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Diabetes is a serious condition that is often difficult to accept. However, for effective treatment to be administered, prompt and accurate diagnosis is crucial. Unfortunately, diabetes misdiagnosis is quite common and the effects of late or missed diabetes diagnosis can be life changing. If treatment is delayed, the patient may suffer lifelong disabilities and there may even be fatal consequences.
While most medical professionals uphold a high standard of care and provide prompt and accurate diabetes diagnosis, mistakes happen on occasion. If you have received poor or delayed treatment due to diabetes misdiagnosis, then you may be entitled to a diabetes misdiagnosis compensation claim.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition which occurs as a result of the body’s failure to produce insulin and regulate the blood sugar levels.
When food enters the body system, the insulin helps to move glucose from your bloodstream into the cells for energy and storage. In a patient with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose (sugar) for energy production. This happens either because the insulin does not function properly (type 1 diabetes), or there is not enough insulin for glucose to energy conversion (type 2 diabetes).
Symptoms of Diabetes
Some of the symptoms associated with diabetes include:
- Blurred vision
- Frequent urination (especially at night)
- Weight loss
- Excessive thirst
- Increased hunger
- Low mood and irritability
How is Diabetes Diagnosed?
Diabetes diagnosis is the same for both Type 1 and 2. If your GP believes you may have diabetes, they will ask that you take a simple urine test. If your test is glucose positive, then a blood test for diabetes will be conducted. This is usually a straightforward process and, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your GP will recommend a treatment procedure for you.
What is Diabetes Misdiagnosis?
This is a term that describes a situation where a health professional provides diagnosis based on the symptoms they observe and the tests conducted, but the diagnosis is wrong. For instance, a patient may have been told that they have high blood pressure, but they actually have diabetes.
Am I Entitled to a Diabetes Misdiagnosis Claim?
Our expert misdiagnosis claims solicitors know it can be difficult to tell whether you are eligible to make diabetes misdiagnosis claim for medical negligence. But we also know that there can be severe implications if your diabetes is left untreated due to misdiagnosis. If you think you have received substandard medical care after being diagnosed with diabetes late or your diagnosis was missed/incorrect, and your condition has been made worse as a result, our solicitors can provide the legal support you need to make a compensation claim against those responsible.
How Compensation Can Help
As a patient, you have the right to feel safe while under the care of a health professional or hospital – especially as it concerns timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment. When this does not happen and you suffer as a result, financial settlement may not undo the damage caused by misdiagnosis. However, it can help provide the resources you need to cover the costs associated with your care, as well as its potential future effects.
In addition to making claims for your loss of earnings, medical expenses and travel costs, our misdiagnosis claims solicitors can also help you make diabetes misdiagnosis compensation claims for the emotional impact of your condition. This could include the effect on your health and wellbeing, loved ones and any hobbies you have missed as a result.
Time Limit for Making Diabetes Misdiagnosis Claims
If you are considering making a diabetes misdiagnosis claim, it is important that you start the claim (by issuing court proceedings) within three years from the date of the negligent treatment or three years from the date you first became aware that mistakes were made during your care. If you do not start a claim within this period, your will likely be unable to take your case any further.
There are two exceptions to this rule: in cases involving children or where the victim has passed away as a result of the misdiagnosis. In these cases, the three-year time limit begins from the child’s 18th birthday and, in where the result is fatal, from the date of death.
In some misdiagnosis cases involving missed diabetes diagnosis or significantly delayed diabetes diagnosis, it can be difficult to know when the time limit begins and expires. If you are unsure about the time limit for your claim, get in touch with one of our specialist misdiagnosis claims solicitors who will evaluate your case and let you know the best course of action.
No Win No Fee Diabetes Misdiagnosis Claims
At Medical Negligence Direct, we do not believe your financial capacity should prevent you from seeking top quality legal support. This is why we manage the vast majority of claims on a No Win No Fee basis. So, whether you are making a claim against the NHS or a private practitioner, you do not have to pay any upfront fees and you do not pay any legal fees at all if your claim is unsuccessful.
Proving that the injury you suffered was due to medical negligence can be difficult, but it crucial to the success of your claim. Before you make any decision, our specialist solicitors will assess your case and offer their professional advice. Under the No Win No Fee agreement, you will have expert legal support and representation at no financial risk to you.
How Our Misdiagnosis Claims Solicitors Can Help
Diabetes misdiagnosis can be complex, which is why you need the support of a specialist solicitor. When you contact Medical Negligence Direct, you will be assigned the dedicated details of an expert solicitor who will discuss details of your situation and determine whether you have valid grounds for a claim. If you can make a claim, we will let you know what steps to take before proceeding with the claim. With this out of the way, we will contact the other party to let them know of your intentions and request that they accept responsibility.
Our claims management process is always client-focused; while we provide legal advice, you are under no obligation to use or instruct the solicitors we work with. Ultimately, our goal is to help you seek the maximum compensation possible within the shortest timescale, and with little to no stress to you.
Get in touch with Medical Negligence Direct today on 0800 644 4240 or fill out our claims assessment form and we will call you back to discuss how we can help.