Diabetic Ketoacidosis:Could Physician Negligence or Carelessness Be to Blame?
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a dangerous, potentially life threatening, condition that generally afflicts individuals with Type I or Type II diabetes or advanced metabolic syndrome.
The condition results from a lack of insulin in the body. This insulin deficit drives a runaway cascade of scary physiological processes. Among other problems, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) floods the blood with ketone bodies. This makes the blood overly acidic. The condition of DKA should not be confused with ketosis, a normal (perhaps even unusually healthy) metabolic process that individuals on very low carbohydrate diets experience.
DKA may present for a variety of reasons, including illness, drug use, poor administration of insulin, and physician treatment error.
Given the complexity of the diagnosis and the numerous possible causes, it may be difficult at first to determine whether a caregivers’ negligence or carelessness might have been responsible for an episode of (or ongoing case of) diabetic ketoacidosis. The Florida medical malpractice and personal injury firm of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos, LLP has served injury victims since 1989. Our resourceful, experienced team can probe your medical history to determine whether a doctor, caregiver, or institution may be liable for the harm and pain you suffered.
If so, we can offer a suite of resources and apply Florida law to help you obtain a recovery to pay for ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, new drug therapy, surgical bills, wages lost at work, pain and suffering, and more.
Did Your Doctor’s Ignorance or Carelessness Cause Your Diabetic Ketoacidosis?
Type II diabetes rates have skyrocketed over the past several decades, co-incident with skyrocketing rates of obesity in the United States. Many observers have taken to calling the twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity “diabesity,” and they argue that both conditions could stem from hormonal imbalances set off by chronic over-consumption of highly refined carbohydrates and sugars in the diet.
Researchers at Duke University, the University of Connecticut, and elsewhere have found excellent clinical results treating diabetic patients with low carbohydrate diets. Award winning science journalist, Gary Taubes, in his best seller, Good Calories Bad Calories, builds a compelling case that suggests that diabetes, obesity, and other “diseases of civilization” may all ultimately stem from over-consumption of sugary foods.
What Taubes’s research and research by other respected journalists and doctors definitely suggest is that many practicing physicians have a tenuous grasp (if that) on the history and actual science of diabetes research. Moreover, your personal physician may have made serious errors with your diagnosis by over-prescribing an insulin secretagogue, failing to analyze your case history, or even giving you poor or dangerous dietary advice.
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To help you obtain a recovery, the team at DWKMR&S will analyze your medical records, talk to witnesses, consult independent medical investigators, and seek to identify potentially liable parties. Building a medical malpractice case is neither easy, nor simple. However, claimants benefit a lot from obtaining personalized, customized legal assistance.
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