Kidney infection of pyelonephritis is relatively rare, affecting around 830 people in the UK every year, with women more at risk than men. It is caused by bacteria travelling from the bladder into the kidneys, and can be prevented with good hygiene habits and by drinking plenty of water. Left untreated, a kidney infection could cause permanent damage to your kidneys, so the failure to diagnose a kidney infection has serious consequences.
The symptoms usually come on quickly and can include:
- Pain in the lower back and side
- High temperature
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling weak and tired
You should see your GP if you have any of these symptoms as proper treatment with antibiotics is needed. Those who are pregnant or have pre-existing health conditions may need to be admitted to hospital. Whilst it’s rare for kidney infections to cause complications, they could lead to sepsis (blood poisoning) or an abscess in the kidney.
Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose a kidney infection
If you have visited your GP with symptoms of a kidney infection and they fail to make a diagnosis, you could be left in pain and feeling unwell. This may lead to time off work, loss of earnings and even complications including life-threatening blood poisoning. If your GP has failed to diagnose a kidney infection, there may be evidence that medical negligence has occurred, and if this is proven, you could claim compensation for your pain and suffering. Medical professionals are expected to meet certain standards, so if you have received sub-standard treatment for your condition, contact a personal injury lawyer today.
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We’ve been in the personal injury industry since 2000, and here at Accident Advice Helpline, our team of professional personal injury lawyers have dealt with all kinds of claims, from medical negligence to slips, trips and falls. It’s easy to find out whether you could be eligible to claim compensation for the failure to diagnose a kidney infection; just call our freephone helpline and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds. If you need advice, we can offer that too – in confidence and with no obligation to proceed with a claim. What’s more we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no upfront fees to worry about. Call our freephone helpline today – we’re open 24/7 – and find out how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown