Kidney failure and other problems with your kidneys can be difficult to diagnose at an early stage. However, failure to diagnose kidney failure may mean that treatment options are limited to transplant surgery. If you attend your GP with symptoms and they fail to refer you for tests, this could affect your prognosis. The symptoms of kidney failure could also be indicative of a range of other, less serious conditions, and include the need to urinate frequently, nausea, weight loss, high blood pressure, swollen feet, hands or ankles and muscle cramps. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from the blood, which is then turned into urine. When the kidneys stop working properly, they are unable to filter blood effectively. Conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure put added strain on the kidneys and can often cause kidney failure. There are two main types of kidney failure – Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), with the latter developing more slowly, meaning it is often in an advanced stage by the time it’s diagnosed. With CKD, the severity ranges from stage one to stage five, with stage five the most severe; kidney transplant or dialysis will be needed. Failure to diagnose kidney failure by your doctor could mean that you progress quickly to stage five before a diagnosis is made and this could have been avoided.
Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose
Ultimately, medical professionals have standards to meet and if they fail to do so, you could be eligible to claim compensation. If you have been diagnosed with advanced stage kidney failure, and this could have been detected earlier, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. Many will offer a 100% no win, no fee* service and can offer advice on your individual situation. Whether it was your GP or another healthcare professional who failed to provide you with a timely diagnosis, suing them is not something you should feel guilty for and the amount of compensation you receive will take into account your pain, suffering, loss of earnings and the cost of any future care needed.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
It’s a sad fact of life that failure to diagnose kidney failure does occur, but here at Accident Advice Helpline, we aim to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve if this has affected you. The 30-second test on our website will let you see how much you could be eligible to claim and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds over the phone if your claim is viable. Don’t hesitate to call us for advice on your individual situation, as our team offer advice in confidence, with no obligation to proceed.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown