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Diabetes is a well-known condition that many people die of every year worldwide as it can sometimes be difficult to detect early enough so that treatment is effective such that the condition is managed.
Diabetes causes around 100 amputations a week and is also linked to one in 10 deaths. Screening is already being offered for diabetes retinopathy, an eye problem which can lead to blindness if left untreated. A failure to diagnose and treat diabetes may result in a number of medical complications to include heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, amputations and even death.
Diabetes is a condition where glucose accumulates in the blood because of insufficient/faulty insulin production. Insulin enables cells to absorb glucose in order to turn it into energy.
There are three main types of diabetes known as Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes:
There are a number of recognised symptoms of diabetes which include increased urinations, increased thirst and unexplained weight loss. Other symptoms can include fatigue, blurred vision, increased hunger and sores that do not heal. Early in the disease type 2 diabetes may present with no symptoms. Blood tests are used to diagnose diabetes. Laboratory analysis of blood is needed to ensure tests are accurate. Glucose measuring devices used in a healthcare provider’s office such as finger stick devices are not accurate enough for diagnosis but may be used as a quick indicator of high blood glucose.
Testing enables healthcare providers to diagnose and treat diabetes before complications occur and to find and treat pre-diabetes which can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. Unfortunately, in some cases there may be a delay in diagnosis by a medical practitioner which was avoidable and may connote medical negligence.
The effects for diabetes can have both short-term and long-term complications. The long-term complications are due to the high blood glucose levels damaging the blood vessels and causing chronic health conditions which include:
Given the complications, it is vital to ensure that blood glucose levels are kept to as near normal as possible and importantly that appropriate education, monitoring and action is undertaken to prevent complications occurring or to treat complications early.
We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where:
If you or a loved one has suffered unnecessary death or disability as a result of poor diabetes care, we would be happy to discuss the treatment and care you have received and advise you as to whether you may have a claim for compensation.
Whilst dealing with your claim we can advise you on your benefit rights and on dealing with any debts which may have arisen due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also advise on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst progressing your claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Denise Deakin. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.