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Diabetes Amputation Claims

If you’ve suffered an amputation due to diabetic complications, it can be devastating, particularly as your independence and general wellbeing will likely be affected, alongside your physical injury. When an amputation may have also been avoided, it can be even more difficult to come to terms with. If you decide to bring a diabetic amputation claim forward, our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors will fully support you throughout process.

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What are diabetic amputation claims?

According to NHS Resolution there were 7,957 major diabetic lower limb amputations in England between 2017-2020. However, most amputations can be avoided if the warning signs are spotted early on.  

You could be eligible to make a diabetic amputation claim if you’ve needed an amputation due to the misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or negligent treatment or management of your diabetes. Our medical negligence solicitors specialise in diabetic amputation claims and can help you secure the compensation you’re entitled to.  

Diabetes mismanagement can also cause health conditions outside of amputation; such as eye problems, heart attack or stroke. If you have experienced any of these conditions, which you believe were made worse through medical negligence, you may also have a claim for diabetes negligence. If this is the case, our experts can quickly tell you if you’re eligible. 

What are the common causes of diabetic amputation?

People with diabetes are more at risk of lower limb amputation than those without the condition. This is because diabetes can cause nerve damage to the feet, as well as causing problems with circulation. If foot problems aren’t properly managed, it can lead to infections, foot ulcers, and in some cases, amputation is required.

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According to Diabetes.co.uk, the leading causes of diabetic amputation are:

Complications surrounding diabetes can occur as a result of substandard care from a healthcare professional, which ultimately could have been prevented with better practice. Medical negligence can occur through the substandard treatment of diabetes, when a healthcare professional does not provide an appropriate quality of care. 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.

What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a diabetic complication which causes nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy, where there is damage to the peripheral nervous system, is one of the main conditions that leads to diabetic amputation.  

The NHS outlines the main symptoms of peripheral neuropathy:

  • numbness and tingling in the feet or hands 
  • burning, stabbing or shooting pain in affected areas 
  • loss of balance and co-ordination 
  • muscle weakness, especially in the feet

These symptoms are usually constant but can come and go.

How is diabetic neuropathy treated?

Although diabetic neuropathy can’t be reversed, timely and effective treatment is key to relieving the symptoms of neuropathy and preventing further complications, including amputation.  

Pain symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be relieved using medications such as amitriptyline, duloxetine, pregabalin and gabapentin.  

Treatment for peripheral neuropathy can often involve addressing the underlying cause. In diabetics, having good control of your blood sugar levels is crucial in managing complications of diabetes, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing your weight. It’s also advised to cut down on alcohol and quit smoking.   

If complications develop after a diabetes diagnosis, it is the medical staff’s duty to provide an acceptable standard of care. Sadly, this doesn’t always happen. Where medical negligence is a factor, we can help you progress a diabetic neuropathy claim.

Can I make a diabetic amputation claim?

If you or a loved one has had an amputation as a result of negligent medical care, you could make a diabetic amputation claim. Contact our experts today for a free assessment of your case and find out whether you have a claim.

How much time do I have to make a diabetic amputation claim?

Although there are some exceptions, in most cases, you have three years from the date you became aware of the negligence, to make a diabetic amputation claim. In cases where you’re making a claim for a minor or for someone who does not have the mental capacity to make a claim themselves, the three-year restriction might not apply. Regardless of your circumstances, it’s important that you seek legal advice as early on as possible.

How much does it cost to make a diabetic amputation claim?

When dealing with a diabetic amputation claim, worrying about the cost should be the least of your concerns. Fletchers Solicitors will handle your case on a No Win No Fee arrangement, meaning you’ll pay nothing upfront, and if your case doesn’t succeed, you won’t face any expenses. Only once your claim is successful do you pay for the legal services provided, with the fee agreed upon in advance. You can explore the viability of your case without any financial commitment; just get in touch on 0330 013 0251 or request a callback.

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Why Choose Fletchers?

Choosing Fletchers means choosing a dedicated team of diabetic amputation claims lawyers. Our experts have successfully settled many diabetic amputation claims. Ranked among the leading lawyers in clinical negligence and personal injury, we pride ourselves on providing a personal service. Our medical negligence department is one of the largest in the UK and is recognised for its success and professionalism by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Fletchers is your trusted partner, ensuring you’re not alone in seeking justice.

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