I am interested on a consult regarding my mother and the unprofessional treatment she received while in the care of her podiatrist. The podiatrist (1) was not treating diabetic foot ulcers with antibiotics even though they were infected, (2) abused power and threatened to no longer see my mother as patient if she sought out a wound clinic or wound specialist, (3) dropped her as a patient when primary doctor immediately referred to wound clinic (4) my mother passed away Sept. 18, 2018 due to vascular disease and complications of the diabetic foot ulcers.
At this time I am looking for guidance so this podiatrist cannot do this to any other elder or person in her care.
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Not seeing a patient cases are generally not viable.
You should consult with an attorney in Columbus, Ohio if that is where the care took place. Based upon the facts that you have described in your question, the failure to properly treat her diabetic foot ulcer in a patient with known vascular disease may be substandard care and may or may not have been the cause of her death. These cases are complicated and you need an attorney with experience handling diabetic foot cases and/or infection and vascular disease cases. You owe it to your mom to investigate.
It sounds like the podiatrist is below the standard of care, and unethical as well. You should contact a medical malpractice lawyer to discuss these issues, and you should also report the doctor to the state board of podiatry medicine. They need to investigate him.
You may well have a case if you can connect the ulcer with her cause of death. If an autopsy was performed, the report should include that information. Contact an attorney in Columbus who specializes in medical malpractice issues. You can also file a complaint with the state of Ohio licensing authority for Podiatrists.
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