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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 done. The solicitors at JMW 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.
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 from an experienced solicitor 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.
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 flow being restricted, medical professionals must provide an acceptable standard of care to avoid a situation in which the patient requires an amputation.
JMW Solicitors 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.
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 clinical negligence 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.
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
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 develop 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, 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.
Diabetes is a serious condition that needs to carefully managed and controlled with medication and good care. However, being aware of the early warning signs and symptoms of diabetes can help you get a head start on seeking the help you need. In our animation, 'How much do you know about diabetes?', find out more about these warning signs.
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, 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.
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.
The disease is often associated with obesity and people who are overweight. However, there are many more reasons why people may be at risk of type 2 diabetes. In the infographic below, we explore the various reasons why some people may be more susceptible to the condition, including their family history, ethnicity and age.
To see the full infographic, click the image below and click again to zoom in.
By adopting healthy eating and exercise habits, people who have Type 2 diabetes can dramatically improve their wellbeing and, in some cases, even reserve the condition. In the infographic below, we examine the different ways in which your health can be improved through diet and exercise.
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If you developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy and feel you were not treated quickly and appropriately, leading to physical harm, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Gestational diabetes affects women during pregnancy when unusually high levels of glucose are developed within the blood. The amount of glucose in the blood is usually controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, but during pregnancy your body becomes more resistant to the hormone so that the extra glucose and other nutrients are able to pass to the unborn baby and help it grow.
To counter this the body should produce more insulin, but sometimes women cannot produce the amount of insulin required to ensure the glucose is transported to the body's cells. This is called gestational diabetes.
You are at increased risk of gestational diabetes if you:
- Are overweight
- Are of South Asian or African descent
- Are over 25 years of age
- Have a parent with Type 2 diabetes
- Suffer from prediabetes
- Have previously given birth to a large baby
Our infographic below explains the various factors that can make a woman more likely to develop the disease. These include their age, ethnicity and medical history.
To see the full infographic, click the image below:
Gestational diabetes brings with it a number of signs and symptoms, including:
- Blurred vision
- Increased thirst
- A dry mouth
- Recurring infections
- Needing to urinate frequently
According to the NHS, every pregnant woman with one or more risk factors should be offered a screening test for gestational diabetes at their first antenatal appointment.
In addition, a glucose tolerance test (GTT) should take place between weeks 24 and 28 of pregnancy to see how your body is dealing with the heightened level of glucose.
If you were not offered these tests and developed gestational diabetes, or if you were offered the tests and you were misdiagnosed, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If the condition is not treated appropriately or is misdiagnosed, it could affect you and your baby, causing complications that can include:
- Premature birth
- Low blood sugar and other health problems following birth
- Newborn jaundice
- Respiratory distress syndrome
- Increased chances of developing Type 2 diabetes
- Macrosomia - your baby weighing more than 4kg
- Shoulder dystocia
If you have suffered from any of these complications and think they could have been avoided, get in touch with our specialist solicitors.
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)
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.
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 we take many claims 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 panel.