Problems with kidneys can be difficult to diagnose until they are quite advanced. Sometimes the kidney failure symptoms are there but not recognised or not treated seriously enough.
Finding out that you are suffering with kidney failure and that your treating doctor could have done something to assist you but failed to do so, will be extremely frustrating and disappointing for you.
We can help you to understand if the medical professionals who treated you were negligent or not, and if they were help you to decide if you would like to make a claim for medical negligence.
What is kidney failure and why does it happen?
Kidneys help to filter out waste products from your blood. After they have filtered out the waste products, the kidneys turn this waste into urine. Kidney failure is when your kidneys are no longer working properly and therefore cannot filter impurities out from your blood. Often kidney failure is caused by conditions that put a strain on your kidneys such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) are the two main forms of kidney failure. CKD generally develops more slowly than AKI, so that by the time one is diagnosed with CKD the condition can often be quite advanced.
Chronic Kidney Disease
CKD is measured in five stages, with Stage 1 indicating the mildest form of the condition, and Stage 5 the most severe. Usually no symptoms are experienced in stages 1 to 3. Stage 5 CKD (also known as End Stage Renal Failure) means that dialysis and/or transplant surgery is needed.
If your kidney failure was not diagnosed by your treating doctors either at all or at the time it ought to have been, and you have been diagnosed with Stage 5 CKD then we will discuss with you the possibility that if your diagnosis had been made sooner, Stage 5 CKD may have been delayed (so as to give you more time to find a kidney donor) or avoided altogether.
What are the symptoms of kidney failure?
Your body will be able to work quite well with significantly reduced kidney function and therefore your symptoms may not show up until later on, but they will include:
• Increased need to urinate
• Swollen ankles and feet or hands
• Weight loss
• Blood or protein in your urine
• High blood pressure
• Muscle cramps
• Men may be unable to maintain an erection
Many of these symptoms can point towards other less serious conditions, but if combined with other factors in your medical history, your GP should be looking to test your kidney function.
Making a missed kidney failure diagnosis claim
Our team of experienced medical negligence solicitors have been helping people like you for many years and we would like the opportunity to help you too.
We can offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your situation in detail and you are under no obligation to take it any further. All of the options open to you to fund the claim will be explained in detail (including no win, no fee) and we will give you advice about which one we think will work for you the best.
Call us today to arrange your free, initial consultation.