Diabetes Medical Negligence Claims

Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent public health problem with devastating consequences—especially if it is mismanaged. Inadequate care exposes patients to higher risks of mortality, morbidity, and reduced quality of life.

If a diabetic believes that delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or mismanagement of the condition led to avoidable complications, they may be entitled to pursue a diabetes medical negligence claim. This is compensation for injuries or unnecessary suffering resulting from errors and omissions by the healthcare providers.

Medical professionals are bound by a Duty of Care to safeguard a patient from omissions and mistakes that could result in reasonably foreseen harm. With regard to diabetes management, they must provide optimal care during diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing reviews.

At Devonshires Claims, many of our Solicitors have over 20 years’ experience supporting victims of medical negligence.  The combined experience of the Devonshires Claims’ Team spans over  100 years. We have a track record of winning the maximum compensation available for our clients. Whether your claim is associated with diabetic medication errors, misdiagnosis or poor diabetic care, we will assess the evidence to establish what is necessary for a  successful claim, which will be conducted on a  No Win – No Fee’ basis . For more information or to request your free no-obligation case evaluation please contact us on 0333 900 8787, email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

Serious Effects of Diabetes

According to a report by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), nearly 500 million people wordwide were living with the disease in 2019—with the numbers expected to hit 700 million by 2045. In the UK, Diabetes UK estimates that around 4.9 million people have the disease—and another 13.6 million are at increased risk.

Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce or use insulin, a hormone which allows glucose to enter cells and facilitate the production of energy. When insulin cannot be used effectively, blood glucose levels rise—depriving cells of energy while causing a variety of problems in nearly all tissues. 

Some of the serious effects of diabetes include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Increased risk of strokes and heart attacks
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Nephropathy (kidney damage)
  • Retinopathy (eye damage)
  • Skin conditions
  • Hearing impairments
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Foot damage leading to amputation
  • Gum infections and tooth decay
  • Depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Premature death

Types of Diabetic Medical Negligence

Despite the serious effects of diabetes, the condition can be effectively treated when caught early and managed appropriately. For this reason, early and proper diagnosis of diabetes is crucial.

Below are some types of diabetes misdiagnosis or poor diabetic care that are potential grounds for diabetes negligence claims:

  • Misdiagnosis when the physician mistakes type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Although the symptoms of these two types of diabetes are mostly similar, treatments differ.
  • Delayed referral to a specialist.
  • Failure to follow reasonable standards of care when examining a patient for diabetes.
  • The undiagnosed onset of complications such as bone fractures and foot damage.
  • Failings to pay attention to worsening symptoms.
  • Confusing diabetes with other medical conditions that have similar symptoms.
  • Failure to be referred for all applicable tests.
  • Mistakes made in administering insulin, i.e. hospital negligence and insulin overdose claims.
  • Incorrect advice.

How Do I Start a Diabetes Medical Negligence Claim?

Diabetes is an increasingly challenging medical problem in the UK. Diagnosing, treating, and monitoring the condition is complicated—and errors/omissions from negligent care only exacerbate the issue. Diabetes patients who suffer an injury, unnecessary complications, or a worsening of their condition due to misdiagnosis and negligent treatment may be able to make diabetes medical negligence claims.

If you or a loved one are possible victims of a breach of the duty of care during diabetes management, it is important to seek expert legal advice immediately. A successful diabetes negligence claim can help improve the afflicted person’s quality of life—including replacing lost earnings, meeting everyday expenses, improving rehabilitation, and funding private treatment.

Devonshires Claims has over 20 years’ experience in obtaining justice and compensation for victims of medical negligence associated with diabetes and other medical conditions.  We have clients throughout England and Wales the expertise of our Solicitors has been recognised in Legal Directories such as the Legal 500.

We offer our Clients:

  • A friendly, compassionate and professional claims service
  • A free case evaluation
  • No Win No Fee agreement (CFA)
  • Access to a network of medical experts and specialist barristers
  • Our expertise in dealing with a variety of medical negligence claims including very complex medical cases
  • Our expertise in securing the maximum compensation available

For more information on Devonshires Claims ‘No Win No Fee’ diabetic compensation claims service contact us today on 0333 900 8787 email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

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Diabetes can lead to devastating complications if it is misdiagnosed, left untreated, or managed poorly. Without the right care and monitoring, the affected person can suffer serious complication—including:

