Did Medical Malpractice Worsen Your Kidney Disease?

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Most cases of advanced kidney failure are preventable or delayable if properly diagnosed and treated. Failing to diagnose or treat kidney disease can lead to complete kidney failure and the need for a lifetime of prescription drugs, time-consuming kidney dialysis and one or more kidney transplant operations. It usually results in the premature death of the patient.

While medical negligence typically does not cause kidney disease, kidney failure can result from a failure to diagnose kidney disease in its earliest stages or a failure to treat kidney disease properly. In some cases, medical negligence involving a prescription drug error could cause acute renal failure.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Every medical professional has a duty to provide a reasonable standard of care to the patients they treat. This does not mean they must order every possible test and use every available technology on a fishing expedition. They must provide the level of competent medical care that other doctors would provide in similar circumstances.

  • They should order tests that are "reasonable" and standard under the circumstances.
  • They should review lab results in a timely manner.
  • They should consult a specialist on difficult cases.
  • If a specific illness is suspected, a general practitioner should refer the patient to a specialist who will be up to date on the latest medical knowledge in his or her field of specialization.

When medical professionals fail to provide a reasonable standard of care, they have been negligent. If that negligence results in harm to a patient, the patient can be compensated financially.

Proving That Medical Negligence Caused Harm

People who have been harmed by medical negligence — including patients experiencing kidney failure or with advanced kidney disease — can bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. They can seek compensation for lost wages and lost earning potential, medical costs, dialysis, medications, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

If you suspect medical negligence made your condition worse, talk to an attorney about your suspicions. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can review your medical records with the assistance of a doctor to see if medical malpractice may have played a role.

At Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A., we help people who have suffered the effects of kidney disease because of the negligence of a doctor, clinic or other medical professional. To speak with a medical malpractice attorney at our firm, call our Coral Gables law office at 786-401-4706 or contact us by email.