Our Attorneys Seek Justice for the Negligent Treatment of Diabetes
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Diabetes affects more than 30 million people—but more than 25% of people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, diabetes can have debilitating and deadly complications. People with diabetes have twice the risk of heart disease and stroke. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, and adult-onset blindness.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s recent report on diabetes notes that proper testing and treatment practices are the only way to avoid diabetes’ most severe complications. The CDC recommends specific tests and preventative care practices, including annual foot and eye exams, blood tests, and diabetes self-management classes. But in Maryland and Washington DC, nearly 25% of people diagnosed with diabetes are not getting the recommended care of blood tests and foot exams and almost 50% are not getting the critical education provided in self-management classes.
Because the consequences of untreated diabetes are so severe, medical professionals must monitor and suggest these tests. But, all too often, people get the wrong diagnosis or treatment for their diabetes due to medical negligence. We know of many cases where adults and/or children were diagnosed with the wrong type of diabetes–which can be fatal because the treatment is different for each type. The types of diabetes include:
- Type 1 diabetes is an immune system reaction that inhibits insulin production. About 5% of diabetics have type1, which is usually (but not exclusively) diagnosed in children and young adults. The numerous symptoms of type 1 diabetes can develop quickly and include blurred vision, frequent urination, increased thirst, hunger, and fatigue.
- Type 2 diabetes is characterized by an inability to regulate blood sugar levels. About 95% of people with diabetes have type 2. Usually, it takes several years to develop, but increasingly it is also found in children and young adults. Most people who develop type 2 diabetes do not notice any symptoms. So it’s important that people at risk get tested.
- Gestational diabetes develops in pregnant women and usually resolves upon birth of the baby. However, gestational diabetes increases the mother and child’s risks for type 2 diabetes later in life.
Diabetes can become life threatening, when healthcare professionals fail to diagnose or properly treat it. If you think your physician was negligent in treating your diabetes, fill out this form to get a free consultation with the medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.
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If you were injured due to negligent diabetes treatment, contact the law office of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. for the aggressive representation that your case deserves. With offices in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, our attorneys have earned numerous awards and professional accolades for service to their clients. Contact the office at 410-234-1000.