Diabetes is a serious medical condition which has been on the rise in the United Kingdom for some time. Although there are different forms of diabetes, the condition usually refers to someone having abnormally high blood sugar levels either because their body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t respond properly to the insulin that it produces. As insulin is what converts sugar into energy, diabetes can cause serious health problems if left untreated.
Diabetes – watch for the symptoms
If you’ve had symptoms such as frequent urination, excess weight loss, fatigue or blurred vision, you may have been to see your doctor to be tested for diabetes. As diabetes can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, it is possible that you may have been incorrectly diagnosed. Similarly, it could be even more serious if your doctor misdiagnoses diabetes when you do not, in fact, have the condition as, when left untreated, it can result in conditions such as retinopathy, loss of vision and even impotence.
In some cases, even a delay in diagnosis can mean that your condition might worsen. In any of these situations, a patient may well have a legal claim against the doctor treating them. When we are unwell or think we may have a serious medical condition, we trust our doctors to make the right decisions and to diagnose and treat our conditions correctly. Where that has not happened as expected, our trust in the National Health Service is severely diminished and there could be serious long-term consequences for our health.
Diabetes, medical negligence and links to antipsychotic drugs
In addition to the direct issues listed above, a number of studies have recently linked certain antipsychotic drugs such as Seroquel, Zyprexa and Risperdal to blood sugar disorders such as hyperglycaemia and diabetes. If you have been taking antipsychotic medication or medication used to treat any form of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or any other form of mania disorder and have gone on to develop symptoms of diabetes, you should speak to one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors at your earliest convenience as it is possible that there may be a direct causal link between the medication and the onset of diabetes.
Diabetes and making a medical negligence claim
Speaking to a specialist medical negligence solicitor will allow you to find out whether or not there has been an instance of serious medical negligence in connection with your diabetes or incorrect diagnosis. If the solicitor deems that there may be a legal claim for compensation, he or she will be able to advise you as to the next steps to take in order to obtain justice. Diabetes is a serious medical condition and the ramifications of missed diagnoses, delays in diagnosis or issues caused by other medication should not be underestimated.
Diabetes – don’t delay your medical negligence claim
If you feel you may have been affected by any of the issues mentioned here, or have any other concerns regarding diabetes and the possibility of medical negligence, you should contact us as quickly as possible so that we can assess your case. In many situations, there is a time limit for bringing about a medical negligence compensation claim so it is really important that you contact us as soon as you can.
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