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More and more Americans are being treated for diabetes each year. But, are they being properly treated? Or, are preventable complications, such as blindness, occurring unnecessarily?

Government statistics show that “as many as 24,000 Americans go blind each year from preventable complications of diabetes,” according to Patrick A. Malone…

More and more Americans are being treated for diabetes each year. But, are they being properly treated? Or, are preventable complications, such as blindness, occurring unnecessarily?

Government statistics show that “as many as 24,000 Americans go blind each year from preventable complications of diabetes,” according to Patrick A. Malone in his excellent paper entitled Medical Malpractice In Managing Diabetes. Despite this documented problem Malone says “negligent failure to prevent the complications of diabetes remains an uncommon cause of action.”

Malone was unable to find any “reported cases on blindness caused by failure to normalize blood sugar or failure to refer the patient for regular dilated-pupil eye examinations.” Even the existence of a small number of claims would only serve to emphasize the need for diabetic patients to insist upon diligent monitoring for preventable complications of their condition. And, for the active involvement of more law firms with experience in diabetes treatment.

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