Medical Negligence Claims

Diabetes Claims

Diabetes misdiagnosis is unfortunately an all too common error made by medical professionals, and its effects can change your life.

As the country’s largest medical negligence department, our solicitors have experience helping with a range of compensation claims relating to the misdiagnosis and poor treatment of diabetes.

We work hard to pinpoint when you should have been diagnosed with the illness and if other complications could have been avoided. Some of the most serious effects include:

  • Amputation
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, and we’ll make sure that your compensation takes into account your needs as a diabetic. Whether you’re a type 1 or type 2 diabetic, we could help you claim compensation for:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Adjustments to your home
  • Help with care
  • Specialist treatment and equipment

We believe strongly in the importance of rehabilitation, and it’s a vital part of diabetes compensation claims. Most of our cases are funded on a No Win No Fee* basis, so you won’t have to worry about legal fees during your claim.

Having helped thousands of people get answers, we have the experience and expertise to make a difference in your claim.

If you’re worried that you’ve been affected by diabetes negligence, contact us today for a free initial consultation about your case.


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Diabetes Claims - More Information
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • In most medical negligence cases, you have three years to make a compensation claim, starting from the date your injury happened or the date you first became aware that your injury was a result of negligence). For children, this three year period begins on their 18th birthday, so you have until they’re 21 to make a claim.

      If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 121 6567.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Our Other Teams Can Help
    • Because we’re a full-service law firm, we also have a number of other in-house teams with specialist knowledge in areas such as rehabilitation, Wills and asset management.

      Rehabilitation

      We see rehabilitation as key and will make sure that you can access the care and support services you need to lead the best life possible. Our client liaison managers can provide support and information to you and your family, helping you with many of the other problems you may face, such as employment and benefit issues.

      Public Law

      Our Public Law department can offer advice on Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014. The Act made sweeping reforms to child welfare legislation, affecting young people with special education needs under the age of 25. It replaced statements of special educational needs and learning difficulty assessments with a combined Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan).

      Please follow this link for more information on the Children and Families Act, along with factsheets and template letters.

      Asset Management

      Our Asset Management team can provide advice on how your compensation could be best invested. We also have Court of Protection lawyers who can set up personal injury trusts and make sure you have access to the benefits you’re entitled to.

    • Meet Our Experts
    • As the largest medical negligence department in the country, our solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides.

      We have years of experience in securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a consequence of medical errors. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we make sure that we understand the care and support you need.

      Getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened can be just as important as the compensation award. We’ll take the necessary steps to help you make a complaint and will campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

      Meet the team

They were always there to answer my questions and queries when I was at my most vulnerable and they persevered to obtain the best possible result."

Lisa, client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Counts As Negligent Treatment Of Diabetes?

Doctors, clinicians, nurses and healthcare workers all operate under good practice guidelines for the treatment and management of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Thankfully, as with all areas of healthcare, the vast majority of treatment is skilled, diligent and without complication. However, it’s sometimes the case that…

… these minimum levels of competence aren’t followed.

You might be able to claim for medical negligence in the treatment of your diabetes if:

  • You weren’t prescribed the appropriate medication (for example, insulin or the correct blood pressure drugs)
  • A care plan was not drawn up
  • Your diabetes wasn’t monitored properly (either as an in-patient or an out-patient)
  • You had a surgical procedure (such as an amputation) which was unnecessary or avoidable
  • A loved one has died as a result of negligent management of their diabetes

We’ll investigate your case thoroughly, working out what went wrong in the treatment of your diabetes and how any errors could have been avoided. Please phone us on 0800 121 6567 for more information about making a claim.

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What Kinds Of Diabetes Misdiagnosis Are There?

Medical professionals have set procedures to follow when diagnosing and treating diabetes. But the failure to follow these processes can result in delayed diagnoses or misdiagnoses.

Our lawyers can also help if you were diagnosed with diabetes later than you should have been or initially misdiagnosed with another condition such as pancreatitis.

We have experience in dealing with claims if you were wrongly diagnosed with:

  • Diabetes
  • Type 1 diabetes, when you actually have Type 2
  • Type 2 diabetes, when you actually have Type 1

If you think you’ve received substandard treatment for diabetes, our solicitors could help you work out exactly how and when the mistakes were made. You may have a claim for compensation if you weren’t:

  • Examined properly
  • Referred for tests, or for all the tests you should have had
  • Referred to a specialist when you should have been
  • Given the correct advice

Our medical negligence solicitors have experience in many kinds of diabetes claims, so you can rest assured that we’ll have the knowledge to make a successful compensation claim on your behalf. Contact us online or phone 0800 121 6567 to speak to one of our legal experts about making a claim.

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What Are The Complications Of Diabetes Misdiagnosis And Negligent Treatment?

An accurate and early diagnosis is key to managing diabetes, and can prevent the need for surgery or other treatments later on. The consequences of diabetes can be severe, with the most serious potential effects including:

  • Amputation
  • Blindness
  • Heart attacks
  • Kidney failure
  • Strokes

Foot Care
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes you’ll no doubt be aware of the importance of foot care. What may seem like an innocuous cut might lead to a more serious infection. Left untreated, ulcers might get worse and, in extreme cases, amputation can take place. It’s vital that diabetic people receive adequate wound care and podiatry.

Retinopathy
Retinopathy, a disease of the retina, is a common complication of diabetes. If the blood vessels in the retina become damaged, prompt treatment is the key to retaining maximum vision. Diabetic people should receive regular eye screening as part of a health check.

Urological Problems
Blood vessels in the kidney can cause problems if they become blocked. Without treatment, infections develop and the kidneys don’t function properly, leading to much more serious problems and, in severe cases, kidney failure.

Cardiovascular Problems
Someone with diabetes has an increased risk of developing cardiovascular problems. This includes strokes and heart attacks, so it’s important therefore that blood pressure is kept under control.

Diabetes is a life-changing condition, but misdiagnosis and poor treatment can increase its impact greatly. We’ve seen the effect that negligence has on our clients, so we know the important role that rehabilitation plays in their treatment.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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We know how important rehabilitation is.

Our medical negligence solicitors work closely with rehabilitation specialists to ensure that our clients receive the support they need. We’re proud to have won Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.


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