With the right medical care and management, diabetes is a condition that can be effectively controlled, allowing you to live a long, full life. However, if errors are made in your treatment, it can have devastating consequences, including the risk of amputation, visual impairment, brain injury and even death.
If you believe you or a loved one experienced negligent treatment or care for diabetes, you may be able to claim compensation to help you deal with the fallout. Succeeding with these types of claims can be challenging, which means it is essential to have the best legal advice and support possible.
Wolferstans medical negligence solicitors understand the difficulties involved in diabetes negligence claims and we have the experience and expertise to ensure no detail is missed, so you have the best chance of a successful claim.
We combine skilled advocacy during negotiations and court proceedings with strong expertise in non-confrontational dispute resolution. This means that, however your case progresses, we can offer an effective strategy to get the best available outcome.
One particular benefit of our experience with diabetes negligence claims is we can offer a highly accurate valuation. This is often critical, as it avoids the risk of you settling for less than your claim could truly be worth – something which can happen if you rely on a less experienced firm.
We offer a free initial no obligation consultation during which we will be able to tell you if you have a claim worth investigating further.
To arrange your consultation please contact the new client team on 01752 292204.
Our diabetes negligence claims service
We regularly help clients throughout England and Wales to claim compensation for negligent treatment of diabetes, including claims related to:
- Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of diabetes
- Substandard diabetes care or management
- Substandard care in the community
- Diabetes related amputations
- Diabetes related neuropathy
- Diabetes related visual impairment
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Read about some of the cases we have successfully pursued in relation to diabetes negligence claims.
How diabetes compensation claims work
Our clinical negligence lawyers have the experience and expertise to make the process of claiming compensation for diabetes negligence as smooth and stress-free as possible.
A typical diabetes negligence claim will involve:
- Building your case e.g. applying for medical records, collecting witness evidence and consulting independent medical experts.
- Contacting the relevant healthcare provider with the details of your claim.
- Ensuring the defendant responds to your claim in a timely fashion.
- Assessing the defendant’s response and advising you of your options.
- Negotiating with the defendant and/or using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation or independent evaluation, to secure a suitable settlement.
- Submitting your claim to the relevant court and representing you at a court hearing where required to resolve the matter.
Find out more about the process of making a clinical negligence claim.
Funding a diabetes compensation claim
The cost of making a diabetes negligence claim is a common concern, but this is not something you should need to worry about at the outset. Our approach is to ensure that, as long as we think your claim has a realistic chance of success, we will find a funding option that works for you.
For most of our clients, the best option is a ‘no win, no fee’ diabetes negligence claim. This allows you to start a claim without paying anything towards your legal fees and expenses, with these costs only needed to be covered if your claim succeeds. This means there is no financial risk to you in making a claim with us.
In the event of a successful claim, our fees will be calculated according to a percentage of the compensation won, meaning no matter the size of your settlement or court-awarded damages, you will always keep the majority.
Some clients prefer to fund their claim with legal expenses insurance. This is commonly offered as an option extra with home insurance, some types of bank accounts and credit cards. Whether this might be the right choice for you will depend on your circumstances and we will be happy to discuss this with you.
To talk through your options for covering the cost of a diabetes negligence claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Find out more about funding a medical negligence claim.
Our expertise in diabetes compensation claims
With the benefit of years of experience in diabetes claims, we have acquired the skills and expertise to achieve success in even the most complicated and contentious cases. As a result, we have successfully secured millions of pounds in compensation for our clients and their families over the years.
Wolferstans is accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence, recognising our particular expertise in this area. We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for excellence in legal practice management and client care.
Various members of our medical negligence team are also on the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panels and have been accredited by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) as Clinical Negligence Specialists and Brain Injury Specialists.
Find out more about our medical negligence claims team.
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Common questions about diabetes negligence claims
If you are making a diabetes negligence claim for yourself, you will typically have 3 years to make a claim, either from when the negligence occurred or when you found out about it.
If making a claim for someone under the age of 18, you will have until they turn 18 to bring a claim. If you do not bring a claim by the time the turn 18, they will then have until they are 21 to bring a claim themselves.
If a loved one has died due to negligent treatment of their diabetes, you will normally need to bring the claim within 3 years of the negligence occurring or being uncovered. However, if they died during this 3-year period, you (or the representative of their estate) will normally be granted an additional 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim.
If a loved one lacks capacity to bring a claim, there is no time limit for someone else to bring a claim for them.
It is often not easy to tell what the relevant time limit is and whether it is expired, so no matter how much time has passed, it is always worth speaking to a specialist diabetes negligence lawyer.
The two main factors affecting the size of a negotiated settlement or court awarded damages will be the seriousness of the injury caused and the impact on your life.
You can generally claim two different types of damages:
Special damages – Covering specific financial losses incurred up to the date of settlement e.g. treatment costs and loss of earnings.
General damages – Covering non-financial losses e.g. for pain and suffering and the impact on your lifestyle, plus expected future financial losses e.g. further treatment or not being able to return to work.
Most diabetes negligence claims are settled out of court, so it is quite rare that you will actually need to attend a court hearing. This is usually achieved either by agreeing a settlement before court proceedings are started or via a pre-trial settlement after court proceedings are initiated.
This typically means your claim can be resolved faster and at lower expense than if court action is required, as well as being less disruptive to your life and stressful for you.
Further information about diabetes negligence claims
For more information about diabetes compensation claims and all types of medical negligence claims, please take a look at our news, blogs and our series of helpful leaflets covering specific issues.
Start a diabetes negligence claim with us today
To arrange a free initial no obligation consultation and find out more about starting a diabetes claim:
To arrange your consultation please contact the new client team on 01752 292204.