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Diabetes Compensation Claims

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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 12th March, 2024

We've got your Diabetes Compensation Claim covered

Diabetes Compensation Claims


In the UK, more than 4.9 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, with this figure set to rise to 5.5 million by 2030. Those with diabetes are more likely to suffer from health complications so it is crucial to get an early and accurate diagnosis. If you have suffered from medical errors related to your diabetes, you may be entitled to compensation 


Making a Diabetes Compensation Claim


Sadly, some cases of diabetes go unnoticed or are misdiagnosed as another condition. When you put your trust and, often your life, in the hands of medical staff, it can be devastating if a mistake occurs. Our specialist diabetes negligence solicitors will guide and support you throughout the legal process. From the first call to the end result we will:


  • Tell you if you are able to proceed with a diabetes claim
  • Explain what evidence you will need to provide
  • Find out how and why medical negligence occurred
  • Tell you how much compensation you could be entitled to

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What is a Diabetes Compensation Claim?

It is important that people with diabetes receive a quick diagnosis so that they can begin treatment. However, sometimes health providers fail in their duty of care when it comes to diabetes diagnosis and treatment. This is considered medical negligence. 


There are two main types of diabetes:


TYPE 1: Your body is unable to produce enough of the hormone that controls blood glucose (insulin), which can cause the sugar levels in your blood to become too high. 


TYPE 2: Also causes the level of blood sugar to become too high and is often linked to weight or having a family history of Type 2 diabetes


The type of diabetes you have should not impact on your care and no patient should suffer medical negligence in their diabetes diagnosis or treatment.


Types of Diabetes Compensation Claims


The impact of misdiagnosed diabetes or failure to administer the correct treatment can, in some cases, be life altering. We have helped diabetes patients claim compensation for a range of illnesses and injuries including: 


  • Amputation
  • Loss of sight/blindness
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Kidney failure
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Nerve disorders
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Heart disease


If you have experienced any of the above as a consequence of your diabetes diagnosis and treatment, then we can help you understand if you have a claim for medical negligence. 


Gestational Diabetes Claims


Gestational diabetes can cause pregnant women to have blood glucose levels so high that their body is unable to produce enough insulin. If caught early on, this condition can be well managed, however, complications can occur if the condition is missed, such as: 


  • Abnormal growth of the baby, leading to delivery difficulties
  • Premature birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth


How Do I Know If I can Make a Diabetes Compensation Claim?


Our medical negligence specialists have represented many victims of diabetes negligence. It would need to be proven that inadequate care directly caused the consequences associated with your diabetes. Typically, the reasons for diabetes compensation claims are: 


  • Poor care and management of diabetes 
  • Diabetes misdiagnosis 
  • Delayed diagnosis 
  • Unnecessary or avoidable surgery involving amputation 


Medical negligence can occur at any time, from GP appointments, to hospital check ups or during surgery. You expect to receive a good standard of care at every stage of your diabetes diagnosis. If any of the above did occur, we can tell you if you have a claim for compensation.


What Can I Expect?


Diabetes is a lifelong condition and the impact can be very serious, not just for you but for your whole family. Compensation can help you with rehabilitation as well as give you the answers to any questions you have. When we take on your case, we will claim for:


  • Any loss of earnings for you or for loved ones who have had to care for you
  • Travel costs for appointments, be that public transport or a private vehicle
  • Any changes to your home, particularly in the case of amputation
  • Ongoing medical costs or having to find private health care
  • Emotional distress


Compensation is a means to reimburse you for any losses and to help you navigate any changes you may now have to make to your life.


Why Choose Patient Claim Line?


With over 400 years’ combined experience representing medical negligence claims, including diabetes claims, we are in the best position to help you gain the compensation you deserve. Choosing a law firm that specialises in medical negligence means a guarantee that your solicitor will know exactly what they are doing and how to get the very best outcome. We’ve helped diabetes patients just like you get the support you need to get back on track. 


No Win No Fee Diabetes Compensation


Your diabetes claim will be taken ahead with our No Win No Fee Agreement. There is no obligation to use our services following an initial consultation and there is no up front fee. At Patient Claim Line, we want to make claiming compensation as easy and stress free as we can. If your claim is not successful you do not have to pay anything and, if you do win, we will take a pre-arranged fee so there are no surprises.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Diabetes Compensation Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Diabetes Compensation Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Diabetes Compensation Claim

Diabetes negligence claims should be made within three years from the date you first became aware that you had experienced medical negligence, also known as the ‘date of knowledge.’ For children affected by negligent treatment of their diabetes, the three-year time limit will begin to run from their 18th birthday. Claims can be made on behalf of children under the age of 18. You can also claim for someone who does not have the mental capacity to do so themselves. In this case there will be no time limit unless they regain mental capacity. This is decided on a case-by-case basis. When a patient passes away, their personal representative has three years from the date of death to make a claim on their behalf.

It is possible for diabetes to be misdiagnosed as another condition. For example, conditions that share symptoms with diabetes can include:
• Pancreatitis
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Sinus Infections or Flu
• Cushing’s Disease
• Stomach flu or virus
It is important for diabetes to be correctly diagnosed in order to avoid health complications that could be life changing. When an incorrect diagnosis is made, treatment is delayed which can lead to the worsening of a condition.

Prediabetes is when tests show that the likelihood of developing diabetes has increased. If tests showed this and an eventual diabetes diagnosis was delayed, or prediabetes was ignored then this could be a case of medical negligence. If prediabetes was diagnosed incorrectly, you could only make a claim if this had a direct impact on your health in some way.

Risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes include obesity, age and high blood pressure. If you were misdiagnosed or were given the wrong treatment and this caused adverse effects then, despite your risk factors, it may still be medical negligence.

Meet our Diabetes Compensation Team

  • Trevor Ward

    Partner, Senior Birth Injury Solicitor

  • Iain Dodd

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

  • Tim Moulton

    Associate, Head of Medical Negligence

  • Sowmya Jagannath

    Senior Solicitor

  • Case Study

    Robert's Story

    "You couldn’t ask for a better team"

    After his symptoms were misdiagnosed, Robert suffered a stroke affecting the left side of his body. He was in hospital for five weeks and had to attend physiotherapy for six months as part of his recovery.

    Our team secured a substantial compensation, which took into consideration the physical and mental impact of Robert’s misdiagnosis on him and his family.

    This enabled Robert’s wife to give up work as well as buy a bungalow together, making it easier for Robert, with his mobility problems. Robert is looking forward to going back to the music concerts and car shows he used to enjoy, as well as spending more time with family.