Millions of people are diagnosed with kidney disease during their lifetimes. Kidney disorders are more common than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Additionally, they are frequently the cause of other serious medical conditions. The kidneys are critical in cleansing the body of toxins, regulating the amount of water, controlling blood pressure, and getting rid of waste filtered from the bloodstream. When the kidneys fail, called renal failure, it can be life-threatening or fatal.
Doctors who treat kidney problems are nephrologists. Like other medical professionals, nephrologists sometimes make mistakes that injure or harm their patients. While poor outcomes to medical treatments are sometimes unavoidable, there are also many times those negative outcomes were preventable, caused by medical negligence or malpractice. Suppose a nephrologist makes a mistake in treating kidney disease. In that case, it may be considered medical malpractice, and the patient (or the patient’s family members in fatal cases) may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible doctor or medical system.
Nephrologists are responsible for diagnosing and treating kidney disorders and helping patients make positive changes to diet and activity when they lose a kidney to help prevent the onset or advancement of other medical conditions. Some of the most common conditions that nephrologists diagnose and help patients manage include:
Because nephrologists frequently work with other doctors and specialists due to the correlation of kidney disorders with other medical conditions, it can be challenging to determine which doctor is responsible for injuries resulting from the mismanagement or negligence that caused renal failure. That’s why it is critical for patients with such injuries to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney if they believe their injuries could have been prevented.
Typically, patients are referred to nephrologists for further examination by their primary care doctors. When diagnosing patients, nephrologists usually order a battery of lab tests, including imaging, ultrasounds, urinalysis, or biopsies. After determining a diagnosis, a nephrologist will suggest a treatment plan as minor as taking medications or as serious as cancer treatment or a kidney transplant. In complex situations, patients may be referred to other specialists.
Nephrology mistakes happen in various ways, depending on the specific situation. A failure to diagnose and properly treat a kidney condition can lead to a worsening of the condition, neuropathy, heart failure, the loss of a kidney, or renal failure and death. A nephrologist may be held liable for injuries that result from a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, failing to order applicable lab tests, misreading imaging or diagnostic tests, or prescribing inappropriate type or dosage of medication, among other negligent actions.
Suppose you believe that you or your family member suffered a severe injury due to the negligence or medical malpractice of a nephrologist. In that case, you need to discuss your situation with an experienced malpractice lawyer.
At Ross Feller Casey, our medical malpractice attorneys have helped families like yours with these types of cases. We have a successful track record of winning large verdicts for our clients, getting them the financial compensation they deserve for their damages. Additionally, we have a team of leading medical doctors on our staff to review medical records and assist with your claim.
Contact our law office today to arrange for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. You will not be charged any fees until we win or settle your case.
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