Renal Failure - Failure to Diagnose Kidney or Other Diseases
Six million adults in the United States have renal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When kidney function is impaired due to disease, the body is unable to remove waste products from the blood as effectively as it would in a healthy individual. When our kidneys aren't working properly, harmful poisons build up in our bodies. Kidney failure can cause severe harm or even death if it is not caught early enough. Failure to detect renal illness early enough can lead to dialysis-requiring kidney failure. Lifelong dialysis treatment is challenging enough without adding the added stress of learning that a doctor's failure to request necessary tests or provide a correct interpretation of those findings led to the patient's condition.
A medical malpractice case exists when a patient is harmed because their doctor missed renal failure. But it is challenging to prove medical negligence, and many lawyers lack the experience necessary to win a claim for a missed diagnosis. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, experienced medical malpractice attorneys can assess your case if you think you were injured due to a doctor's carelessness. We help clients throughout Upstate New York, with offices in multiple convenient locations. Our extensive experience in the medical malpractice field is reflected in the results we have achieved for our clients.
Damage to the kidneys or a worsening of preexisting renal illness are two possible outcomes of substandard medical care. If a clinician misses a kidney injury or disease, misses another condition that can induce renal harm, or doesn't treat kidney disease appropriately, the patient could end up with kidney failure. Certain drugs, as well as medical and genetic factors, can raise the probability of developing chronic kidney disease. Medical professionals should be attentive for any signs of chronic renal disease in patients because of the elevated risk for this condition. When these people start showing symptoms, tests should be conducted immediately away to rule out chronic renal disease before it causes irreversible harm.
Nausea, vomiting, bloody urine, irregular heart rhythm, elevated blood pressure, and swelling in the extremities such the hands and feet are all symptoms of renal failure (the sudden loss of kidney function) or kidney disease (the gradual loss of kidney function). Regrettably, these are also indications of a wide variety of other diseases and conditions. There are tests and questions doctors can ask to narrow down the possible causes of the symptoms. If a doctor fails to properly identify renal illness or kidney failure, they may be held liable for their negligence. This error leads to a wrong diagnosis of renal illness, which makes the patient's situation worse than it would have been if the doctors had acted promptly and effectively.
Many people with renal disease would be substantially healthier if their primary care physicians would test them and refer them to specialists as soon as possible. Accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment are possible with early detection using urine testing and maybe a biopsy. The failure to refer a patient to a renal expert when diagnostic testing reveals kidney problems can have fatal consequences.
Chronic renal disease can often be halted or even reversed if treated properly. That's why it's so serious when a doctor ignores a patient who appears with kidney disease symptoms.
If other diseases or ailments that can lead to kidney injury are not diagnosed and treated, doctors may also be to blame for a patient's renal injury. Inattention to a patient's symptoms, failure to recognize symptoms of underlying illnesses that can cause kidney injury, failure to ask appropriate questions, and incorrect interpretation of test results are all potential causes of this problem. Some examples of kidney damage that can arise from incorrectly diagnosing another condition are as follows:
- An immunological reaction to another infection or condition may trigger Nephritic Syndrome.
- Acute nephritis may result from a bacterial infection or a reaction to a medication.
- High blood pressure has been linked to the development of nephrosclerosis.
- Both diabetes and hypertension are linked to chronic kidney disease.
If you or a loved one sustain injury or harm because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose kidney or other disease and suffered renal failure, our law firm may be able to help you recover damages. It is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice claims and who works with credible experts. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano represents injured clients and their families throughout Upstate New York, including Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Elmira, Binghamton, Auburn, Ithaca, Oswego, Norwich, Herkimer, Delhi, Cooperstown, Cortland, Lowville, Oneida, Watertown, Utica, Canandaigua, Wampsville, Lyons, and surrounding areas. Please call us at 833-200-2000 or contact us via our online form to discuss your case.