Polycystic kidney disease is a condition which causes fluid-filled sacs or cysts to develop in the kidneys. The most common type is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) which is an inherited condition – one in every 1,000 people in the UK is born with the condition. It’s estimated around 50,000 people in the UK currently have symptoms of polycystic kidney disease, which can include:
- High blood pressure
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in the urine
- Recurring UTIs
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and over time the kidneys will lose their function, causing kidney failure or end-stage kidney disease. The kidneys play an important role in the body, keeping the salt and water levels balanced, helping maintain healthy blood pressure and making the hormones needed to produce bone and blood. There is no cure for ADPKD, but prompt diagnosis is essential as blood pressure and other symptoms can be controlled with medication. In the event of kidney failure, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be needed. Failure to diagnose polycystic kidney disease could increase the risk of complications such as heart attack, brain aneurysm or polycystic liver disease.
Should you claim compensation for medical negligence?
Whilst medical negligence compensation claims can often be slightly more complex than standard personal injury claims, hiring a professional personal injury lawyer will ensure that your claim goes smoothly. There is no need to feel guilty; if you have suffered failure to diagnose polycystic kidney disease at the hands of a negligent doctor, you are entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as compensation for any loss of earnings due to time off work. There is usually a three year time limit in place to make a claim, but it’s a good idea to claim as soon as possible after your GP visit.
Choose a reputable personal injury lawyer
With so many adverts on TV for personal injury lawyers, how do you know which firm to choose for your medical negligence claim? Choose a company with more than 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, who are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Accident Advice Helpline’s team of professional personal injury lawyers don’t deal with any other areas of the law; we’re specialists in personal injury. So whether you have been injured in an accident at work or suffered after a failed diagnosis by your GP, we can help. Get in touch today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see what we can do for you.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown