Diabetes Compensation Claims

If you have developed complications from diabetes arising from poor medical care, you may qualify to make a claim to help compensate you for the damage. The JMW team can provide the expertise and guidance you need to ensure your claim succeeds.

Our experience in diabetes negligence compensation claims means we understand your situation and are well-placed to help you. We take many cases on a no win, no fee agreement and if you call our friendly and sympathetic solicitors now, we will listen to your story and help you decide whether to pursue a compensation claim. For a free, no-obligation assessment of your case, call us on 0800 054 6512 or fill out our online enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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Delays In Diagnosis

If doctors and nurses do not heed signs and symptoms of diabetes, this can lead to a delay in diagnosis and the condition going unchecked and therefore untreated.

Any delay in diagnosing diabetes, or any misdiagnosis can lead to a patient developing complications, so it is important that when this happens the patient seeks specialist legal advice to find out if he or she can make a claim in order to get an explanation, an apology and financial help in managing the condition and dealing with the impact.

Poor Care and Management

Prompt diagnosis of diabetes is crucial, but proper care and management of the condition can make the difference between remaining healthy and developing serious side-effects. Healthcare workers must provide advice and treatment that allows diabetic sufferers to stay safe in order to prevent injury.

Likewise, if someone with diabetes develops complications, such as problems with their feet caused by the blood being restricted, then medical professionals must provide an acceptable standard of care to avoid a situation in which the patient requires an amputation.

JMW has a strong track record of representing patients who have suffered poor care for their diabetes and diabetic complications and can help victims secure compensation in order to better live with this condition.

Inadequate Care In the Community

Some diabetic patients require care in the community to manage their condition and any complications that have arisen as a result. For example, vulnerable or elderly patients may need regular visits from district nurses in their own home in order to keep them safe.

However, if this care is inadequate then the patient may suffer an avoidable injury. The specialist solicitors at JMW have helped numerous patients affected by poor care in the community to win their case against the healthcare trust responsible and can provide free advice about your potential claim for compensation.

FAQs

  1. What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

    The symptoms of diabetes include:

    • Continually feeling very thirsty
    • Frequent urination, particularly at night
    • Extreme tiredness
    • Unexpected and unexplained weight loss (Type 1 only)

  2. What Are the Consequences of Diabetes?

    The consequences of diabetes can be very serious. However, with good medical care and medication it can be controlled safely, allowing sufferers to lead a normal life.

    Patients must monitor of blood sugar levels and take regular injections of insulin in order to avoid the harmful effects of diabetes. High blood sugar levels can cause damage to the veins and arteries.

    Over time, this damage, can restrict the blood supply to the limbs and affect the heart and other internal organs as well as the eyes, leading to serious problems, including:

    • Heart disease
    • Limb amputations
    • Blindness and vision problems
    • Memory problems

    In addition, because people with diabetes rely on medication to maintain their blood sugar at a healthy level, any mistakes made with the administration of insulin could cause levels to drop to an unsafe point. This can cause hypoglycaemia (very low blood sugar), which can lead to the sufferer falling into a diabetic coma if not treated promptly. Hypoglycaemia can cause brain damage and is potentially fatal if not treated with extreme urgency.

Why Choose JMW?

JMW understands that a diagnosis of diabetes can affect all aspects of your life. Our sympathetic and understanding solicitors will listen to your story in complete confidence and at no cost to you, and we take many cases on a no win, no fee basis.

Our team is headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones and is considered among the best of its type across England and Wales. Indeed, we have a number of solicitors who are members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and are members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor's panel.

Talk to Us

If you or someone you love has suffered from complications of diabetes due to poor medical care, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation. For an initial chat, call us on 0800 054 6512 or fill in our online enquiry form and someone will call you as soon as possible. 

Further Reading - Diabetes Explained

Diabetes is a serious condition that causes a person's blood sugar to be too high. It has two forms, Type 1 and Type 2, and a person with diabetes needs to carefully manage and control the condition with medication and good care; otherwise, consequences can include:

  • Avoidable limb amputation
  • Vision problems and blindness
  • Heart disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain damage
  • Death

Due to the obesity crisis, the number of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is rising significantly and therefore the number of related negligence claims will also likely continue to increase.

Type 1 diabetes is a disease of the immune system and sufferers are generally diagnosed when they are children or young adults.  Sufferers of type 2 diabetes generally contract the condition later in life as a result of lifestyle factors including being overweight and eating a diet high in sugar. If not diagnosed promptly and treated appropriately by the medical profession, the complications listed above can have a devastating impact on a patient's quality of life and on their whole families. Making a claim for compensation can help enable people who have developed life-changing complications to cope

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition of the immune system. The immune system exists to protect us from disease or infection, but with 'autoimmune conditions' such as diabetes, the system mistakenly attacks healthy cells.

In the case of Type 1 diabetes, this the system attacks cells in the pancreas (responsible for producing insulin to process blood sugar) causing damage or even destruction of those cells. This in turn means that the pancreas cannot produce insulin and this leads to excess sugar in the blood.

Although researchers have yet to determine what causes Type 1 diabetes, in many cases it is thought to be hereditary and those with a close family member with the condition are at greater risk. According to the NHS Choices website, some researchers also believe that Type 1 diabetes could potentially be triggered by a viral infection.

Type 2 Diabetes

Far more people are affected by Type 2 diabetes - which is caused by lifestyle factors - than Type 1 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, consistent overeating and high levels of sugar associated with obesity cause the pancreas to release high amounts of insulin regularly. Over time, the body becomes resistant to the insulin and it stops working as effectively to process sugar, or not at all. This causes blood sugar levels to reach the dangerous levels associated with diabetes.

To find out more about who is at risk of Type 2 diabetes, see our handy infographic here.

Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women can also suffer from a condition called gestational diabetes. Find out more about gestational diabetes and how sufferers might be affected by medical negligence here.

Find out more about who is at risk of gestational diabetes with our useful infographic here



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