diabetes

Diabetes Negligence Claims

What is Diabetes? 

Diabetes is an illness during which the body cannot produce insulin impacting your daily life. It needs to be controlled, and blood sugar always needs to be kept under control to avoid severe complications. It affects around 3.8 million people in the UK with 90% of them with type 2 diabetes.

The cause of diabetes is unknown, and it can occur to anyone at any point in their life. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body attacks the pancreas, meaning that it cannot produce insulin to control blood sugar levels in the body, which is something a healthy pancreas does naturally. Type 2 diabetes means the body is unable to make insulin or does not make enough insulin, or the insulin it produces does not work correctly. Type 1 diabetes is managed by taking insulin to control blood sugar, and you can manage type 2 diabetes by taking medication, exercising or having a balanced diet. There is no cure for type 1 and 2 diabetes however type 2 diabetes can be prevented and put into remission if correct treatment is applied. If diabetes is treated incorrectly and negligently, it can lead to Diabetic Ketoacidosis, which is also known as DKA.

What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis? 

DKA occurs when there is a severe lack of insulin in the body. During which it cannot use sugar for energy, resulting in burning fat to create it. When this occurs, chemicals called ketones are released. If unrecognised the ketones can build up and make your blood more acidic, leading to acidosis. If a patient goes to the medical practitioner with the fear they are experiencing DKA, they should be treated accordingly and correctly to make sure that the patient is safe and back to a normal state, in the fastest possible way.

Diabetic Negligence Claims 

There is a range of claims that our experienced solicitors can deal with, including:

  • Misdiagnosis of diabetes, leading to incorrect treatment and severe complications
  • Late diagnosis of diabetes, leading to late treatment and severe complications
  • Negligently treated illness. During which the practitioner or professional fails to treat your diabetes and control your blood sugar levels accordingly, leading to complications such as DKA.
  • Failing to provide correct information on how to treat diabetes at home and maintain safe levels of blood sugars
  • Failing to provide information about procedures and providing alternative options
  • Failing to treat cuts and infections, potentially leading to amputations.

Elderly patients

Some elderly patients with diabetes may come to the hospital with feet complications concerning their diabetes, this is more likely to occur in patients over the age of 75. Amputations can be avoided if correct procedures and maintenance are carried out. People with diabetes must get their feet examined once a year as this is the most vulnerable body part for circulation issues concerning diabetes. If the doctors fail to diagnose feet problems in elderly patients, it can lead to amputations.

Possible complications from medical negligence

There is a range of things that a patient can experience concerning negligent treatment. These include:

  • Avoidable limb amputations
  • Vision problems and even blindness
  • Heart disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain damage

We advise that this is not the full list of complications, and if you have experienced any form of negligence, we highly recommend contacting Solicitors On Your Side now to get the highest compensation you deserve.

How we can help 

We believe that everyone deserves to get the right compensation after facing medical negligence. We know that every individual should get the correct treatment concerning their medical problems. Our experienced solicitors will make sure to treat your case most professionally, in the most sympathetic way. We understand that this process is greatly traumatising, so we will make sure you free comfortable throughout the entire process.

Contact our Solicitors now!

Contact us now. Solicitors on Your Side can offer you free advice and consultations. Our solicitors can help you on a “no win-no fee” basis. That means there will be no hidden fees, and everything can be done over the phone from anywhere in the UK.

Contact us today by phoning 0330 912 2124, emailing [email protected], or by using our website by filling out an online form.

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