Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers recently settled a podiatry malpractice case against a Michigan podiatrist. The case involved a patient who presented to the podiatrist with signs and symptoms of a diabetic heel ulcer. Despite the presence of that condition, the podiatrist failed to provide appropriate treatment and failed to refer the patient to a wound care specialist. As a result, the patient’s infection continued to worsen and he required a below knee amputation.
Diabetic ulcers are essentially pressure ulcers that often occur below the ankle. When a patient has a diabetic ulcer the sensation in the area decreases and so objects causing pressure are relieved and cause a wound. Untreated diabetic ulcers can lead to amputation of the leg and even death. Due to a patient’s immobility and other health conditions, the heel is the second leading site for developing diabetic ulcers. When medical providers fail to treat a diabetic heel ulcer or diagnose an uclcer and that failure causes a severe injury, there may be cause to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The podiatrist medical malpractice lawsuit was pending in the Livingston County Circuit Court. We completed the depositions of the parties and other matters and then attended a mediation for settlement purposes. After lengthy settlement discussions, the case was settled before the trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential under the settlement agreement.