Re: Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Trauma, Amputation
- Gangrene can occer in diabetic patients regardless of trauma if they
have not maintained proper insulin dosage, etc. So the insurer would
argue that a slip and fall trauma would not precipitate gangrene,
etc., unless the victim had already neglected proper health care.
So any neglect by the victim's prior to the fall would have to be
looked into. Then the treatment sought after the trauma would have
to be considered as a possible cause for gangrene to set in as well.
Consider the following taken from a medical data base re gangrene in
Medical/Legal Pitfalls: Failure to realize that cutaneous findings
often underestimate the extent of underlying disease. Failure to
initiate early broad-spectrum antibiotics. Failure to obtain
immediate consultation or to transfer the patient to an appropriate
facility if such resources are not available at the current facility.
--- In infoguys-list@y..., lawdog798@a... wrote:
> To the Collective: I have a case wherein my client suffers from
> Diabetes Mellitus. She slipped and fell at a convenience store. My
> client suffered severe bruising to both sides of her body, and
> further suffered a left navicular(ankle) fracture. Three months
> later she developed gangrene in her left arm which required an
> amputation and a follow-up amputation. Two months after the left
> amputation, she developed gangrene in her right foot and right leg,
> necessitating an above-the knee amputation. Her orthopaedic
> states that both amputations are, to a reasonable medical
> a result of injuries sustained in the fall. I just received this
> case from another attorney who refers many of his litigation cases
> The medical reports all state that she suffers from diabetic
> Can someone, or many ones, please advise as to what I am facing,
> and bad, with this matter? I have already begun my research but am
> not even sure where I should be looking. I would like to present
> articulate, educated questions to my potential experts.
> Thanks in advance!
> Lowell Steiger, Attorney at Law
> (323) 852-1100
> (323) 852-1033 fax
> 8383 Wilshire Blvd. #830
> Beverly Hills, California 90211