Diabetic Complications

Most of the complications experienced by diabetes sufferers can be lessened or avoided by appropriate action. Learn more about making complications with diabetes claims below.

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Diabetic Complications

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.

There are short term complications such as hypoglycaemia, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic 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.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis

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 hyperglycaemic 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.

Cardiovascular disease

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.

Charcot Foot

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 the correct treatment for your condition
  • Incorrectly medicate your diabetes type
  • Give you the correct advice on how to manage your condition

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.

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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