Diabetes & Nerve Damage
Diabetes & Nerve Damage

  • Diabetes can cause nerve damage (also known as diabetes peripheral neuropathy - DPN) and poor blood flow or circulation to the legs and feet (also known as peripheral arterial disease - PAD). As a result, people with diabetes are less likely to feel a foot injury, such as a blister or cut. Diabetes can make these injuries more
  • difficult to heal. Unnoticed and untreated, even small foot injuries can quickly become infected, potentially leading to serious complications.
  • If you have any corns (thick or hard skin on toes), calluses (thick skin on bottom of feet), in grown toenails, warts or slivers, have them treated by your doctor or a foot care specialist (such as a podiatrist, chiropodist or experienced foot care nurse). Do not try to treat them yourself.
  • If you have any swelling, warmth, redness or pain in your legs or feet, see your doctor or foot specialist right away.
  • Have your bare feet checked by your doctor at least once a year. In addition, ask your doctor to screen you for neuropathy and loss of circulation at least once a year. Take your socks off at every diabetes-related visit to your doctor and ask him or her to inspect your feet. SP
  • Source: Canadian Diabetes Association www.diabetes.ca

IN PERSON: George Christopoulos (continued from page 1)

no fight left in him

The insurance company's denial put an enormous strain on George. Dealing with his emotional, physical and mental recovery was trying enough; he did not have an ounce of energy left to fight their denial, even though he felt the decision was completely unjust.

therapist refers him to share law yers

Upon hearing about the insurance company's denial of benefits, George's rehab therapist handed him a Share Lawyers brochure and told him to call right away for help. That's how George met with David Share, President of the firm, and was impressed with David's expertise and track record of success dealing with George’s insurance company.

David was very familiar with the insurer's delay and denial tactics and was confident that he could succeed in recovering funds for George. George knew he couldn't do it alone. He also knew he didn't have anything to

lose, since David guaranteed that they would not charge any fees unless they settled his case. He retained Share Lawyers the same day.

taking action

While establishing that the amputation was caused by an accident was difficult, the medical evidence suggested that the complications that led to amputation were set in motion by the injuries sustained in the accident. This evidence was used to persuade the insurance company to pay out the claim with only a small reduction to take into account the risk of litigation.

With the funds George recovered he was able to plan for his future knowing he had received a fair settlement in his disputed AD&D claim.SP

[Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all involved.]