If you have suffered kidney damage as a result of someone else’s negligence and you need to find out whether you are able to make a compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our 24-hour free legal helpline is staffed with trained professionals that will give you the best kidney damage advice.
Symptoms of kidney damage
Kidneys play an important role in the normal functioning of your body and kidney damage can be detrimental to your health. It is not always immediately apparent that kidney damage may have been sustained because the symptoms are often not known and may only appear a while after the damage has been done. Detecting compromised kidney function and treating the underlying problems may be the first step in improving kidney function and your health.
Some of the signs to look out for if you are concerned you may have kidney damage:
- Blood in the urine
- Protein in the urine
- Urinating more frequently, particularly at night
- Painful urination
- Water retention that causes puffiness around the eyes and swelling of the hands and feet
If you suspect that you may have kidney damage, there are some standard tests that a medical professional can perform that can help determine if this may be the case:
- Testing for glomerular filtration rate (GFR). A result of less than 60 could indicate kidney damage.
- A blood test that will check the creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) levels in the blood. These are waste products that will build up in your blood when you have reduced kidney function.
What can I do to improve kidney function?
The following things will help reduce kidney damage and improve kidney function:
- Know your family’s medical history
- Go for an annual physical
- Do not smoke
- Avoid excessive alcohol
- Avoid using too many over-the-counter painkillers
- Exercise regularly
- Control your weight – being overweight can put additional strain on your kidneys
- Follow a healthy diet and avoid fatty and salty foods
- Keep an eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Can I make a compensation claim for kidney damage?
If you have suffered kidney damage as a result of clinical negligence, or if your kidney damage was sustained as a result of your work and this was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline and kidney damage advice
Accident Advice Helpline has a 24-hour free legal helpline that you can reach on 0800 689 0500. Our well-trained staff will be able to give you advice based on your unique situation and guide you through what you would need in order to make a kidney damage compensation claim.
It will not cost you anything to start your compensation claim either. Our solicitors all work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so you do not pay a thing until you win your compensation claim.
If you are interested in what a kidney damage claim might be worth, you can try our test at the top of the page. It will only take 30 seconds to complete. You have nothing to lose.
Date Published: November 7, 2013
Author: David Brown