vision problems.
Whilst quick diagnosis of diabetes is of the utmost importance, satisfactory care and management of the condition is just as crucial – it can make the difference between remaining healthy and developing serious side-effects. If complications do develop after a diabetes diagnosis, it is the medical staff’s duty to provide an acceptable standard of care to avoid any of the upsetting symptoms listed above. Sadly, this doesn’t always happen, causing painful outcomes. In fact it is estimated that 80% of amputations in diabetics are brought on by a poorly treated foot ulcer, which could have been better treated.
Gestational diabetes and clinical negligence claims
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops in women during pregnancy. Generally, this condition can be detected in early pregnancy and managed well. However if undetected or untreated, it can result in complications including:
- Abnormal growth of the baby, leading to delivery difficulties
- Premature birth
- Newborn jaundice
- Low blood sugar and other health problems following birth
Mothers should receive a screening test upon their first antenatal appointment to determine if they are at increased risk of gestational diabetes. If there was a failure to perform these tests, or the condition was misdiagnosed and you subsequently developed gestational diabetes, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Our experienced team of legal experts will do everything we can to fight for the justice that you deserve.
Symptoms of diabetes caused by poor diagnosis or treatment can be life-changing and can leave you feeling frustrated and distressed if you know that it could have been prevented. If you did not receive the appropriate health care related to your condition, speak to one of our trained advisors who can quickly advise if you have a claim.
Is there a time limit on making a diabetes claim?
Claims for diabetes negligence can be made within three years of the “date of knowledge”, or the date you first became aware of negligible treatment. This is not necessarily three years from the date when the mistake was made, but three years after you first realised that something had gone wrong.
In cases where substandard care of diabetes occurred to a child, the three year period begins on the date of their 18th birthday should they look to make a claim. It is possible to make a claim on behalf of a child under the age of eighteen at any point before their 18th birthday.
If the person who suffered from diabetes negligence does not have the mental capacity to make a claim, there is no time limit. When a patient passes away, their personal representative has three years from the date of death to make a claim on their behalf.
Contact us today to find out how we can guide you through the legal process.
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