Amputation Claims for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Amputation Claims for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

When you are diabetic there are lots
of complications beyond the fact that you have got different blood
sugars to everybody else. People with diabetes can suffer from
what is called peripheral artery disease which means that the blood flow and
the blood vessels to the legs and feet are narrowed which means that
there is reduced blood flow. That can often result in what is
known as a diabetic foot ulcer, and those ulcers can deteriorate,
become infected and if they’re not managed and treated appropriately
the wound can deteriorate to such an extent that it inevitably
results in an amputation. People with diabetes are 15 times
more likely to suffer an amputation than somebody without diabetes,
and more than 80% of amputations begin with a foot ulcer. In my experience although amputations
following the development of a diabetic foot ulcer aren’t common, it is something
that both the patient and all of their treating clinicians need to bear in mind
may be the last resort if the intervention isn’t quick enough and the
management isn’t correct. Patients suffering from diabetic foot
ulcers need to have their condition managed very carefully and they need to
have wounds dressed and regularly changed. The wounds also need to be managed
and observed frequently to ensure that they are not getting in worse, so it’s really
helpful if there can be consistency in care in nurses reviewing your wound
to check that it is not getting any worse. There are often a number of people
involved in a patient’s care that could and should identify a foot ulcer, whether
that be a community or district nurse, a GP attending upon a client at home or
indeed in a general practice setting, or whilst the patient’s in hospital. These cases can potentially be quite
high value due to the issues of mobility or potentially somebody losing their job
as a result of the negligent treatment. An amputation can be one of
the most devastating things that can happen to an individual. It is going to lead to a lifelong reliance
on walking and mobility aids, there might be some prosthetics that need
to be put in place, people often have to move home because the home that
they’re in needs too many adaptations to that house so that they can live in
and move around it comfortably. If a patient has had to have an
amputation that could have been avoided then the costs associated with making
those adaptations and/or moving home can be recovered as part of the claim. If someone feels that the care they
have received in respect to a diabetic foot ulcer has fallen below an
appropriate standard, their we are more than happy to discuss a potential claim. A claim for compensation following
a negligent amputation can hope to put somebody back somewhere near
the position they would have been in if they’d got the treatment they needed
and been able to avoid that amputation, that is the ultimate aim of
the medical negligence case.

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