If your condition was made worse by negligence, we can help
Diabetes is a serious condition and it can be very difficult to come to terms with a diagnosis. At such a stressful time, the last thing you expect is for a doctor or hospital to cause your condition to get worse.
While most medical staff work to a very high standard, sometimes mistakes and negligence do still happen and it's unfair that you should be left to deal with the consequences.
If you've received poor treatment or delayed diagnosis for diabetes and it's made your condition worse, then we may be able to help you make a compensation claim so you can get the support you need.
You can get in touch with us for free, impartial advice on . We're here to answer your questions and can help you understand whether we think you have a claim, but we'll never pressure you into taking the next steps.
Types of diabetes
All types of diabetes can have serious complications if not treated properly or diagnosed quickly. With any type of diabetes, it's important that you're closely monitored by doctors so that they can keep the risk as low as possible.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is the most serious kind, and is present from birth. It's unclear what causes this type of diabetes, but people with a family member who also have diabetes are at higher risk.
People who have type 1 diabetes need medication to keep their blood sugar levels under control - this can include daily insulin injections.
Type 2 diabetes
Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is often caused by lifestyle factors such as overeating and obesity, but can also be affected by family history.
Some people with this type of diabetes can keep blood sugar levels under control through diet and exercise, but might also need medication and treatment.
During pregnancy, women are at risk of developing gestational diabetes - lifestyle factors and family history put you at higher risk. If you have one or more ‘risk factors', your doctor should give you a screening.
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of gestational diabetes can cause complications for the mother as well as the baby. In some cases, it can even lead to premature birth, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of diabetes
Two of the main types of medical negligence which can cause complications for diabetes sufferers are delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis.
If you're clearly at risk of diabetes, doctors should closely monitor you to make sure the condition doesn't develop. And once your condition has been diagnosed, you should have regular check-ups with a doctor to make sure you don't need any prescription changes and that your treatment is going to plan.
Delayed diagnosis can often happen due to poor communication between your GP and the hospital, or your GP might fail to refer you in the first place. In some rare cases, your diabetes might have gone completely unnoticed by a doctor.
How compensation can help
Everyone has the right to feel that they're in safe hands when they visit a doctor or hospital - especially when it comes to properly diagnosing and treating a serious condition like diabetes.
Compensation can help you get the money you need to cover the costs your condition has caused so far, as well as the effects it will have on your life in the future.
As well as the cost of prescriptions, time off work, private treatment, travel and accommodation, our solicitors will also take the emotional impacts of your condition into consideration. For example, they'll include:
- Any hobbies or social activities you've missed out on
- The effect it's had on your family and loved ones
- Your mental wellbeing and health
We'll also usually be able to make your claim on a no win no fee basis, which means you won't need to pay our solicitors' fees if your claim isn't successful.
How to know whether you could make a claim
We know it can be difficult to tell whether you could make a diabetes claim.
We can usually help you if you received poor medical treatment which caused your condition to get worse. In most cases, it needs to have been three years or less since you first realised you were affected by negligent treatment.
Our legally trained advisors are here to help you understand whether you can make a claim - you can speak to us for free on . We'll listen to everything you say, and can pass you on to one of our specialist solicitors if you decide you'd like to go ahead.