The failure to diagnose diabetes can result in serious or fatal consequences. Diabetes is a problem with the body’s ability to process the hormone insulin. The pancreas is the organ responsible for releasing the hormone insulin to assist the body in using and regulating sugars and fats from the food that a person consumes. When a person’s insulin response is impaired, it may result in either too little insulin production or too much. This results in low or high levels of glucose.
While there is no cure for diabetes, the disease requires continuous care and management, otherwise, there may be deadly consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), there are more than 100 million people living with diabetes in the United States. In 2015, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
When diabetes is left untreated, a person may develop a serious health condition, including:
- Microvascular disease;
- Increased risk of stroke or heart attack;
- Peripheral neuropathy;
- Kidney failure;
- Retina damage or full loss of vision;
- Erectile dysfunction;
- Inability to heal as a result of decreased white blood cells;
- Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum;
- Eruptive xanthomatosis;
- Organ failure;
In New Jersey, a physician has a duty to a patient to provide adequate and competent care. The failure to diagnose and treat diabetes can have devastating effects, including losing a limb. Oftentimes, medical errors occur as a result of negligence. A medical error will give rise to a malpractice claim when a physician misses a diabetes diagnosis, misdiagnoses diabetes or improperly manages treatment and, as a result, a patient suffers injuries. A reasonably prudent physician is obligated to administer treatment in accordance with the accepted standard of care. The failure to do so may result in an injured patient recovering damages for the following:
- Current medical treatment;
- Long-term care;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering, among others.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries as a result of a diabetes misdiagnosis or mismanagement, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. It is important to contact an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice and personal injury attorney that may fight for the justice you and your family deserve. The attorneys at Rinaldo Law Group LLC are skilled medical malpractice lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you and your family are entitled to receive. For a free initial consultation, contact us today at 908-352-2500.