Diabetes is one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases in the United States. It is a condition which elevates blood glucose levels in individuals who cannot use insulin, a hormone that converts nutrients to energy. An astounding 26 million children and adults suffer from the disease in the United States alone.
As more adults with diabetes begin to age, it is imperative that nursing homes recognize there will be a higher percentage of admitted residents that have diabetes. Already, approximately 27% of the diabetic population is age 65 and older. Many of these individuals rely solely on a medical staff in a nursing home to monitor their glucose levels. They also do not have autonomy in terms of a diet/exercise regime that would ameliorate symptoms.
It is important that diabetic nursing home residents know and understand their rights in terms of mismanagement of their treatment plan. If a nursing home has failed to administer insulin or neglect any other aspect of the resident’s medical needs, side-effects may result. These side effects include cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, and kidney damage, and if these injuries take place due to the negligence of the nursing home, the resident and their family may have means for a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit. A serious risk for those who may not be receiving proper treatment is diabetic ketoacidosis.
Symptoms & Warning Signs: Diabetes Lawsuits
Diabetic ketoacidosis is common when there is a limited amount of insulin in the body, and is a danger that faces many nursing home patients. It normally results from failure to manage insulin therapy or the prescribed treatment plan of the patient. If the patient is not in control of their treatment and must be assisted by nursing home medical personnel, symptoms can develop quickly if negligence occurs. Failure to treat diabetic ketoacidosis may result in cerebral edema, diabetic coma, or death.
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Excessive thirst
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of appetite
Other complications that arise with elderly diabetes include diabetic neuropathy, amyotrophy, malignant otitis externa, papillary necrosis, and osteoporosis. Any of these complications can arise from improper treatment, and may give reason to file a lawsuit.
Contact Our Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers
Our Michigan lawyers specialize in nursing home neglect. If you suffer from diabetes and your treatment plan has been mismanaged by your nursing home staff, you may be entitled to seek legal action. If you or a loved one has developed diabetic ketoacidosis or any other condition that may be linked to nursing home negligence, contact our office immediately so a proper course of action can be determined. Call our office at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced nursing home neglect lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.