Making a medical negligence claim for diabetic amputation

In this article we look at medical negligence claims for diabetic amputation.

Amputations for people with diabetes continue to rise.  It is reported that between 2017 – 2020, 29,695 people underwent limb amputations in the UK and a significant percentage of those patients were suffering from diabetes.

Unfortunately, many of these amputations could have been prevented if appropriate medical management and treatment had been put in place sooner. In fact, it is estimated that up to 85% of diabetic related amputations could have been avoided.

How is diabetes and amputation linked?

Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. As a result of having high sugar levels, nerve damage can affect the feeling in the limbs and damage circulation, making it slower for sores and cuts to heal. If left untreated, wounds will become worse and often result in the limb being amputated.

The effect of diabetes on wound healing

The process of wound healing is longer for people who have diabetes. This is because the body cannot produce or use insulin, which is the hormone that turns glucose (sugar) into energy. When your body struggles to metabolize, the sugar levels rise, affecting wound-healing ability.

Managing blood sugar

Management measures include checking blood sugar levels, being mindful of what you eat, drinking water, and controlling your food portions.

What to do if you are diabetic and have a wound

It is recommended that you:

  • Wash the wound thoroughly with an antibacterial soap and warm water.
  • Cover the wound with a bandage.
  • Redress the bandage daily.
  • Check your feet daily.

If you have any concerns about your wound, it is important to seek medical advice promptly.

Medical negligence claims for diabetic amputation

Where an amputation was avoidable, the patient may be entitled to compensation, and our experienced medical amputation lawyers are here to help you. We are experienced in handling claims for patients who have suffered an avoidable amputation as a result of not receiving the appropriate diabetic treatment or management. We are able to  work on a No Win, No Fee basis and provide a free case assessment service. You can read about one of our diabetic amputation successes here.

For expert guidance on medical negligence claims for diabetic amputation, please contact our free legal helpline on 0333 888 0412 or send an email to [email protected]

Medical negligence claims for diabetic amputation