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Diabetic Heel Ulcer Amputation Settlement in Podiatrist Malpractice Lawsuit

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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.

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