Common Causes Of Kidney Disease
The most common kidney diseases are chronic, meaning they cannot be cured but can be well-managed. With the exception of acute cases, it is common for a person to treat his or her chronic kidney disease (CKD) and never require dialysis or a transplant. The important thing is to be properly diagnosed and treated by the proper professionals.
With chronic kidney disease (CKD), the goal is typically to manage the disease. With an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment, most kidney patients can live a relatively normal life, while avoiding the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant. Without that accurate diagnosis and treatment, CKD can lead to end-stage renal failure, requiring dialysis and eventually a kidney transplant. Serious cases that are not discovered until the patient is critical can result in death.
A Nationwide Practice Handling CKD Medical Malpractice Claims
At Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A., our experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyers have a proven record of success in kidney malpractice cases. Renal failure cases are quite different from most medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases because unlike accidents and other situations that result in injuries, most instances of kidney disease are chronic but manageable.
What Are The Causes Of Kidney Disease?
Kidney diseases remain enigmatic; seldom can a single, conclusive cause be identified for any individual patient’s condition. However, studies have shown that the likely causes of kidney failure include:
- Hereditary/family history of kidney disease
- Environmental factors
- Large quantities of analgesics (over-the-counter painkillers)
- Heavy trauma
Diabetes and high blood pressure directly contribute to kidney disease, and so does glomerulonephritis, inflammation of the glomeruli, the capillaries that initiate the filtering process in the kidneys. In the earliest stages, kidney failure is difficult to detect — the symptoms may be inconsistent and vague. Kidney failure can only be accurately diagnosed by a renal biopsy. If a physician finds protein in your urine, he or she should immediately refer you to a nephrologist (doctors specializing in the renal system.)
Misdiagnosis Or Improper Treatment Causes Harm
If you are suffering from kidney/renal failure because of a medical misdiagnosis and/or improper treatment for kidney disease, a medical malpractice claim may offer a remedy. Time is critical as the law limits the window for seeking compensation.