07, July 2017
The Dangers of Diabetes - The Devastating Impact of Amputation
07, July 2017
Boyes Turner share their foresight into the devastating impact of amputation due to diabetes cases and how they can assist with compensation where negligent delays in medical treatment have led to amputation.
Diabetes and its associated complications are at an all time high, with an estimated 415 million people affected by the disease throughout the world.1 193 million adults are not yet even aware that they are suffering from Type 2 disease – an alarming statistic, given the importance of early screening, healthy lifestyle and good medical management if complications such as amputation are to be avoided.
1. according to the International Diabetes Federation
Diabetes UK recently revealed that the number of diabetes-related amputations in England has now reached 20 a day. That’s 7370 amputations a year, 4 out of 5 of which could have been prevented, according to the charity. Their estimate is based upon the fact that 80% of these began with foot ulcers, a condition which often goes unnoticed in diabetics who may have loss of sensation and impaired blood circulation in their feet. An undetected minor cut or blister may become infected and develop into an ulcer before it is noticed, by which time it is much harder to treat. 30-40% of diabetics with puncture injuries to the feet go on to develop osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone which without proper antibiotic treatment can lead to
gangrene and amputation. The NHS has recently confirmed that an additional £40 million will be made available through the Diabetes Transformation Fund. The objective is to reduce the devastating impact of this condition through public education, access to inpatient specialist diabetic nursing and footcare teams. Knowing the risks and adopting preventative strategies through healthy lifestyle
changes and daily visual foot checks along with regular medical check-ups and attendances on foot-care specialists can go a long way towards preventing diabetic complications. Increased awareness amongst health professionals and access to specialist diabetic services are essential if timely treatment is to be given which will reduce the risk of amputation. Where negligent delays in medical treatment have led to amputation, we aim to help our clients regain their independence as quickly as possible. As soon as liability can be established we obtain substantial interim payments to finance the provision of specialist prosthetics, adapted transport, housing and early rehabilitation. By restoring mobility and independence we can help our clients return to work or leisure pursuits, participate in family and social activities and regain their self esteem. Working with medical and prosthetic experts, Boyes Turner’s experienced amputation specialists are skilled at securing high value compensation awards to help amputees get their lives back on track after a medical accident or other personal injury. Our clients have suffered amputation through unrecognised complications of the limb-threatening diabetic neuropathic condition Charcot foot, undiagnosed osteomyelitis and delayed treatment and management of infection following a minor cut on a diabetic patient’s foot. We have seen first-hand and understand the devastating impact of amputation on our clients’
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