Kidney failure, a severe medical condition where the kidneys lose their ability to filter waste from the blood, can be life-threatening if not timely diagnosed and treated. When a healthcare provider’s negligence results in a delayed diagnosis, the consequences can be devastating. In such instances, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to help.
Kidney failure, also known as renal failure, can occur gradually (chronic kidney disease) or suddenly (acute kidney failure). The National Kidney Foundation estimates that approximately 37 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, but nearly 90% are unaware of their condition due to its asymptomatic nature in the early stages. A delayed diagnosis can allow the disease to progress to an advanced stage, leading to a reduced quality of life, expensive medical treatment, and potentially fatal complications.
The standard of care in medicine requires healthcare providers to recognize symptoms and risk factors, conduct appropriate tests, and correctly interpret results to diagnose kidney failure in a timely manner. When they fail to do so, whether by misinterpreting test results, failing to order necessary tests, or disregarding a patient’s complaints, this delay can result in irreversible damage and, in extreme cases, the need for dialysis or transplantation.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a delayed diagnosis of kidney failure due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, a medical malpractice attorney can help in several ways:
Suffering from kidney failure is challenging enough without the added burden of a delayed diagnosis due to a healthcare provider’s negligence. If you find yourself in this situation, a medical malpractice attorney can provide crucial support. While they cannot reverse the physical and emotional impact, they can advocate for your rights, seek the compensation you deserve, and bring you one step closer to justice.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from advanced kidney disease and you think the kidney problems were caused by the negligence of a healthcare professional, contact Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli and Pratt today. Our qualified and experienced medical malpractice lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case and work to determine whether you are entitled to compensation for what happened. This could include:
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