Our kidneys play a vital role in our bodies. These organs are about the size of a fist, and they work to filter our blood, remove waste and extra water, and create urine. If your doctor did not properly diagnose your kidney failure, they may be guilty of malpractice. At the Weitz Firm, our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys are ready to investigate your case and work to determine whether you are entitled to compensation.
Typically, various signs and symptoms will suggest to a doctor that you may be experiencing kidney failure. A doctor may suggest certain tests and procedures verify this diagnosis. This can include:
Unfortunately, there are times when a doctor does not properly diagnose kidney failure. This can result in a patient requiring dialysis for the rest of their lives. In some cases, a doctor’s failure to diagnose leads to a patient’s death. Approximately 660,000 people are living with kidney failure in the United States.
Some cases of kidney failure will revolve around a failure to properly diagnose the issue. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, diagnostic errors are the medical mistakes that cause the most patient harm and lead to the most medical malpractice lawsuits. The researchers estimate that as many as 80,000 to 160,000 patients are killed each year due to a misdiagnosis.
Kidney failure misdiagnosis is more likely to occur when a doctor:
Kidney failure treatment can result in significant expenses for a patient. If a doctor fails to detect and treat early-stage kidney disease, end-stage kidney failure could result in a patient requiring:
If you or somebody you care about is suffering from kidney failure that a doctor previously did not diagnose, seek legal assistance today. At the Weitz Firm, our qualified and experienced attorneys will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to. This can include: