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Can I claim if there was misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis of diabetes?

Around 3.7 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK.* Discovering that you or a loved one has diabetes, can often come as a shock. However, with the correct diagnosis and treatment diabetes can be managed. It is vital that if you or a loved one do have any of the symptoms associated with diabetes that you see your GP as soon as possible. Sometimes, even after repeated visits to the GP, diabetes can still go undiagnosed which causes complications. 

What is diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where your blood glucose level is too high because your body can’t make the hormone insulin.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes include excessive urination, extreme thirst and tiredness. With the right treatment and care, the long-term effects of diabetes and high glucose levels can be managed.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a long term condition that occurs when the insulin your pancreas makes doesn’t work properly or your pancreas is failing to make enough insulin.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to type 1, but also include cuts and grazes healing slowly and an individual getting infections such as thrush.

Complications from a delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis of diabetes can be extremely serious and have lifelong implications, in some cases these can even be fatal. If diabetes goes untreated, the high blood sugar in the body can affect various cells and organs in the body. Possible complications include amputation, blindness, kidney problems (often leading to dialysis), heart disease and stroke.

If you believe a diagnosis of diabetes was delayed or misdiagnosed, you may be able to bring a medical negligence claim.

Claiming compensation for a delay in diagnosis or a misdiagnosis can go towards providing lifelong support for the individual and anyone else affected.

For more information, contact us on 01603 877000.

*www.diabetes.org.uk

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