If you are asking yourself, ‘Can I claim for kidney damage?’ you are in the right place. Accident Advice Helpline will be able to assist you in answering this question and if need be, help you make a kidney damage compensation claim.
What is kidney damage?
The primary function of your kidneys is to filter the waste and toxins out of your blood. They also play a vital role in other bodily functions, such as red blood cell production, blood pressure regulation and maintaining a proper electrolyte balance.
Kidney damage can disrupt the normal functioning of the kidneys, causing a build-up of waste products in the body. This can lead to a whole host of health problems. Shortness of breath, weakness, being excessively tired or confused could all be symptoms of kidney damage. Abnormal heart rhythms can also occur if there is a build-up of potassium in your bloodstream. In short, kidney damage can impact your life significantly.
If you have sustained kidney damage through medical negligence or at work due to an unsafe working environment, the answer to the question, ‘Can I claim for kidney damage?’ could be yes.
Work-related kidney damage
Under United Kingdom law, your employer is required to ensure that your work environment is not hazardous to your health. Several industries work with dangerous chemicals that can cause kidney damage if the proper precautions are not taken.
For example, a job in the woodworking industry would leave an employee exposed to hazardous substances such as varnish, thinners, paint stripper, stain and wood preservative. If you have had to work with any of these substances in an enclosed space with insufficient ventilation or without a proper breathing apparatus, the exposure may have caused kidney damage.
Because kidney damage is not always immediately diagnosed, a claim of this nature could be exempt from the rule of making your claim within three years. Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about this.
Kidney damage caused by clinical negligence
In a recent clinical negligence case involving kidney damage, a doctor failed to check the renal function of a patient regularly after prescribing a medication known to affect the kidneys. This resulted in significant kidney damage and the patient ultimately needed a transplant.
Though this is an extreme case, any level of kidney damage resulting from clinical negligence could entitle you to a compensation claim. If you have been a victim of clinical negligence, Accident Advice Helpline can assist.
Making a kidney damage compensation claim
Whether your kidney damage was suffered at work or as a result of clinical negligence, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in assessing the possibility of making a compensation claim. All of our solicitors work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so it will not cost you a thing.
If you want an idea of what your kidney damage claim might be worth, try our 30-second test at the top of the page, or call our 24-hour, free legal helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: November 5, 2013
Author: David Brown