As a lifelong illness, Diabetes can have a devastating effect on your life. When diabetes is misdiagnosed or incorrectly treated the results can be life changing or even life threatening. Most of the complications experienced by diabetes sufferers can be lessened or avoided by appropriate action. The charity diabetes UK estimate that one in 17 people in the UK has diabetes.
There are several types of diabetes from the common (type 1 and type 2) to the more uncommon such as Gestational, Alstrom Syndrome and Wolfram Syndrome.
It is important that the correct diagnosis of diabetes is made because each are treat using a different method. Incorrectly diagnosing the type of diabetes you have as well as failing to diagnose diabetes is all too common.
How Is Diabetes Diagnosed
Diabetes is diagnosed by performing a series of tests to highlight blood glucose levels, urine glucose levels. Testing also takes the form of Fasting plasma glucose tests, HbA1c tests and Oral glucose tolerance tests.
To diagnose the correct type of diabetes, urine keytone tests, GAD autoantibodies tests or c-peptide tests may also be used.
It is estimated that only 20.8% of diabetic patients are achieving the targets recommended to reduce their risk of developing complications in diabetes. Diabetes UK advise that 80% or 4 in every 5 cases of amputation could have been avoidable.
Diabetes can often bring on other illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, eye disease and amputation to name just a few.
There are short term complications such as hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS).
There are also complications classed as long term which include retinopathy (eye complications), cardiovascular disease (heart complications), nephropathy (Kidney complications) and neuropathy (Nerve complications) as well as amputation.
Means low blood sugar levels and usually you would feel shaky, sweaty, hungry, tired and you may experience blurred vision, difficulty in concentrating, headaches, mood changes and paler skin.
Is a life threatening complication and should be treat as a medical emergency. It occurs when there is a severe lack of insulin therefore the body is unable to get its energy from blood sugar so it uses other body tissue and breaks it down.
Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state
Occurs in type 2 sufferers who experience very high blood sugar levels. Insulin is needed so that cells can absorb blood sugar for energy.
In diabetes sufferers is where high blood sugar levels damage the retina and in extreme circumstances can cause blindness.
Occurs because blood vessels are damaged by high blood sugar levels.
Is more common in diabetes sufferers because kidney disease is caused by damaged small blood vessels.
Again small blood vessels are damaged by diabetes which supply the nervous system. This prevents essential nutrients getting to the nerves which in turn either damages or causes nerve fibres to disappear.
Is a deformity of the bone which can lead to serious damage and disability in the form of amputation, this is known as Charcot amputation. Some diabetics suffer from severe nerve damage or neuropathy which causes the person to have balance problems and walk in an un-natural way. This can lead to bone deformity and eventually joints collapsing. With reduced feeling, injuries can often go for long periods un-noticed.
You may have suffered diabetic negligence if a medical professional didn’t do the following things:
- Examine you properly
- Refer you for all the correct tests
- Correctly interpret test results
- Refer you to a specialist where required
- Give you the correct advice on how to manage your condition
- Correctly medicate for your diabetes type and you suffered an injury from it
- Give the correct treatment for your condition
You may have a claim for medical negligence if:
- You were not prescribed the correct medication
- You had to have an amputation that was avoidable
- Diabetic complications excluding amputation
- You, or a loved one, were not given a care plan and the results were fatal
How being misdiagnosed can harm your health
Below is a real case of diabetes misdiagnosis our team helped with. The name used is not the client’s real name.
Mr Jones was diagnosed 14 years ago, but last year he started to feel unwell. He visited his nurse and she sent him to a specialist. Once there the specialist nurse did some tests and found that he was type 2 diabetic, not type 1 diabetic.
Type 2 diabetes is diet controlled, which means that Mr Jones had been incorrectly treat for 14 years.
Mr Jones was told that if he didn’t follow medical advice regarding treating his type 2 diabetes he would die, and he gave up his job as he felt that the tests required to continue would be too much hassle.
The medicine made him feel depressed, he suffered from headaches and stomach issues which lead to a colonoscopy.
How can we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Negligence Claimline are specialists in compensation claims for diabetes. We have helped many people make a claim for compensation in areas of diabetes misdiagnosis, undiagnosed diabetes, delayed diabetic treatment and complications arising from diabetes.
Our panel solicitors are legal specialists in making clinical negligence claims so you can rest assured that if medical negligence has occurred Negligence Claimline is the company to contact.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
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If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.