A North Devon GP from Hartland failed to notice an abnormal result following a routine blood test for diabetes. The patient’s onset of diabetes was completely missed for several years and he also developed peripheral neuropathy, a painful nerve condition affecting the hands and feet.
The client, who was from Bideford in Devon instructed our medical negligence team to bring a claim against the doctor for failure to diagnose diabetes. We agreed to deal with the claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Although the GP’s insurers admitted the failure to diagnose and treat the diabetes, they argued that this had no connection with the client’s nerve condition. We therefore obtained specialist expert evidence from an experienced and independent doctor which showed that failure to treat the diabetes had in fact made the neuropathy much worse.
Faced with this evidence the doctor’s insurers back down and we managed to negotiate a compensation settlement of over £50,000 to compensate our client for his painful condition being brought forward by 10 years as a direct result of the doctor’s negligence in failing to spot and treat his diabetes.