  • Amputations: People suffering from diabetes often experience numbness in their feet (neuropathy) and reduced circulation of blood. For this reason, ulcers and injuries may go unnoticed. A proper plan should be put in place for regular and comprehensive foot exams to check for eczema, toe infections, and innocuous cuts. Failure to identify and treat foot infections could lead to amputations.
  • Stroke and Heart Attacks: Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 52% of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes. Therefore, medical professionals should actively test and listen to patient complaints to identify signs of a heart condition. This includes discomfort in the chest, an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, and swollen ankles.
  • Vision Problems: According to statistics, diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness among people of working age in the UK. Early detection, appropriate treatment, and regular follow-up care are key to protecting diabetics from vision loss.
  • Degeneration of Nerves: Diabetes neuropathies cause nerve damage to different organ systems. The best way to prevent the severely debilitating effects is by monitoring and practising good care to prevent or delay the degeneration of nerves. For this reason, patients and doctors must follow a comprehensive treatment plan to control blood glucose levels.
  • Kidney Disease: Kidney disease is a complication that develops in around 75% of people living with diabetes. It is caused by damage to blood vessels—leading to the gradual failure of the kidneys. Early detection through regular blood and urine tests is important in treating kidney disease and other complications.
  • Premature Death: If diabetes is not under control, cardiovascular disease and other associated conditions may shorten a patient’s lifespan. Diabetes is regarded as a silent epidemic—claiming 2 million lives across the globe every year. Figures from England and Wales further show that 500 people die prematurely from diabetes-related complication.

Early diagnosis of diabetes will reduce the damage caused by the condition and allow the patient to live as functional a life as possible. To claim negligence, one would need to prove that the delay in diagnosing diabetes adversely affected your health outcome.

If your diabetic care and treatment was negligent and your nurse, GP, consultant or other healthcare professional made mistakes in your treatment or failed to monitor your condition, assess your health or refer you for further tests, you may be entitled to make a diabetic compensation claim.

To make a compensation claim for diabetes misdiagnosis or negligent diabetic care, speak to one of our medical negligence compensation Solicitors today. Our team will assess whether the duty of care owed to you was breached, and whether breaching this duty of care caused your injuries.  If so, are likely to have a strong case for compensation.

The ‘limitation’ period to bring a claim for medical negligence is generally three years from the date of negligence or the date of reasonable knowledge of the injury.  In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.  The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin our investigations and the sooner we can start to assist with your treatment and recovery.

Absolutely!; Devonshires Claims can provide a ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for diabetic compensation claims

Under a  No Win No Fee’ arrangement, which is also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement/CFA’ , you will not be charged any costs if your case is not successful*.

For more information on our ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement, please click here.


If your diabetes was diagnosed late or you received poor care and assessment for your condition, your compensation payout could provide for your:

  • Specialist medical treatment on a private basis
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy
  • Medical aids and home adaptations
  • Financial support for the loss of earnings, including future earnings such as pension payments
  • Financial support for the recovery of expenses eg. travel
  • Specialist care and support

The compensation payout for negligent diabetes care can only be determined once we understand the full impact of disease and the delay in diagnosis on your life and wellbeing.

Compensation For Negligent Diabetic Care

Doctors, nurses, clinicians, and caregivers have a set of procedures and best practices to follow when diagnosing, treating, and managing diabetes. But while most healthcare workers offer diligent and competent diabetes care, errors and omissions also occur. Some examples of negligent treatment of diabetes include:

  • Lack of a diabetes care plan to effectively manage the condition.
  • Failure to monitor diabetes appropriately – both in out-patient and in-patient settings. Complications may worsen as they go unnoticed, undiagnosed, and untreated.
  • Prescription of the wrong medication to treat and manage diabetes.
  • An avoidable or unnecessary surgical procedure (e.g., amputations).
  • Unnecessary delays in diabetes treatment leading to reduced quality of life.
  • Inadequate aftercare in the community. This includes failures in ongoing outpatient check-ups.
  • Loss of life due to negligent treatment of diabetes.

For more information on Devonshires Claims ‘No Win No Fee’ diabetic compensation claims service contact us today on 0333 900 8787 email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

Client Stories

Failure to Diagnose a Thumb Infection in Diabetic Patient Leading to Thumb Amputation


Legal action following a failure to appropriately diagnose and treat a thumb infection in a diabetic patient leading to amputation of the client’s thumb.


£135,000 settlement for the claimant who lost his thumb.

Delayed Diagnosis of an Infection after a Kidney Transplant Results in Sepsis, PTSD and Nerve Damage


The claimant brought a claim for clinical negligence following delayed diagnosis of a drain infection after a kidney transplant. This resulted in systemic sepsis, PTSD and permanent nerve damage in her leg which resulted in payments for care and loss of earnings.


£300,000 for claimant who suffered a severe drain infection following a kidney transplant.

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