Diabetes-Related Medical Malpractice Claims
Because diabetes is a chronic disease that takes its toll over a long period of time, it can be hard to relate problems with its treatment directly to malpractice on the part of a medical professional. Even when medical negligence played a role in worsening the patient's condition, the defense will usually argue, sometimes with good reason, that the patient's own inability to follow doctor's orders was the primary cause of death or other serious injury in a diabetes case.
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If you need advice about your legal options in a case where medical malpractice appears to have caused death or aggravated a diabetes patient's condition, contact a lawyer at Richards & Richards for a free consultation in Pittsburgh. We know how to review the medical records and investigate the circumstances of treatment to see whether your loved one's doctor was negligent in the treatment of diabetes.
Medical defendants in a diabetes malpractice case might include a primary care physician, a family medicine practitioner, a hospital responsible for negligent treatment or postoperative care following surgery, or sometimes even an endocrinologist. The focus of the claim is far more likely to be negligent treatment rather than errors in diagnosis.
While the main issue of fact in a diabetes malpractice lawsuit is likely to involve each party blaming the other for the patient's unfortunate outcome, there is little question that the injuries that can result from improper management of diabetes can be very severe:
- Decreasing vision or blindness
- Amputation of a leg
- Permanent neurological problems
- Renal or kidney failure
If you feel that you or your loved one fully complied with your doctor's instructions in the management and treatment of diabetes, you might have a claim for malpractice damages related to such injuries as those listed above.
For a free consultation about your legal rights in a diabetes case, contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer at Richards & Richards in Pittsburgh.