When diabetes is not diagnosed or treated, it can lead to devastating consequences for the patient. If you believe that you have suffered harm due to a medical error, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Rochester medical malpractice attorneys are ready to evaluate the merits of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. With decades of experience, we know how to resolve complex medical malpractice cases.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in an abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and heightened levels of glucose (blood sugar) in the blood stream and urine. In short, diabetes is a disease in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. It is a complex condition, which can affect the entire body. In fact, it is a chronic, debilitating, and sometimes deadly disease. There is no cure for the condition; it simply has to be managed properly.
Unfortunately, diabetes is more common than you may think and represents a growing health problem in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million adults in the U.S. are currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes conditions. Sadly, in 2015, approximately 9.4 percent of the country’s population was diabetic. That same year, it was the seventh-leading cause of death in the nation.
Physicians who treat individuals with diabetes have an obligation to provide competent care. A failure to treat diabetes properly can lead to a drastically reduced quality of life. For example, people with diabetes are at risk for a number of adverse health consequences, such as blindness, kidney failure, diabetic foot ulcers, or the amputation of a limb due to negligent treatment.
If you believe you have suffered harm due to a missed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, mismanagement, or some other problematic conduct on the part of the physician, you may be able to sue for malpractice. Medical malpractice takes place when a physician causes an injury or death by failing to use the appropriate level of care in that situation. The appropriate level of care refers to the type of care that a prudent physician in the same specialty would have used under the same or similar circumstances. In short, medical malpractice occurs when a physician causes harm by providing substandard care.
The value of a diabetes malpractice case depends on the nature and extent of the harm suffered. A plaintiff can typically recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost wages due to missed work, costs of future care, disability, and any other losses stemming from the malpractice.
If you suspect that negligence played a role in your poor result or injury, you should have a skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorney review the case. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we can thoroughly review the circumstances surrounding your harm to determine if you have a viable claim. For a free consultation, call us at 315-479-9000 or reach out to us online.
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